This month Amy Haggerty, former Director, College Connections at Jamestown Community College (JCC), explains how improving training and professional development for concurrent enrollment instructors revitalized JCC’s program. Read more about how Amy and her team succeeded in this area of NACEP's accreditation standards.
As we embarked on the self-study leading to our reaccreditation application, we identified a need to improve the way we were training concurrent enrollment instructors and providing professional development. We revamped our orientation program for new instructors; organizing a full-day of program-specific activities that provided opportunities for collegial interaction between our new concurrent enrollment instructors and our on-campus faculty and staff. We also focused on strengthening our professional development activities and sought consistency in our workshops.
When we applied for accreditation, we highlighted the professional development activities that best represented NACEP’s definition of these activities. We realized we needed our faculty liaisons to be energized about enhancing our professional development opportunities so we offered a workshop for faculty liaisons on NACEP Standard F2 and Standard F3 best practices.
We invited Deanna Jessup to facilitate the workshop. Deanna is an English Instructor and Academic Specialist for English for Indiana University’s Advance College Project. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the NACEP Accreditation Commission. She provided examples of both new instructor training and ongoing professional development from NACEP-accredited programs and facilitated a self-assessment activity for our faculty liaisons. The workshop was extremely beneficial and the numerous resources she provided will continue to allow College Connections faculty liaisons to enhance the work they do for both standards.
Next year, we will focus our efforts on developing a new method for delivering new instructor discipline-specific training. Many faculty liaisons are already discussing ideas for how to enhance discipline-specific training within their disciplines.
What advice do you have for others considering applying for accreditation?
NACEP's Accreditation Institute was extremely helpful. I definitely recommend attending. There were numerous examples provided that helped us understand how to best provide evidence for our program. I regularly referred to the workshop materials throughout the entire application process.
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Our art professional development activities are best practice examples of Standard F3. We collaborate with Dr. Patricia Briggs, JCC's Director of Galleries, who coordinates engaging workshops facilitated by on-campus faculty, faculty from nearby institutions, and artists from across the U.S. The workshops typically coincide with current exhibitions and always include hands-on opportunities for our concurrent enrollment instructors. We constantly receive positive feedback from our instructors who are thrilled to have these professional development opportunities available through the College Connections program.