National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD)
Created in 1978 with initial grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is a consortium of community and technical colleges that share a philosophical commitment to support excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership. NISOD supports excellence in teaching and leadership at its member colleges each week by distributing professional development materials such as Innovation Abstracts to its members.
We are excited about our future as we strive to be the premier source of innovative ideas for community and technical college faculty members, administrators, and staff.
NISOD is the outreach organization of the community college doctoral concentration in the Program in Higher Education Leadership within the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. Established in 1944, the community college concentration is the oldest graduate preparation program of its kind in the nation. The program has produced more presidents and more university professors with community college specialties than any other university program. NISOD grew out of the research and development activities of this doctoral-level concentration and is now its primary connection with college faculty and administrators who support teaching and learning excellence in the field.
NISOD's activities and programs are based on the premise that teaching excellence is a result of concerned and focused leadership, increased awareness and use of adult learning principles strengthened by exemplary teaching practices and technologies, and a profound commitment to teaching excellence and student success. Member colleges who make this commitment to teaching excellence aim to:
- Enrich the learning experience for all students;
- Enhance the standards of excellence throughout the academic community; and
- Recognize, celebrate, and reward outstanding educators and their accomplishments.
NISOD members have access to the following outstanding campuswide benefits:
NISOD members include large community college districts, urban and rural community and technical colleges, and other two-year institutions from across the United States and Canada and from around the world. We're proud to work with our members to improve teaching, learning, and leadership, with the ultimate goal being to increase student success.
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