ERIC Number: ED473686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Learning Community for New Faculty.
Recognizing the difficulties that first-time faculty face, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) (Maryland) developed an extended orientation program for new faculty based on the principles of learning communities: shared knowledge, shared knowing, and shared responsibility. In 1998, CCBC committed to a 5-year strategy of becoming a learner-centered institution. As part of this implementation, CCBC leadership initiated the Council on Innovation and Student Learning (CISL) to serve as the college-wide think tank and stimulate experimentation and innovation in CCBC policies, procedures, and infrastructure. The CISL committee members specifically involved in developing a learning community for new faculty elected to review existing programs in colleges around the country first. They found that no existing program could be adapted for CCBC. CCBC developed the Learning Community for New Faculty (LCNF) program, in which new faculty members are required to participate for one year. The program consists of 2-hour biweekly meetings. Participation replaces college service and professional development requirements for the first year of teaching. The LCNF includes seven goals tied to CCBC strategic directions: (1) infusing technology; (2) learning support; (3) learning college principles; (4) management excellence; (5) embracing diversity; (6) building community; and (7) enrollment management. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Active Learning, College Faculty, Community Colleges, Discovery Learning, Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Learning Experience, Learning Strategies, Orientation, Professional Development, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.league.org/leaguetlc/express/inn0302.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Laguna Hills, CA.