The PDP / Flex Coordinator manages the travel budget for faculty professional development. Travel funds include unused department travel monies that cannot roll over, Staff Development funding from the state (any unused funds roll over into the next year's budget), and a yearly allocation from the District (any unused funds do not roll over into the next year's budget).
The travel budget varies from year to year. Early in the fall semester, the PDP committee reviews the travel allocations as well as utilization data for previous years, and determines limits for how much a faculty member can request per fiscal year.
Requests for funds are considered on a first come, first served basis and should be made as far in advance as possible. Any faculty member (full-time or associate) can request funding from this budget to attend a flex-eligible activity at any time during the fiscal year provided the following conditions have been met.
All other funding sources must first be exhausted (department travel funds, special line item allocations, grant funds, etc.).
- The trip must be to participate in an activity that satisfies section 87153 of the California Education Code regarding approved uses of Staff Development funds, as set forth in Assembly Bill 1725 (see "Documents and Forms").
- Associates can request and receive funding at any time during the fiscal year but can only claim flex credit for flex-eligible activities during the fall or spring terms, and only during a term that s/he is teaching. See "Information for Associate Faculty" for information on claiming credit during fall and spring.
Requests for funding require a completed "Travel Request / Claim Form" that has already been approved by your department chair and dean.
To request funding from PDP, submit a completed application (available from the "Documents and Forms" page) and your completed "Travel Request / Claim Form" to the PDP / Flex office. "Completed" means the forms must have signatures from both your department chair and dean as required on the forms. Application forms received in the PDP / Flex office without department chair and dean signatures will not be considered and will be returned to the faculty member.
If funded, you are required to complete the online evaluation form (available from the "Documents and Forms" page) within 14 days of your return from the conference, event, etc. Failure to do so may result in loss of eligibility for future funding from the Flex travel account.