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ERIC Number: ED367382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Faculty Development: The Impact of AB1725 on California's Community Colleges.
Heeren, John W.; Mason, Marylee
California Assembly Bill (AB) 1725 was passed to improve the operation of the state's community colleges with respect to finance, governance, affirmative action, employment policies, instructional technique, and accountability, providing a $5 million fund for staff development. To assess the effects of AB 1725 on the quantity and quality of faculty development activities, a study was conducted in 1992 of the perceptions of those in charge of development at a random sample of 40 community colleges in the state. Questionnaires distributed to the development personnel at the colleges sought information on the types and extent of current development activities and estimations of development activity five years previously; i.e., before AB 1725. Study findings, based on a 42.5% response rate (n=17), included the following: (1) the modal response for the proportion of faculty involved in development activities on respondents' campuses was more than 70%, compared to 10%-30% estimated for five years ago; (2) five years ago, development activities were almost exclusively professional meetings/conferences and continuing education, while current activities included workshops, retreats, campus presentations, and participation in governance; (3) the most common incentive for development currently was travel money, followed by professional commitment; and (4) while the chief obstacle five years ago was the lack of designated funds, respondents cited heavy teaching loads as the current most common obstacle. The survey instrument is appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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