Professional Development Action Project Description


Q.1Start Date:
  • September 2006
Q.2Completion Date:
  • 6/30/2008
Q.3Describe this project's goal in 100 words or fewer:
The goal of this project is to implement a system that supports and encourages professional development and provides opportunities to improve the knowledge, skills, and abilities of all employees. As an organization, we will foster a culture in which all employees are continuously learning and improving their professional and technical skill and experience and develop a means for measuring the impact of professional development. This will add value to the organization and to our stakeholder community.
Q.4Describe briefly your institution's reasons for taking on this Action Project now - why the project and its goals are high among your current priorities:
Employees are required to perform diverse job roles in our ever-changing educational environment, and it is important that staff and faculty be professionally equipped to meet the needs of students, colleagues and the community. Clear work expectations, knowledge of changes in technology, educational practices and economic/social trends all help support employees to do the best job they can.
Q.5List the organizational areas (programs, departments, divisions etc.) most affected by and/or involved in this project:
  • All departments and areas will be involved at some level
  • Academic Affairs PD Coordinator
  • Human Resources
  • Labor organization leaders, especially those organizations with contract language on training and professional development
  • Areas with formal professional development structures
  • Areas that do not have organized professional development as part of operation and function
Q.6Name and briefly describe the key organizational process(es) that you expect this Action Project to change or improve:
  • Sabbatical leave
  • Professional development awards for faculty
  • Foundation PD grants
  • Contractual PD funds
  • Division/Department travel/conference funds
  • New Faculty/Staff Orientation
  • Employee Coaching and Development Process
  • Documentation of licensure and certification
  • Budget process
Q.7Explain the rationale for the length of time planned for this Action Project (from kickoff to target completion):
  • Preliminary/Baseline Research
    • Define existing process(es)
    • Identify resource needs and PD to meet skill development priorities
    • Survey managers and employees for Prof Dev topics
    • Identify key staff responsible for planning and/or coordinating PD activities
    • Survey and/or conduct focus group meetings to determine training needs
  • Create a project plan
    • Develop specific goals for project
    • Develop consolidated process
    • Prioritize skills for maximum benefit to institution and college
  • Implementation
    • Direct implementation college-wide
    • Focus and guide the college to access the tools
    • Offer PD activities in different formats and timeframes to meet needs
    • Determine vendors/trainers
  • Assessing impact
    • Continuously review needs
    • Continue to offer PD activities and repeating the cycle
    • Continuously survey for topics and results.
    • Develop and implement appropriate tracking and measurement tools
    • Monitor results
Q.8Describe how you plan to monitor how successfully your efforts on the Action Project are progressing:
  • Feedback loop to determine quantity and quality of access to the process. This feedback will be monitored quarterly with summaries to senior administration.
  • Monitor any increase in access and successful completion of training within the process.
  • Feedback from participants, supervisors, peers, "customers" on quantity and quality of access and impact of PD activities
  • Record of PD participation; Comparing actual vs. planned activities.
  • Build milestones into the project plan to ensure progress is occurring.
  • Survey tools can include questions regarding progress
Q.9Describe the overall outcome measures or indicators that will tell you whether this Action Project has been a success or failure in achieving its goals:
  • Baseline levels of professional development activity (i.e. dollars budgeted, sessions attended, credits/CEUs earned, etc.).
  • Increase the number of professional development experiences reported by employees (i.e. CEUs earned, conferences attended, courses completed, etc.).
  • Increase in the number of employees with formal professional development plans
  • Follow-up assessment on training that targets a specific competency.
  • Decrease in complaints/concerns relative to job performance
  • Outcomes defining success will be defined by increased access to additional training and education by a broad range of college staff and faculty.
  • MCC employees will report that they have received education and/or training that they are using to better meet the needs of the institution through the work they do.
  • Employee satisfaction regarding Prof Dev opportunities and added value will improve.
  • Tangible, measurable increase in employee knowledge, effectiveness, and efficiency.
  • Documented increase in stakeholder satisfaction, as reflected in surveys and focus groups.
Q.10Provide additional information such as publicity efforts, key people who can support the project's outcomes, and specific impacts on students and/or the community:
  • Marketing/branding strategies
  • Create/enhance website presence
  • Communicate via email, flyers, postings
  • Ensure managers understand and support goals and objectives of project
  • Help community understand the improved educational experiences they will benefit from due to this project.

Mott Community College
Academic Quality
Improvement Program

Professional Development
Action Project

Amy Fugate
Mark Kennedy

Team Leaders:
Sherry Bradish
Larry Koehler
Kate Schamanek
Melissa Rueterbusch
Bill Reich

Additional Team Members:
Crystal Croffe
Jennifer Fillion
Jennifer McDonald
Terry Travis

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