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Critical foundations: Delivering standardized professional development to adjunct faculty

Louch, L., & Simpson, S. (2014). Critical foundations: Delivering standardized professional development to adjunct faculty. Paper presented at the Higher Learning Commission 2014 Annual Conference, http://cop.hlcommission.org/Learning-Environments/louch.html.

This brief essay reviews how Baker College, a private, not-for-profit multi-campus school has approached the professional development of its adjunct faculty and the challenges faced in that process.  By using standardization of professional development Baker College has been able to leverage data gathered to make data-driven decisions and create a shared culture of knowledge and goals at the same time.  With a multi-campus environment they have discovered that delivering standardized materials is much more effective for adjuncts when done via multiple delivery methods.  The data that they have been able to gain because of standardization have shown a “notable increased level of understanding and implementation of various teaching, learning, and assessment concepts and strategies.”