One of the ten “Big Ideas” put forward by the VCCS Reengineering Task Force is to “Foster a Culture of High Performance,” in part by developing “systems that fully utilize the talent and potential of our people.” To create an environment for teaching faculty which promotes high performance and continuous improvement resulting in world class faculty and increased student success, the VCCS has designed and adopted the following Full-time Teaching Faculty Development and Evaluation system.
The new Faculty Evaluation System includes three components (Evaluation, Annual Performance and Professional Development Objectives, and Reward and Recognition), each of which focuses on four domains of full-time teaching faculty activity: Teaching, Scholarly and Creative Engagement, Institutional Responsibility, and Service.
The Full-time Teaching Faculty Development and Evaluation System improves upon previous practice by compressing five evaluation ratings into two (Meets Expectations/Does Not Meet Expectations) with an emphasis on high performance and continuous improvement in each of the four domains of faculty activity.
Annual Performance and Professional Development Objectives
Each faculty member will create three to five annual objectives for continuous professional improvement that are aligned with one or more of the four domains of faculty activity. These objectives will be developed in consultation with and approved by the dean/supervisor.
Reward and Recognition
Each college shall devise a plan to provide reward and recognition of outstanding service for faculty members whose performance exemplifies the highest standards of educational excellence in one or more of the four domains of faculty activity. Faculty members who receive evaluations of “Meets Expectations” are eligible to participate in the Reward and Recognition System.
 The new Faculty Development and Evaluation System and associated Model Plan apply only to nine-month, full-time teaching faculty, exclusive of those in the associate instructor category of employment. Faculty in other categories of employment are covered by evaluation systems appropriate to their roles.