Personal Growth Units
Article 12.5 of the Moraine Valley
Faculty Association Agreement establishes a process that allows full-time
faculty members to earn credit for approved professional growth activities. PGU
credits may be used to meet promotion criteria and to document professional
members have the opportunity to earn PGU credits for professional
development activities in several categories. Begin by determining the
category that describes your activity.
To apply for PGU
credit, complete the PGU application form and submit it to the Center for
Teaching and Learning (CTL) in Room L244. There are statements and
information supporting the application that must be attached. If these are
missing, the application will be returned and you will still be responsible
for submitting all paperwork in prior to the start date of the activity.
For an activity to
be eligible for PGU credit, it must have PRIOR approval from the Faculty
Development Committee (FDC) and the dean of Academic and Learning
Technologies. This requirement is contractual and cannot be waived.
Therefore, your PGU application must be received by the FDC in time for
review prior to the activity. The FDC meets the first and third Tuesday of
each month to review PGU and other applications. Make sure your application
gets to the committee before a regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting
dates for the FDC may be found on the CTL calendar. (NOTE:
applications made during the summer are reviewed on an as
At the Faculty
Development Committee meeting, the director will present your PGU request
for review and recommendation.
- Requests receiving
positive FDC recommendations are submitted to the dean of Academic
and Learning Technologies for review and approval.
- Faculty members are
notified in writing of the status of their PGU request.
- When the PGU activity has been completed,
the PGU Final Report Form must be completed and
submitted to the Faculty Development Committee, along with the original PGU
application, no later than six (6) months from the completion of the PGU
activity. This is a contractual obligation, and PGU credit cannot be awarded
without this report.
of PGU Activities
Professional growth units (PGUs) may be
awarded for activities in the following categories:
voluntary in-service staff development activities
sponsored by Moraine Valley Community College for which the senior vice
president Academic Affairs has approved and established PGU credit.
(Typically 16 contact hours equal one PGU).
experience to upgrade skills in a
field directly related to instructional assignment (i.e., Legal Assistant,
Broker, etc.). For such activities, one (1) PGU can be awarded for each 100
hours of work experience, to a maximum of three (3) PGU credits per summer.
Unless unusual circumstances warrant such approval, PGU credit for summer
employment would be approved only every other summer.
courses or seminars directly
applicable to instructional assignment. (Typically 16 class contact hours
equal one PGU). Credit will be given only once for
courses/seminars/workshops that contain essentially the same information
content (e.g., Introduction to Word Perfect).
projects, other than
college-supported research and development projects, which are beyond the
scope of regular duties (i.e., special research projects, authoring
significant works, development of unusually time-consuming instructional
aids, presentation at seminars or workshops for which significant
preparation was required, etc.) PGU value to be tentatively assessed when
the proposal is made and reviewed at the half-way mark. One to three PGUs
may be allowed depending upon the complexity of the activity and its time
PGU credits are based on the standard
16-week semester, where 16 classroom hours equal one credit hour. Therefore 16
contact hours—hours spent in a professional development activity—earn one
To calculate the number of PGUs that will be
earned by a certain activity, divide the number of contact hours (or estimate of
contact hours) by 16.
Example: You attend a one day seminar and spend
a total of seven hours listening to presentations and participating in
workshops. The PGU's that you would earn for this activity would be 7 divided
by 16, or 0.4375. The maximum number of PGUs that you can earn for each request
Here's a table with some typical contact hour
totals converted to PGU credits:
those of you who prefer not to divide, you may multiply the total contact hours
by 1/16 or 0.0625. For example, 7 contact hours times 0.0625 equals 0.4375