ERIC Number: ED161485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Targets of Opportunity: Strategies for Managing a Staff Development Consortium.
Parsons, Michael H.
The Appalachian Staff Development Consortium, comprised of three community colleges and the state college located in Appalachian Maryland, attempts to integrate staff development activities into the operational framework of the sponsoring agencies. The consortium, which is managed by a steering committee composed of one teaching faculty member and one instructional administrator from each of the member colleges, uses a management process which seeks to achieve targeted goals. Five management strategies or functions of the steering committee in this process include serving as: (1) linking agent--bringing together faculty from member institutions who have like interests, needs, or problems; (2) climate developer--creating an environment that is responsive to innovation and supportive of change; (3) information disseminator--keeping members aware of what is transpiring, providing faculty-based peer recognition, and developing among individual institutions a sense of identification with the consortium; (4) insularity reducer--insuring contact between the everyday concerns of the individual small rural colleges and the broader issues presented by the consortium through consulting, travel, and encouragement of specific projects; and (5) regional revitalizer--fostering personnel development through effective communication, long range planning, resource development, and evaluation. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Regional Conference of the National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, November 17, 1978)