Professional development is a continuum of opportunities for all faculty, staff, and administrators to prepare and respond to evolving student needs and equity measurements of student success and support.
Sacramento City College’s professional development program:
- uses a variety of approaches to instill teaching, learning, and service to students,
- aims to provide employees throughout the college with resources, continuing education, and opportunities that support professional development needs.
These needs relate to equity and student success and support as we set goals to move the needle of college completion. Furthermore, as a partner with Guided Pathways, Inquiry, Design, and Implementation highlight the State Chancellor’s Office 14 Key Elements defined below.
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Inquiry is happening in cross-functional teams that include faculty, staff, and administrators. Student voice is brought in systematically through focus groups, interviews, and representation of students in key meetings. Research on student success and equity are systematically included and focused on closing the equity gap(s). Guided Pathways are consistently a topic of discussion.
College uses shared metrics across the different initiatives to understand how student success has improved. College regularly revises and revisits college plans in response to those findings. Data for all metrics are disaggregated. Data for all metrics are disaggregated and systematically and consistently examined with a focus on promoting equitable outcomes for students. Campus stakeholders meet regularly to examine progress on benchmarks, discuss strategies for improvement, and revise plans as needed.
College-wide conversations have taken place with all key constituency groups, including: Instructional, counseling, and student support faculty and staff, administrators, and students. All stakeholders reach consensus or agree to move forward on main issues and have identified possible broad solutions. Research, evidence, student data and a Guided Pathways framework inform ongoing planning. Regular joint planning meetings revisit and revise existing plans and strategize about key overarching strategies across the main college initiatives. Integrated plans and over-arching strategic goals drive program improvement, resource allocation, as well as professional development using a Guided Pathways framework. College governance structures are regularly used to discuss issues, vet solutions, and communicate efforts.
Inclusive Decision-Making Structures
Cross-functional workgroups or teams who steer the Guided Pathways design process utilize explicit and agreed upon processes for gathering college-wide input (including student voice).
Coordination between high school feeder district(s), four-year institutions, and industry partners is occurring across the college, with strong partnerships and pipeline alignments across the various partners.
Guided Major and Career Exploration Opportunities
Programs of study have been clustered into broad interest areas (meta-majors) that share competencies. Foundation and/or gateway courses, career exploration courses, workshops and other scalable structures are designed to help students choose a major early on. Cross-functional teams including instructional, counseling, and student support faculty and staff from different departments and divisions collaborate on clustering programs. Student input is systematically included into the process.
Improved Basic Skills
College has scaled relevant evidence-based strategies and has attained large improvements in the number of students that pass college.
Clear Program Requirements
Cross-disciplinary teams of instructional (including math/English, GE, CTE) and counseling faculty have mapped course sequences. Key educational and career competencies (including transfer and major requirements and labor market information) are used to develop course sequences. Teams create default program maps and milestones for program completion/transfer, so that students can easily see how close they are to completion. Course offerings and schedules are designed to meet student demand and are offered at times, and in a manner, that enable students to complete their programs of study in a timely fashion.
Proactive and Integrated Academic and Student Supports
The college has been able to scale ways in which proactive supports are provided to most students. The college is able to track in which program each student is, and how far away students are to completion. Student progress is monitored; mechanisms are in place to intervene when needed to ensure students stay on track and complete their programs of study. There are several regular structures that allow for support services staff, counseling faculty, and instructional faculty to meet, collaborate, and discuss ideas, the challenges students face, and ways to improve coordination and supports.
Integrated Technology Infrastructure
The college has in place technology tools to support planning, implementation and ongoing assessment of guided pathways, including: academic planning; placement; advising; tracking; completion outcomes: career counseling, including employment and salary information; and transfer and bachelor’s degree attainment data. College has the capacity to manage and connect course scheduling with student needs and default schedules. The technology infrastructure supports integrated reporting, auditing, and planning processes.
Strategic Professional Development
PD opportunities are available for staff, faculty and administrators and are strategically developed to meet the college’s overarching goals, shared across initiatives. Assessment of learning outcomes and other data driven processes are continuously used to identify the areas of greatest need for PD to help the college meet its overarching strategic goals. Strategic professional development includes systematic, frequent and strategic attention to: The 14 Key Elements along with Institutional, Program, Resource, and Unit Plan Priorities
Aligned Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs), and General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs)/Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are regularly reviewed and revised to ensure alignment, academic rigor, integrity, relevance, and currency. Results of learning outcomes assessments are used to inform professional development, and are linked to changes to course and program content.
Assessing and Documenting Learning
Attainment of learning outcomes tracked or made available to students and faculty for most programs. All programs examine and use learning outcomes results to improve the effectiveness of instruction.
Applied Learning Opportunities
Students across most or all disciplines and degree areas have ample opportunity to apply and deepen knowledge and skills through projects, internships, co-ops, clinical placements, service learning, study abroad, and other active learning activities that program faculty intentionally embed into courses and programs.