To promote quality teaching and learning in North Carolina Community Colleges through a collaborative, statewide professional development system committed to sharing best practices, leveraging resources, and avoiding duplication.
Realizing that faculty are faced with the substantial task of subject mastery in evolving fields while teaching to a diverse student population, our colleges struggle with the perennial challenge of attracting, retaining, and providing services for their instructors and staffs. While North Carolina has countless examples of best practices and innovative course instruction, too often efforts of the best and brightest instructors serve audiences limited by course enrollment.
The North Carolina Community College System Office established the North Carolina Network for Excellence in Teaching (NC-NET) in December 2003 to create an infrastructure that would support a comprehensive approach to faculty professional development. The project stems from the results of a statewide survey to which more than 2,100 North Carolina community college administrators and faculty responded. Findings from the survey and recommendations for consideration were published in the October 2002 report Framework for the Future: Professional Development Needs Among North Carolina Community Colleges.
One of the major goals of NC-NET is to eliminate duplication of efforts while providing access to some of the best professional development resources developed by community colleges throughout North Carolina. NC-NET catalogs, warehouses, and disseminates these resources in addition to creating online courses, workshops, and tutorials.
The nonprofit education organization CORD coordinates project activities and the NC-NET Clearinghouse. The NC-NET professional development committee, comprised of instructional leaders from across the state, helps guide the work of NC-NET, to ensure growth and sustainability of the system.