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ERIC Number: ED407011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Faculty Evaluation, Portfolio Development, and Accreditation: Walking the Tightrope.
Nolte, Walter; And Others
In response to recommendations from a 1992 accreditation visit, Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC), in Montana, designed and implemented a new faculty evaluation system. The college's Personnel Committee, comprised of seven full-time faculty members and the Academic Dean, was charged with developing the new system, beginning by reviewing evaluation procedures at other colleges, the current literature on faculty evaluation, and the history of faculty evaluation at FVCC. In response to findings that portfolios are very useful for faculty evaluation when there is a concentration on teaching, the Committee developed a portfolio that includes the following components: an evaluation plan, prepared by faculty and submitted immediately prior to their evaluation year; instructional and professional-related evaluations; a self-evaluation; a professional development plan; and a division chair/supervisor's evaluation. A revised pre-tenure evaluation process was also developed requiring more classroom observations. Using a three-year faculty evaluation cycle, one third of the faculty was designated to participate in the pilot year of the new evaluation process. Although there was some initial resistance to change and confusion over the sheer volume of forms, the pilot test indicated that the new system was successful in involving faculty and meeting accreditation standards, while the collaborative development of the process increased trust between faculty and administrators. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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