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Students attending career colleges are typically at higher risk of dropping out or stopping out of school given many external factors such as working full-time or raising families. For these at-risk students, relationships with faculty and staff members on campus help create an environment that is more likely to help them succeed. In addition, Tinto (1993) described how important the instructor and classroom experience specifically are to student success and retention. As such, it is important that faculty members are prepared from the first day they enter the classroom to provide the necessary balance of support and challenge to these students. Lounder, et al. (2011) discussed recent studies suggesting that adjunct faculty in general may be less effective in the classroom. At a time when many colleges are using more adjunct faculty, finding ways to help these instructors be more prepared and effective should be of importance to all colleges and career colleges in particular. One way that career colleges can help instructors be prepared from day one is to institute more rigorous and impactful orientation or onboarding programs. The purpose of this presentation is to combine current research in faculty life with research in human resources and onboarding to suggest best practices for onboarding career college faculty.

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