ERIC Number: ED156227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-27
Reference Count: 0
Flexible Calendar and Staff Development 1977-1978.
As part of a continuing assessment of the flexible calendar at El Camino College (California) that provided ten days during the academic year for staff development, two surveys were undertaken in 1977-78. Approximately 750 faculty evaluation questionnaires on staff development, divided into three parts, were distributed to full- and part-time certificated personnel; of the 23% that responded, most were full-time faculty. About 75% of the respondents felt that the staff development program had been beneficial. Other parts of the questionnaire contained open-ended items soliciting comments on positive and negative aspects of the program, and compared actual attendance at staff development activities with previously expressed interest. In January 1978, 14 college administrators were interviewed on their points of view relative to staff development and suggestions for improvement. In February 1978, the Calendar Committee reviewed survey results and the possibility of remaining on the flexible schedule. After weighing the advantages and disadvantages of several options, and noting that participation in staff development activities was lower than expressed interest and that a significant drop in student enrollment might have been related to the early start calendar, the committee voted to return to the traditional calendar and finalized a 1978-79 schedule eliminating the staff development period, feeling it productive for only a minority of faculty. (TR)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Flexible Schedules, Inservice Education, Part Time Faculty, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Schedules, School Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Participation, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: El Camino Coll., Torrance, CA.