ERIC Number: ED205251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Deferred Maintenance or Institutional Renewal? Professional Development Leaves at Valencia Community College.
White, Kenneth B.
Noting the diminishing interinstitutional mobility among community college faculty, this paper examines current staff development practices and outlines recommendations for improving staff development at Valencia Community College (VCC). The paper first argues that traditional staff development activities, such as sabbatical leaves and research support, emphasize potential job mobility and must be changed to effect the professional renewal of a static work force. Drawing on survey responses from 31 two-year colleges, the paper then analyzes common sabbatical and professional leave policies in terms of philosophy, eligibility requirements, number of leaves available, salaries, requirements for continued service after the leave, and application procedures. Next, the paper reviews VCC's sabbatical leave policies, notes factors affecting policy implementation, and describes its overall staff development program. It then recommends the creation of new sabbatical leave policies and of a centrally coordinated development office and the allocation of money for retraining professional staff. The paper concludes with a plea for innovative staff development efforts. Appendices include a statement of VCC's policies and procedures for professional leaves; quotations from relevant sections of the Florida Administrative Code; survey findings; a follow-up report on professional leave in Washington; and salary data. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Washington