Professional Development Policies

At Knowledge Systems Institute, we encourage our faculty and staff to continue to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge as well as to reach out to the greater community of professionals to glean from the experiences of others.

Professional Development and Training Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for administering professional development and training at Knowledge Systems Institute.

Policy Statement: 

Knowledge Systems Institute recognizes the importance of encouraging and supporting faculty and staff in professional development activities that are related to their employment. These activities include work related professional development opportunities including, but not exclusive to eLearning, webinars in related fields, massive online open courses (MOOCs), employee workshops, courses, classes, and professional conferences.

The following points outline the responsibilities for KSI team members regarding professional development:

  • KSI leadership is responsible for identifying, creating, and providing opportunities for professional development and training to enhance and build the capacity, skills, excellence, and professionalism of employees to enable them to contribute effectively and creatively to the KSI’s mission.
  • KSI leadership is responsible for actively encouraging and supporting appropriate learning experiences. Leadership has the final approval for funding and providing time for professional development and training opportunities.
  • Faculty and staff employees are responsible for assessing their job related skills and knowledge, for maintaining a high level of performance throughout their employment, and for seeking approval for appropriate professional development and training opportunities in consultation with leadership.
  • Professional development and training opportunities should be available to all employees:
  • Management needs to plan for and allow appropriate professional development and training activities that occur as part of work time.
  • Professional development and training activities that require time away from the employee’s workplace must be approved by KSI leadership.
  • Professional development and training activities outside of and in addition to regular work hours require written approval in advance if the activities are to be considered as regular work for overtime compensation. 



1. All regular full-time employees are eligible for professional development reimbursement.
2. Professional development can be obtained through attendance at seminars, educational courses and degree programs that once acquired will assist the employee in performing his or her essential job functions and increase the employee’s contribution to the organization.
3. Other professional development expenses that are reimbursable under this policy are membership fees to professional organizations, registration fees for meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars, fees and subscriptions for scholarly journals, books, and computer-based resources.
4. Employees must request permission from the Executive Director or Chief Financial Officer for review and approval to attend and to receive reimbursement for desired training and/or resource. The request must include applicable course of study, purpose, job relevance, cost, dates, times of coursework and name of the institution or source of training.
5. Upon satisfactory completion of the training and/or coursework, the employee must provide documentation to support completion and payment in order to receive reimbursement. Maximum reimbursement will be up to $2,500 annually. If not used, the amount does not roll into the next calendar year; it is forfeited.
7. Eligible employees are entitled to 10 working days of professional development to be approved at the discretion of management and the business needs.


Faculty Professional Development

Professional development for faculty members and instructors should be undertaken in order to enhance academic-related knowledge and expansion of knowledge related to the advancement of computer and information science areas of study directly related to the MS Degree program curriculum. In addition, fields of related study, such as ethical, business and legal areas may be pursued. Special attention to recent developments in IT, programming, and database industries are encouraged 


Staff Professional Development

Professional development for staff includes the following areas as relevant:
a. business skills, including financial stewardship, human resource management and strategic leadership; knowledge of university policies, procedures, mission or governance structures;
b. communication skills, including basic skills, conflict management and resolution, negotiation and facilitation;
c. team communications and/or team building skills:
d. research funding and grant administration knowledge and skills;
e. knowledge and skills related to acting as a member of an ethnically and culturally diverse student body and workforce in an inclusive and respectful manner;
f. knowledge and skills in recognizing and responding effectively to discrimination and harassment;
g. knowledge and skills in the uses of technology to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the university's business and/or educational practices. 

Questions regarding the professional development policy can be directed to the Executive Director or Chief Financial Officer.