Pierce College is receiving national attention for its innovative approach to faculty training.
The college’s Master Teaching program was cited in a publication recently released by The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.
The Aspen Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., named Pierce College last year as one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation based in part on the college’s high learning standards and college completion rate.
While the faculty development program is a district program and involves both of Pierce College’s campuses, the award went specifically to the Fort Steilacoom campus.
“Our Master Teaching program works because the faculty in our district decide what they want to improve in their instruction and assess whether it makes a difference in student learning,” said Denise Yochum, president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.
The newly released guide, “Creating a Faculty Culture of Student Success,” spotlights Pierce College and several other colleges for creating cultures in which faculty members consistently work to reform and improve their teaching to advance student learning.
The guide explains how Pierce College’s Master Teacher program incorporates the union contract to boost base salaries by $2,500 for those who complete a year of professional training.
As part of the training, participants implement a project they developed to improve their teaching, assess and document its effect on student learning and share their findings on college-wide training days.
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