Providing Professional Development that’s Accessible
When Whitney Trump, Coordinator of Academic Support Programs at NorthCentral Missouri College (NCMC), and the rest of the dual credit team began reviewing the NACEP standards in order to pursue NACEP accreditation, they realized that one area that needed improvement was how they provided professional development to their high school instructors. NACEP’s Faculty 3 Standard states, “The CEP provides annual discipline-specific professional development activities and ongoing collegial interaction to address course content, course delivery, assessment, evaluation, and/or research.”
Being a small institution covering a 16 county service area it was challenging to get instructors to attend the evening workshops they had previously done in the fall. High school classes had already begun and travel was challenging due to previous commitments. As such, the NCMC department met with counselors, dual credit instructors, full time faculty, and administration to determine a better way to provide time for dual credit instructors to undergo the training needed in software/technology and the learning management system as well as important training on curriculum with faculty liaisons to ensure course alignment. As a result, the NCMC dual credit team decided to offer professional development in a way that would work for their high school instructors.
Whitney Trump explained, “We offered our first dual credit instructor daylong workshop that following summer and both the success and attendance was phenomenal! We had nearly 100% attendance and both the faculty liaisons and dual credit instructors could not say enough positives about how much was covered and learned. Since then we have offered this each summer, and because of its success, we are mirroring this format for our adjunct faculty training as well.”
Faculty liaisons not only meet with the dual credit instructors annually at their Dual Credit Instructor Workshop, but now keep in touch with their dual credit instructors throughout the year. Faculty Liaisons continue to offer them support and resources and provide an environment of open communication and collaboration. The peer-to-peer mentoring between their full-time faculty and their dual credit instructors, as well as other improvements the program made due to the self-study process, helped to transform the NCMC dual credit program into one worthy of NACEP accreditation.
The dual credit program at NorthCentral Missouri College serves over 400 students at 28 high schools within a 16 county service area.