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Butler Community College Professional Development

The Professional Development Plan is a means for employees to identify their professional goals and ways of achieving them. Creating this plan affords employees an opportunity to discuss their career plans with their supervisors who play an important role as mentors in this professional development process.

All full- and part-time college employees are expected to complete a Professional Development Plan and update it annually.

Educational Advancement Pay
Professional Employees
Administrative/Institutional Support/Operational Staff

Application of Educational Advancement Pay

Educational Advancement Council

 

 

Educational Advancement Pay
Educational advancement pay results from successful completion of specifically approved professional-development activities. The following criteria will be applied for approval of educational advancement pay:

  1. Activities intended for educational advancement pay must be clearly related to stated goals included on the Professional Development Plan.
  2. Activities provided at the expense of the college cannot be used for educational advancement pay.
  3. Equivalency credit is assigned to professional development activity, other than college credit hours. Such activity may include workshops, seminars, and community education activities. Credit hour equivalency will be calculated based upon the formula of fifteen (15) clock hours equals one (1) credit hour. Special projects such as internships, research, program innovation, and educational travel will be considered on an individual basis through agreement of the employee and dean/director-level supervisor.

 

 

Professional Employees
Educational Advancement Pay is in accordance with Article VI - Compensation in the Master Agreement.

Administrative/Institutional Support/Operational Staff
All full time administrative, institutional support, and operational staff employees with no degree completed will receive a one-time payment of $400 upon completion of the Associate Degree.

After completion of the Associate Degree, full time administrative, institutional support, and operational staff employees will receive $400 for each 9 credit hours or equivalent, prior to completion of a Bachelor's degree, which have been approved according to the above Educational Advancement Pay guidelines.

All full time administrative, institutional support, and operational staff employees will receive $650 for each 9 credit hours or equivalent beyond the Bachelor's Degree which have been approved according to the above Educational Advancement Pay guidelines.

 

 

Application of Educational Advancement Pay
Once an employee has submitted the appropriate documentation to receive educational advancement dollars, the annual pay will be adjusted in the following manner:

  1. Annual raise is added to contract
  2. Educational advancement dollars are applied to salary after raise is given
The following process will be used for requesting educational advancement pay:
  1. The employee must complete the Request for Educational Advancement Pay (REAP) form and submit the completed form to his/her dean/director-level supervisor for approval.
  2. Approved requests will be forwarded to the Office of Human Resources. Human Resources will send a copy of the approval to the employee.
  3. 3. If the request is not approved, the supervisor must submit the Request for Educational Advancement Pay (REAP) form, including any documentation related to the request, to the Educational Advancement Council (See below for description of council).
  4. The council will consider each forwarded request in accordance with the above criteria then render a decision regarding approval/denial of the request with a copy to the employee and his/her supervisor. Approved requests will be forwarded to Human Resources.
  5. Documentation of the completion of the approved activity must be in the Office of Human Resources by September 16 in order to authorize adjustments in pay. Acceptable documentation will include transcripts of college courses, proof of attendance (conference agenda, letter from presenter, etc) at professional conferences, or certificates from conferences and/or training. Copies of any special project agreements must be included as part of this documentation.
  6. Employees who believe their request has been wrongly denied may appeal the decision of the Council through established grievance procedures as outlined in Employee Handbook or Master Agreement (for Professional employees).

The Office of Human Resources will provide quarterly summary reports reflecting the status and numbers of requests for Educational Advancement pay to the President, Vice Presidents, and Director of Organizational & Staff Development. (Rev. 4-01)

Composition of Educational Advancement Council
The Educational Advancement Council will be comprised of representatives of all employee groups (faculty, operational staff, institutional support, and administration) and will reflect the major areas of responsibility of the college (instruction, student services, finance, facilities, etc. ).

  • Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chair
  • Director or Assistant Director of Human Resources (standing position)
  • Director of Organizational & Staff Development (standing position) · Officers or selected representatives of bcccA (2 faculty minimum, appointed annually by bcccA)
  • 2 Operational Staff positions (one from office and one from facilities, (appointed annually by Op Staff group)
  • Academic Dean - appointed annually by Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Student Services representative - appointed annually by Vice President for Student Services
The Educational Advancement Council will establish a monthly meeting schedule.