ERIC Number: ED416941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty and Staff Development. ERIC Digest.
This digest describes faculty and staff development as crucial elements for institutional effectiveness and quality. These programs allow faculty to improve instructional material, keep abreast of new technology and methods, and network with colleagues. When change takes place, perhaps through reorganization, restructuring, or a change in institutional mission, developmental activities can orient new employees and help continuing employees accept and adjust to new realities. For example, in 1993, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) transformed its mission from a limited career-oriented institution, to a comprehensive community college. The college has since devoted its efforts to activities that serve its new goals: community building, professional growth, personal growth, recognition, and appreciation. Like HCCC, community colleges should clarify their goals before implementing developmental programs, and consider faculty and staff participation. They must decide whether a program will focus on the person or their particular role, create a neutral environment if it is to serve all employee categories, determine who is to be served, and obtain advice and support from various sources, including colleagues, committee members, and the college president. Colleges must implement and integrate programs that are responsive to both its employees and the institutional mission. Contains 10 references. (YKH)
Publication Type: 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.