Professional development is that continuing growth which enables an individual to perform their duties more effectively. The professional growth includes the improvement of instructional effectiveness and technical skills, academic achievement, and university services.
It is the policy of Purchase College to encourage the continuing development of the professional and classified staff. This policy shall be implemented by:
- Recommendation for leave for professional development purposes whenever the services of the staff member can be spared;
- Approval of requests for travel reimbursement for professional purposes within budgetary limitations;
- Endorsement of grant applications and tuition waivers for course enrollment, and
- Encouragement of research and individual study and other methods traditionally employed by institutions of higher education for this purpose including periods of full-time employment outside the State University.
Periodic training opportunities are provided to college faculty and staff on a variety of topics and at a variety of locations, on and off-campus. Contact the Human Resources Office for further information.
In addition, programs are frequently offered to supervisory and support staff through various programs and collective bargaining agreements. For information regarding registration and current offerings by the various bargaining unions, please visit the following website for your respective bargaining union:
- Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)
- Governor’s Office of Employee Relations
- Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU)
- United University Professions (UUP)
Labor Education Action Program (LEAP)
Members of the CSEA bargaining unit are eligible to apply for a tuition voucher that may be used at a variety of New York state colleges and BOCES centers to take a credit or non-credit course. Based upon available funding, vouchers are awarded once each year. For additional information please visit the following website: NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training
Clerical & Secretarial Advancement Program (CSEAP)
Dedicated to helping NYS clerical and secretarial employees reach their full potential, the program targets employees in the Administrative Services Unit (ASU) of CSEA. Eligible employees can use the general career mobility information and job-related training and development opportunities that CSEAP provides, to meet the challenges and demands of their current positions and future occupations. For additional information please visit the following website: NYS & CSEA Partnership for Education and Training
SUNY Tuition Waiver Program
This program waives employee tuition expenses for career-related, credit course work as determined by your supervisor, taken at SUNY institutions. Recreation, hobby or personal interest courses, whether or not required for a degree, are not eligible for tuition waiver. Partial tuition, and sometimes full tuition, is authorized subject to the availability of funds. Individuals are expected to provide their own books and course supplies.
At no direct cost, employees may audit classes that are held on campus subject to the availability of space and at the discretion of the individual instructor. No grades or transcripts will be provided to those sitting in on classes. Individuals are expected to provide their own books and course supplies.
Tuition Waiver Program for UUP represented employees - Article 49 of the Agreement between UUP and the State of New York
The current contractual agreement provides for tuition assistance on a “space available” basis. When space is available, UUP represented employees may enroll in a course on a tuition free basis at SUNY Purchase or any other unit of the State University. A one-course per term maximum is imposed. Individuals must provide their own books and course supplies, and are responsible for other course fees as required.
If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Bradshaw in the Human Resources Department at 914-251-6090.