Outcomes/measures tracked and tools utilized
The Staff/Organizational Development Office measures the effectiveness of professional development programs by monitoring the number of participating employees and feedback from surveys administered. To ensure the professional needs of faculty and staff are being addressed, the Staff/Organizational Development Office conducts a survey after Professional Development Days in August and January (see survey data for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016) to obtain qualitative and quantitative data regarding current and future programming. Additional professional development opportunities are aligned with the institutional objectives and JCCC’s strategic plan.
To encourage staff to pursue further education, the College has instituted a policy where all full-time staff may apply for reimbursement for non-JCCC credit courses taken at accredited colleges and universities. A staff member may receive up to 50% of out-of-pocket expense for tuition of $1,000 per semester/$3,000 per year.
Summary results of measures
Table 3.4 Participation in Professional Development Activities
Travel Authorizations Approved
JCCC Leadership Institute Graduates
Adjunct Certification Training Graduates
Kansas City Professional Development Council Participants
Professional Development Days (# of sessions/presenters)
Tuition Reimbursement: Since 2006, the College has invested just over $1.6 million to offset the cost of staff seeking further education and higher degree attainment. This investment in the College's staff speaks to its commitment to a culture where employees feel supported in advancing their careers.
Comparison of results with internal targets and external benchmarks
As noted above, the College continues to pursue a robust professional development agenda. Overall support for internal offerings continues to grow, and while travel funds are lower, this is partly due to retirement buy-outs over the last several years. The Master Agreement for faculty continues to have a $1,000 clause for registration fees to professional meetings. The College has not set targets or benchmarks for this activity; however, it continues to survey faculty and staff after each offering.
Interpretation of results and insights gained
Staff/Organizational Development received feedback requesting more sessions to be offered during Professional Development Days that reflected the scholarship of teaching and learning. Consequently, a faculty academic symposium was programmed during the August 2015 and January 2016 Professional Development Days. The academic symposiums serve as professional development opportunities that support how the College defines effective teaching.