ERIC Number: ED477912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Development: Leading Organizational Change in Community Colleges. ERIC Digest.
Community colleges recognize the need to plan and implement change through professional development, particularly in light of the constantly changing environment in the community college. This digest briefly examines four of the delivery methods being employed by community colleges in the field of professional development. Between 1999 and 2002, about 35% of the faculty retired from St. Louis Community College (SLCC). SLCC developed the New Faculty Orientation (NFO) program as a way to strengthen the college through new faculty. NFO included a week-long orientation, weekly campus activities, and instructional skills weekend workshops. Valencia Community College in Florida set up an online faculty development program consisting of a face-to-face orientation meeting followed by online sessions. The online sessions are asynchronous, and facilitate a course in commonly encountered teaching and learning problems in community colleges. The Teaching and Learning Center at College of Du Page in Illinois presents courses and workshops and invites all personnel to participate. Faculty, administrators, and staff attend courses together. The Great Teachers Seminar (GTS) concept, which is a loosely structured faculty retreat, has evolved into the Great College Seminar, where the entire staff is invited to participate. This digest is drawn from the New Directions for Community Colleges journal, Number 120. (NB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Faculty Development, Organizational Change, Orientation, Professional Development, Seminars, Two Year Colleges, Workshops, World Wide Web
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges. University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, P.O. Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1524. Tel: 310-825-3931.
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.