ERIC Number: ED180418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Retraining. Final Report of the Faculty Retraining Project. State University of New York.
Neff, Charles B.; Nyquist, Thomas E.
The State University of New York Program on Faculty Retraining is described. Retraining is defined as preparation to move from one academic field to another or from one subfield of a discipline to another. It is distinguished from faculty development, involving the acquisition of new skills or knowledge applicable to one's ongoing responsibilities. Faculty retraining is viewed as an opportunity for faculty in areas of low and declining enrollments to retrain in related or subdisciplines of growing or high enrollment. The Retraining Program has attracted faculty ranging in age from 28 to 58 from various professional and degree levels. The costs and funding procedures for the program are examined as well as application and acceptance process. Evaluations from administrators of participating campuses, and from faculty who have completed retraining indicate that the process has provided additional flexibility to colleges and universities confronted by the economics of retrenchment, declining enrollment, and high tenure ratios. It is suggested that retraining is most successful where clear guidelines are established at the outset, where it satisfies both the personal needs of faculty and institution, and where there is a good fit between the extent of career change and the length of the retraining program. Some sample questionnaires are included. Appended are guidelines for application, names of participating SUNY campuses, host campuses for retraining, faculty retraining grants awarded, a statistical summary, an outside evaluation, and articles and papers on the SUNY Retraining Program. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Career Change, College Faculty, Declining Enrollment, Educational Programs, Faculty Development, Financial Support, Grants, Guidelines, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Professional Training, Retrenchment, State Universities, Success, Tenure
SUNY Faculty Retraining Program, State University of New York, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany.