ERIC Number: ED356023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Improving Staff Development in South County Community College District, California.
Clough, Carol E.
A study was conducted to investigate staff development needs at Chabot College and Las Positas College as perceived by members of the faculty, administration, and classified staff; to develop strategies to address the perceived needs; and to recommend short- and long-term implementation plans. A Staff Development Needs Assessment Questionnaire, an eight-page instrument designed specifically for the study, was administered to the 745 full- and part-time administrators, faculty, and classified staff at the colleges. The questionnaire asked about demographic information; opinions about the colleges' organizational operating environment; willingness to participate in workshops focused on meeting changing institutional needs, developing academic and technical knowledge and skills, and personal development; preferred workshop times; and personal achievements in professional development. Study findings, based on 577 responses, included the following: (1) administrator, faculty, and staff respondents wanted more computer-related information/skills and information on methods for improving service to or working with culturally diverse people; (2) 91% of the respondents felt that the institution should encourage and facilitate development and continuous learning of personnel, but only 44% felt that the district was providing that environmental tone and support; (3) administrators expressed most interest in workshops on problem-solving strategies, team building, and priority setting; and (4) 80% of the faculty and classified staff perceived salary incentives for participation in staff development as important, compared to 58% of the administrators. A review of the literature, recommendations for a Human Resource Development Model for the colleges, and appendixes containing college mission statements and the survey instrument and responses are included. (Contains 446 references.) (MAB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Faculty Development, Inservice Education, Needs Assessment, Professional Development, Professional Recognition, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Staff Development, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A