ERIC Number: ED243512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-1
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development: A New Imperative.
Shawl, William F.
Community colleges have moved from a period of rapid growth to one of retrenchment, in which junior faculty members are often laid off and new faculty members are not being hired. The community colleges now have an experienced faculty, most at the apex of their careers, but who, in many disciplines, do not necessarily fit student enrollment patterns or the needs of a smaller curriculum. Struggling to retain their strongest programs and become more efficient and effective, community colleges also face the reality of trying to accomplish more with less funds in order to remain competitive with other providers of adult education. Like any profit-making enterprise, institutions in the "education business" must devote a substantial amount of their resources to research and development in order to improve methods of delivering instruction of higher quality at lower costs. Staff development is central to this effort. Colleges must provide incentives and rewards for college personnel to develop new skills, keep up with the rapid increase of knowledge in their fields, develop an understanding of instructional software to create workable instructional systems, and, if necessary, retrain in a new field. Materials illustrating aspects of the staff development programs at Cypress College and Golden West College in California are appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (64th, Washington, DC, April 1-4, 1984).