Adjuncts can bring students real-world professionalism to the classroom and help schools deliver services otherwise unaffordable, school officials said.
"Adjuncts bring a focused expertise that enhances what we do," Western Provost Jane McBride Gates said. "It strengthens the quality of learning we're able to bring to our students."
But others say adjuncts are overused and, at a time when the cost of education keeps increasing, students should have the benefit of full-time faculty.
Gates said adjuncts are necessary because they can be hired at a lower rate than their full-time peers.