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The Teaching Support Center (TSC) at the University of North Dakota was established in 1992 to provide faculty and graduate assistants with a wide range of pedagogical, professional, and technological assistance in order to improve the quality of instruction. A 3-year plan was developed to implement 13 goals, which are: (1) determining the needs of faculty; (2) collecting resource materials and documenting their use; (3) publicizing faculty development; (4) providing opportunities for training in issues of faculty development; (5) promoting the writing intensive component of the university curriculum; (6) developing culturally diverse teaching activities; (7) facilitating the use of student and peer assessment of faculty; (8) promoting student-centered learning; (9) improving specific methods in teaching, such as test construction and grading; (10) improving faculty-student interaction and advising; (11) improving classroom management; (12) promoting high standards of faculty ethics; and (13) developing a data base for faculty involvement in faculty development activities. Specific activities to implement each of the goals are outlined, and a summary of activities undertaken by and in cooperation with the TSC is provided. (MDM)

Descriptors: Academic Advising, Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, College Instruction, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Resources, Ethics, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Land Grant Universities, Needs Assessment, Program Development, State Colleges, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Assistants, Teaching Methods, Writing Across the Curriculum

Author: Jackman, Diane H.; Swan, Michael K.


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