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International Exchange Final Report

The mission of the Office of Professional Development (OPD) is to work in partnership with our colleges to provide sustainable opportunities that enrich personal and professional growth and development. This is accomplished through programs and services that focus on career development, instructional development, disciplinary development, organizational development, and workforce development.

For your final report, please answer the following questions based upon your experience in the VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program.

We recommend writing your answers in the template (click to download as a Word document) and transferring to this form.

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One goal of the Exchange Program is Career Development. Please explain how your participation in the VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program fostered your continued career development; specifically, how did this program, and the learning experiences and resources gained through it, enhance the opportunity for you to engage in more meaningful work, compelling service, and professional success? Please provide at least two specific examples in your response.

One goal of the Exchange Program is Instructional Development. Please explain how your participation in the VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program enhanced your instructional development; specifically, how will your participation in this program enable you to increase student success through the intentional innovation and enhancement of effective teaching, learning, and assessment techniques and strategies? Please provide at least two specific examples in your response.

One goal of the Exchange Program is Disciplinary Development. Please explain how your participation in the VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program enhanced disciplinary development; specifically, how did this exchange increase your academic and professional currency, relevancy, and engagement through the expansion of knowledge and skills within the academic discipline or professional specialty? Please provide at least two specific examples in your response.

One goal of the Exchange Program is Organizational Development. Please explain how your participation in the VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program enhanced and advanced the mission of Virginia’s community colleges by cultivating the talent and momentum of instructional and administrative leaders. How will you share what you have learned at the organizational level (both with your college and with the larger VCCS community) in a manner that makes a significant and positive contribution to your organization? Please provide at least two specific examples in your response. Please link your response directly to your college mission, vision, and goals, and that of the VCCS strategic goals.

One goal of the Exchange Program is to foster the Workforce Development of VCCS faculty and students. Please explain how your participation in the VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program enhanced your ability to build foundations to compete and contribute to the global economy through career, instructional, discipline and organizational capacity-building and development. Please provide at least two specific examples in your response.

Please explain how the VCCS International Faculty Exchange Program met the following goals:

  1. To study the approaches taken by different educational systems
  2. To learn something of the history and culture of another nation
  3. To broaden faculty’s intellectual and global perspective for an increasingly multicultural and international classroom and workplace environment

The VCCS has a goal of increasing the number of students graduating and earning a credential. How does your participation in this program help you achieve this goal in your particular job and at your college? Please think of how what you have learned about the Dutch system may help you advocate for or make adjustments to VCCS procedures to help more students complete programs.

Please discuss what worked well with exchange, and where improvements need to be made.

Please discuss how your perspective may have changed, how this will affect your job performance, and any other final reflections.

Please provide two quotes that can be used to market the program to other interested participants.

As part of your final report, please attached 8-10 exchange program photos that can be used to market the program systemwide. We are especially interested in photos that demonstrate teaching and learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.


When you are satisfied with your answers, please click "Submit Final Report" below.