ERIC Number: ED200285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Staff Development Practices in U. S. Community Colleges.
Smith, Albert B.
A nationwide survey of 1,315 community colleges was conducted in 1979 to draw a profile of the colleges' staff development practices. A 12-page survey instrument asked respondents to: (1) identify the goals of the staff development program; (2) estimate the effectiveness of the instructional methods used in these programs, as well as the methods used to evaluate instructor performance; (3) estimate the effectiveness of staff development practices used by the college, such as sabbatical leaves and travel grants; (4) indicate the participation of various faculty and staff groups in staff development activities; (5) identify the sources of program funding; (6) describe the organizational structure of staff development programs; and (7) indicate the criteria used to evaluate these programs and the degree to which these criteria had been met. Selected findings indicate that, of the 687 responding colleges, 413 had organized staff development programs. The most frequently mentioned program goals centered on the development of faculty, rather than non-teaching staff, and the availability of travel funds was rated the most effective staff development activity. Only 25% of the colleges had completed a full evaluation of their staff development programs, and few were able to report that evaluation criteria had been met. The survey report details and compares findings, where possible, with those of a similar 1976 study. (JP)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Evaluation Criteria, Faculty Evaluation, Financial Support, National Surveys, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Sabbatical Leaves, Staff Development, Tables (Data), Teacher Participation, Teacher Workshops, Training Objectives, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges
AACJC National Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development, Vice President for Publications, Hocking Technical College, Nelsonville, OH 45764 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.