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On Campus Community-Professional Development-Assessment (4A)
Funds are provided for faculty and staff professional development at the rate of $10,000
annually. For outside professional development activities, faculty and staff submit a form
that requires the employee to indicate how the information will be shared. Division
managers are responsible for oversight.
In-services, which take place at the beginning of each semester, offer a variety of workshops
that employees, especially faculty, are encouraged to attend. Subjects generally have to do
with instruction, customer service, or other issues pertinent to improving performance.
Part of assessing professional development is knowing who attends on-campus professional
development activities, therefore attendance is taken, which indicates that 80% of
employees take advantage of these professional development opportunities.
Within instructional divisions, what faculty often learn from professional development
activities is reflected in course outcomes assessment with the addition of new or improved
assignments or teaching methodologies. These in turn, are reflected in student
performance and course evaluation
The ABE division tracks the number of hours spent by staff and faculty in on-campus and
state-wide professional development activities. Many of the teaching methodologies,
assessment techniques, and instructional technology used in the division have come from
professional development opportunities – training (both on and off campus), in-services,
and conference workshops.
On Campus Community-Professional Development-Improvement (4B)
There is very little quantitative proof that professional development results in specific
improvements; however, the opportunity to attend training, on or off campus, or at
conferences give staff and faculty greater incentives to utilize new ideas, skills, or
methodologies and make them feel valued in their positions as well. Further, the
opportunity to present at conferences provides unique challenges that often result in
improved practices and valuable feedback from participants.
Regional Community
Regional Community- Planning (3B)
Administrators and faculty are active in various community organizations, from social media
to the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary to the Mayor’s offices. The EITC Foundation is
involved in many activities that show EITC’s support for the local community and the causes
it embraces. The Foundation collaborates with the regional community to raise scholarship
money through the annual Great Race for Education and a Five-K run. The presence of the
Foundation lets the community know that EITC will support it in every way possible,
whether it be financial support, or volunteering. In addition to fund-raisers, the Foundation
supports students through “Bailey’s Boutique,” a place where students can “shop” for
donated professional clothing right on campus. There is no cost involved. It is also available
to those in need throughout the community.
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