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ERIC Number: ED180547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-29
Reference Count: 0
The Salt Mines Revisited: Two Years of Faculty Returning to Industry.
Parsons, Michael H.
To meet the vocational needs of the college's new clientele and to update faculty knowledge and skills, Hagerstown Junior College initiated a five-year program designed to return all career faculty to industry on a temporary basis. Faculty members requesting a return to industry submitted proposals that specified the area of specialization, the tasks to be undertaken, the time required, and the resources necessary for completion. Each proposal was assessed on the basis of weighted criteria including length of time "out of field," degree of technological change in the industry, and accessibility of a host. Accepted projects underwent a formative, on-site assessment conducted by the Dean of Instruction, an initial summative review prepared by the on-site supervisor, and a final summative report prepared by the faculty member analyzing the integration of the experience into his/her teaching. A review of the 13 projects completed since 1978 reveals that: (1) the participants performed valuable services for the host industries; (2) there was an increased understanding between the hosts and the college; and (3) host industries hired an increased number of Hagerstown graduates. A third-party performance review conducted by the Appalachian Regional Commission recommended study into the duplication of the back-to-industry program at other colleges. (Author/JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hagerstown Junior College MD
Note: Paper commissioned for the National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development Northeastern Skill-building Workshop (Cherry Hill, NJ, November 29, 1979)