ERIC Number: ED423016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Outcomes of the VCCS Professional Development Initiative: 1993-1998.
Sydow, Debbie L.
This is a study of the outcomes of the professional development initiative implemented in 1993 by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). It attempts to answer the question of whether faculty participation in structured professional development activities results in significant improvements in teaching. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the actual effects of the initiative and to determine: (1) the extent to which these effects addressed the documented professional development needs of faculty, and; (2) the extent to which these effects resulted in enhanced student learning. Reported are the results of a 5-year follow-up survey of the professional development activities and needs of VCCS faculty. Included are a literature review, methods and procedures, and research findings related to the professional development survey, peer group conferences, and research grants. Based on the research findings, recommendations for improved professional development programs include the use of conferences, workshops, seminars and other short-term, focused meetings as a means of educating faculty. Appended are brief guidelines for facilitating meetings, research grant information, surveys and forms, and time-management data. (Contains 15 references) (AS)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mountain Empire Community Coll., Big Stone Gap, VA.