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Off-Campus Professional Development Conferences 
 
Funding Source: Professional Development 
Percentage of Budget: 30%
Completion by Design Category: Progress 
 
Eligible Groups: Faculty, classified staff, and part-time staff (must have supervisor approval including confirmation of available hours).  
Goal: To ensure that employees remain current on issues affecting the College and the employee's role in it.  To ensure that employees stay current on best practices within the employee's discipline or position.  
Description: Funds are made available to support individual faculty members and eligible staff in attending or participating in off-campus conferences, professional meetings, workshops, training events, and seminars.  The process of obtaining funding for off-campus conferences involves identifying a meaningful professional development need. 
 
Obtaining Funding:
Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with a focus on the benefit to the overall institution.  Allocations will be made at the beginning of each semester.  To obtain these funds, the faculty or staff member should complete the Professional Development Request for Off-Campus Professional Development Conferences Form, which documents the costs, purpose(s), activities involved, and benefits to be derived from the proposed activity.  Once completed, the form is submitted to the employee's dean or supervisor for approval.  If approved, the request is then processed and forwarded to the Coordinator of Professional Development who will utilize teams from the Professional Development Policy Committee to review requests.  A rubric and a blind process will be used to determine which requests offer the highest benefit to the institution.  Funding preference from the Professional Development Budget will be given to individuals who have not received funding in the previous three years.   Approved requests will be forwarded to the Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services for final approval and processing.  The Coordinator of Professional Development will notify the applicant of the outcome.  Applicants receiving approval must submit required travel requests and documentation to the Accounting Department.  
 
See the Schedule for Funding Requests for information about application dates, notification dates, and deadlines for submission of documentation to the Accounting Department.  
 
Attendance at the annual New Horizons Conference and Peer Group Conferences are funded from another account.  It is not necessary to submit a Professional Development Request Form for these conferences.  See the section on New Horizons Conference and Peer Group Conferences for instructions.
 
Requests for attendance at meetings and conferences like VCCA, Hire Ed, and Black Concerns should follow the instructions in Community College Network Conferences and Activities. 
 

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