ERIC Number: ED211139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-2
Reference Count: 0
Hagerstown Junior College. Return to Industry by Career Education Faculty.
Parsons, Michael H.; Ziegler, John A.
The community college student population has changed radically in recent years with the influx of more part-time students, minorities, women, and those changing careers. In many cases the perceptions and skills of faculty members have not kept pace with the changing educational and job expectations of these new students. Staff development programs, initiated to remedy this situation, often do not adequately serve occupational faculty, who must draw their expertise from the work place and who in many cases have not practiced their specialty for many years. At Hagerstown Junior College, the Return to Industry program was initiated to bridge the gap between changes in industry and occupational programs in the community college. The grant-sponsored project provides the opportunity for occupational faculty to reinforce, update, or expand the skills and knowledge required to keep current with changing technology in their professions. Since summer 1978, faculty members from 13 of the college's 14 occupational programs have returned to industry. Formative and summative evaluations of these experiences have revealed the strength of the concept and its benefits to the host industries, the participants, and the school. This descriptive report is appended by examples of the instruments used to assess faculty and industry needs, guidelines for industry-school cooperation, the faculty proposal format, criteria for evaluating faculty proposals, sample agreements, evaluation forms, and other related materials. (HB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Development, Off the Job Training, Professional Continuing Education, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Business Relationship, Technological Advancement, Trade and Industrial Teachers, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hagerstown Junior Coll., MD.
Note: Report prepared for the National Conference of the National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development (Philadelphia, PA, November 2, 1981).