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ERIC Number: ED405923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Pages: 72
Abstractor: N/A
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Development of a Handbook for Department Chairpersons at Orange Coast College.
Arismendi-Pardi, E. J.
A project was undertaken at California's Orange Coast College (OCC) to develop a handbook that would delineate the duties and responsibilities of department chairs at the college. To determine the appropriate design elements and content of the handbook, the relevant literature was reviewed, formative criteria were established and validated, and current administrative handbooks from all the colleges in Orange County were analyzed. Once the handbook was developed, a summative review of the final product was conducted. Results suggested that the handbook needed to include essential information for chairs to adequately and ethically perform the duties and responsibilities of their positions, and that, to be effective, it must be practical and specific. It was also concluded that a handbook must be developed with the audience in mind to ensure that it is written at a level targeted for the primary audience. Recommendations for implementing the new handbook at OCC included the following: (1) it should be presented to the college for adoption; (2) it should be forwarded to the all the colleges in Orange County; (3) it should be reviewed, updated, and revised annually; and (4) the annual update should include input from department chairpersons who use the handbook. Contains 28 references. Appendixes provide the criteria used to develop the handbook, descriptions of faculty members involved in the formation and evaluation of the handbook, and the new handbook. (HAA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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