Training that better prepares individuals in the functional task related to their roles is professional development. Faculty can benefit from ongoing professional development to hone their classroom management skills, introduce them to new concepts in student assessment and curriculum development or increase their personal knowledge in content areas. Staff in retail areas (bookstore, cafeteria, etc.) will benefit from training in subjects like merchandising; financial aid workers need to be updated annually on regulatory changes; admissions staff benefit from sales training, etc.
Often, the best resources for professional development are already available to your institution and knowing how to tap those resources creates a culture of continuous professional development. College Matters works with academic leaders to develop a solid internal professional development program that increases faculty effectiveness. We also provide customized seminars to bring new training resources to your campus.