ERIC Number: ED394565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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A Faculty Driven Teaching & Learning Center: The Evolution of a Professional Development Venture.
Tacoma Community College (TCC), in Washington, has implemented a comprehensive professional development program to serve the training and development needs of its employees. Program goals include promoting student success through curriculum review and teaching development, increasing opportunities for professional development, building a positive working environment at TCC, and enhancing overall institutional effectiveness. Three major constituent groups provide the ongoing planning for training and development for TCC's professional development program: the faculty professional development committee, the classified staff education and training committee, and the management council. In 1994, TCC established the Teaching/Learning Center to build a resource of materials; provide facilities for research and evaluation of instructional systems; coordinate on-campus faculty development activities; provide video-and teleconferencing, computer network access, and specialized computing resources; organize a system of recognition and rewards for faculty and staff; and support ongoing professional development activities and interest groups. The Teaching/Learning Forum, for example, was created to fulfill faculty need for discussion related to instructional issues and for sharing successful teaching and learning techniques. The Forum's success is evidenced by the fact that participation doubled between its first and second years. Because of the development program and the Teaching/Learning Center, faculty are participating in record numbers and are becoming more involved in campus issues and decision making. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Tacoma Community College WA
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.