SUCCESS FACTORS
Theme: Human Capital
Organization Level: Academic Department
Critical elements: Recruiting and hiring the best faculty, staff, and academic leaders is seen as a primary success factor for students. A priority is placed on selecting and training educators who share the same mission and who are willing to work diligently to achieve it.
Practice: Devote time and effort to hiring the best faculty, staff, and academic leaders to prepare students for a successful future.

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CriteriaLess Effective PracticesSuccess Factors for Meeting State StandardsSuccess Factors for College and Career Readiness
Hiring

Department leaders are given little responsibility in hiring for position within their department. Most hires are chosen by a central hiring group.

Department leaders hire most educators for their departments. They look not only for qualified educators but for those applicants who have a commitment to the institution's culture of achievement.

Department leaders are empowered to hire educators with a strong commitment to the systems' culture of achievement. They involve a team of educators in the interviewing/hiring process to make sure this is a person who can successfully work with others in the department.

Professional Staff Development

Professional Development is minimal. The department offers individual, stand-alone professional development opportunities. Professional development has little lasting effect on educator practice or student achievement.

Professional development follows a coherent system for educator growth and is aligned to institution goals. Student achievement informs the overall plan.

The department offers a suite of professional development options that are focused to develop the growth mindsets of educators and are aligned with institutional or departmental priorities, as well as student learning and completion outcomes.

Collaboration

Very little time is devoted to collaboration, so collaboration is originated based on personal initiative.

The departments set the calendar and structure the format for collaborative sessions within the department. Educators reflect on their instruction, share ideas, and integrate new experiences into their instruction.

The departments set the calendar and structure the format for collaborative sessions both within the department and with other departments or institutional partners. Educators have an opportunity to reflect on the larger context that influences key instructional content, share ideas, and integrate new experiences into their instruction.







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