Professional Development Design Team (2008) | MVCC | Mohawk Valley Community College
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Professional Development Design Team

Research and explore ideas to make thoughtful and daring recommendations to significantly improve the staff development system.

Charter Sponsor
 Executive Team

Charter Contact 
Randy VanWagoner

September–December, 2007


  • Research staff development practices at identified exemplary community colleges.
  • Identify the components of MVCC’s staff development processes and compare to research findings.
  • Develop program recommendations based on the guiding points.
  • Examine the pros and cons of developing such a program – what will it take?
  • Package recommendations with possible timelines for implementation (what can be done by when?)

Does not

  • Get stalled in what hasn’t been done in staff development.
  • Allow financial constraints to limit creativity and thinking.
  • Establish policy.

Guiding Points

  • Determine appropriate number of contact hours (between 10 and 24) required annually of all full-time employees (including the President) during the course of their normal work day.
  • Include a core component (i.e., 3 hour session) required annually of all full-time employees with content on an identified topic common to all full-time employees.
  • Everyone should register through the standard student registration system for transcripting and tracking.
  • Suggest how staff development might link to the annual review (evaluation) processes.
  • Capitalize on the resources of the National Council of Staff, Program, and Organizational Development.
  • Recommend ways to annually identify the individual staff development needs of each full-time employee and how those needs will be met through the recommended system.
  • Work toward consensus as your major principle of work on the team.
  • Integrate preliminary findings from the self–study process

Community Colleges to Research
Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska
Kingswood Community College, Houston, Texas
Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York
SUNY Community College