ERIC Number: ED371807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Recent Strategies for Faculty Development. ERIC Digest.
Faculty development programs encompass a wide range of activities and allow community college faculty to improve instructional material and delivery and keep the spark of creativity and enthusiasm alive under pressures from decreasing budgets and heavier workloads. A recent program at Borough of Manhattan Community College focused on student needs by combining faculty development, curricular reform, and counseling changes to reduce high attrition rates in minority populations. A long-term professional development collaboration between Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University (KSU) has resulted in 70 staff members taking KSU courses, with 25 admitted to doctoral programs. Adjunct faculty at College of the Canyons (California) receive a stipend and a 10% salary increase for their completion of instructional skills and advanced teaching workshops. Many programs also incorporate classroom research allowing teachers to improve teaching through the use of feedback measures that assess what students are learning and make changes accordingly. Other development efforts include a teaching resource handbook developed by the Community College of Vermont, the infusion of "globally-oriented components" into courses in the Virginia Community College System, and Brevard Community College's Return to Industry program which allows faculty to update skills through summer projects at industry sites of their choice. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.