ERIC Number: ED253281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Funds for Excellence: A College Faculty/Industry Partnership That Works.
Cooper, John F.; Hill, John P.
The Funds for Excellence program at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) offers teachers the opportunity to take time off to enter or re-enter business and industry to update their skills and knowledge; to update and enhance occupational/technical curricula and courses; and to improve communication between area business and the college. Recognizing the need for a more effective means of vocational faculty upgrading than sabbatical leaves, TNCC applied for and received a grant for 1983-84 under the Virginia State Council of Higher Education's "Funds for Excellence Program." The initial year of the project had as its goal to select faculty members and place them from half- to full-time in governmental, business or industrial worksites for an academic quarter. Nine faculty members, representing the disciplines of architecture, accounting, commercial art, drafting, electronic servicing, and food service, were selected and participated during the initial year. Evaluations completed by participating faculty, their division chair, and the participating business/industry indicated that the business/industry representatives felt that their firms had benefited from the program; that faculty members felt their skills had been upgraded; that courses in several departments were updated with new knowledge and new equipment; and that important links were made between participating faculty and personnel at their internship sites. During the second year of the program, efforts are being undertaken to expand interest in the program within the college and business community. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Thomas Nelson Community Coll., Hampton, VA.
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