With its enrollment increasing by more than 40% in the last three years, Henry Ford Community College has consequently seen its ratio of adjunct to full-time teaching faculty grow to a ratio of four-to-one. The rise in adjunct faculty has created challenges, though none insurmountable, in the college’s pursuit of Achieving the Dream-inspired student success strategies.
Located in suburban Detroit, nearly half of the college’s 17,500 students in Fall 2010 were from various ethnic minorities, represent immigrant populations, and/or require targeted English language instruction. In the Fall 2010 semester, almost 40% of the college’s students were students of color and 47% of all undergraduate students were Pell grant recipients.
The college’s diverse student population faces challenging achievement gaps along defined ethnic and socio-economic lines. Henry Ford Community College is combatting and attempting to close these gaps and to facilitate the success of its culturally diverse student population.