ASPIRE - Professional Learning
Aspire Program Purpose:
To offer professional learning to every employee in order to enhance his or her job-related skills and learn additional skills to seek career advancement opportunities at Morehouse College.
Aspire Program Overview:
Professional learning (PL) classes will be offered to all employees as part of the Aspire Program. Classes attended as part of the Aspire program held onsite will be offered to all employees subject to the department or division leader’s approval. Employees will be expected to register and attend each class, unless operational needs dictate as cited by the leader of a department or division.
Aspire Program Registration Procedures
- Class Registration - Classes will be advertised in a calendar online at the HR Department’s website. Employees must register online to participate in any session(s) offered. All sessions offered will require the completion of an online pre-and post-assessment survey. Failure to complete a pre-assessment survey will result in an incomplete class registration for a session. Once a session has reached maximum capacity, employees can register for another session of class(es) offered at a future date. Once an employee is approved to attend a session, s/he will receive a certificate of attendance only upon the completion of pre- and post-assessment surveys. Sessions attended must be documented on the self-assessment inventory of an employee’s annual performance evaluation, which must be submitted prior to annual performance evaluation discussions.
Series of Sessions
Several professional learning topics will be offered in a series of sessions; employees will not automatically be registered for all classes within a series; every session requires a separate registration to be completed online. Once all sessions within a series are completed, a certificate of completion will be issued. Participation in all sessions within a series is required before a Certificate of Completion can be issued.
- Leadership Learning Series (LLS)
Specific professional learning will be offered to employees responsible for supervising other(s) or in critical leadership positions at the College. These topics will be frequently be offered in a series, where participation is required in each session before a Certificate of Completion can be offered. Participants successfully completing a series of required LLS sessions will be offered an opportunity to receive executive professional learning either onsite or offsite. Participants who complete all LLS sessions will be invited by Human Resources to participate in a year-long executive professional learning opportunity.
- Offsite Professional Learning
Employees may seek approval for offsite professional development as part of the Personal Development category within the Aspire program. These requests must be reviewed to confirm whether the PL supports a department’s or division’s strategic plan goals that align to the College’s strategic plan. Such requests may be denied if the request is not related to enhancing or improving job performance or does not illustrate alignment to the department’s or division’s strategic plan goals. Any request(s) not approved must be submitted in writing by the supervisor as soon as reasonably possible upon receipt of the request. Requests not approved should state the specific reason why the request is being denied (i.e., doesn’t illustrate job enhancement or improvement or doesn’t align to either the department’s or division’s strategic plan goals). Employees should be encouraged by his/her supervisor to select another PL opportunity as soon as possible should the request be denied.
Current 2018 Professional Learning Classes