ERIC Number: ED184655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec-4
Reference Count: 0
Conducting a Needs Analysis for Faculty and Staff Development.
McKay, John R.
Suggestions for the successful implementation of a needs analysis for faculty/staff development are presented, based upon the experiences of a consortium of four South Carolina technical colleges. The report first defines a needs assessment as a process to determine the difference between what exists and what is needed, and then presents a five-point rationale for conducting a needs assessment which focuses on planning requirements and the problems involved in serving the changing needs of two-year college students in the face of a declining faculty turnover rate. The advantages and disadvantages of three methods for conducting a needs assessment are then discussed, including the nominal group technique and the modified Delphi technique--which enable small groups to develop a prioritized list of staff development needs--and surveys. A discussion of the following seven factors in the use of surveys in needs assessment is then presented: (1) development of survey objectives; (2) selection of the type of survey instrument to be used; (3) development and testing of the questionnaire--this section includes a list of the types of questions that can be asked and the subject areas into which they can be grouped; (4) administration of the questionnaire; (5) diagnosis of the data; (6) utilization of the data; and (7) evaluation of the survey's accuracy. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Delphi Technique; Nominal Group Technique
Note: Paper presented at the South Carolina Conference on "Build a Faculty and Staff Development Program" (Columbia, SC, December 4, 1979)