ERIC Number: ED319418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The FACET Report. Toward 2001: An Odyssey of Excellence.
Saint Petersburg Junior Coll., FL.
In 1989, the Focus on Access, Community, and Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Commission was created at St. Petersburg Junior College (SPJC) to develop recommendations to guide the college into the 21st century. The Commission's work plan included the definition of SPJC's educational standards; open hearings to solicit ideas from students, faculty, alumni, administration, staff, and community; and the exploration of ways to enrich teaching effectiveness. The investigation of the college's institutional values concluded that, above all, SPJC exists to serve students and to provide educational opportunities for its multicultural community. Guiding principles developed for the college underscored the value of people, academic excellence, partnerships, innovation and creativity, and leadership. The Commission's findings with respect to employee selection, orientation, and evaluation; pay and professional recognition; faculty and staff development; and organization and program development resulted in a series of recommendations for improvement. Selected recommendations stressed that: (1) selection processes ensure that candidates understand and support SPJC's mission; (2) orientation procedures be expanded; (3) evaluation focus on both appraising and improving performance; (4) a faculty ranking system be established based on performance, longevity, credentials, and service; (5) outstanding achievement be recognized and rewarded; (6) a long-range plan for faculty and staff development be developed; and (7) SPJC continue to focus on student success and minority achievement, and implement new efforts in the areas of applied ethics and workforce literacy. A discussion of the characteristics of an excellent community college is attached. (WJT)
Descriptors: College Programs, Community Colleges, Educational Quality, Excellence in Education, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Recruitment, Long Range Planning, Organizational Objectives, Personnel Evaluation, Program Development, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Selection, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Petersburg Junior Coll., FL.
Note: Prepared by the Focus on Access, Community, and Excellence in Teaching (FACET) Commission.