Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education


Date of this Version

Spring 1979

Document Type



Published in the POD Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1979)


In the 1970's we have witnessed an explosion in the number of committtees, offices, positions within colleges, regional and national projects devoted to the renewal of institutions through "faculty development," especially the improvement of instruction. The spectre of "no growth" for higher education had accelerated a common concern for the quality of teaching and learning. By 1974 foundations such as Danforth, Kellogg and Lilly and agencies such as HEW -- especially its new Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education -- were seeding a variety of new teaching improvement programs. Many faculty and administrators were quickly launched into activities for which they typically had not been prepared.