ERIC Number: ED318524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Accreditation: Evaluating the Collective Faculty.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
The Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges developed this series of criteria for use by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as a basis for developing standards for evaluating the collective faculty of a college. Criteria dealing with the characteristics of the faculty focus on the following: (1) the hiring process, suggesting that each college insure that faculty are chosen for their ability to perform their professional responsibilities and their understanding of the characteristics of the students they will serve; (2) preparation in the discipline, suggesting that more than 90% of the full- and part-time faculty should possess qualifications that at least meet state minimum hiring standards, and more than 50% should exceed the state minimum hiring standards; (3) staff development, focusing on the accessibility and faculty awareness of professional development opportunities, and the adoption of measures of faculty currency in their field; (4) evaluation, suggesting that the evaluation process focus on faculty effectiveness, currency in his/her field, extracurricular activities, service to the community, and self-evaluation and identification of self-determined goals; (5) assignment and load, recommending faculty involvement in the accreditation process and in academic senates and that data be collected to evaluate instructors' performance in non-teaching roles and measure faculty-wide participation in committees; (6) faculty effectiveness, suggesting that evaluation of the faculty as a whole measure the percentage of faculty judged by students and their peers to be satisfactory or better, and the percentage who have received training in pedagogy and working with a multicultural student body; and (7) staff diversity, encouraging colleges to strive for racial and cultural diversity in their faculty and staff. The final section argues that the ideal measure for evaluating the collective faculty is the degree to which they contribute to the motivation and achievement of students. (JMC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.