Organizational Development


Department Tuition Assistance

Purpose: Iowa State University departments/units may provide tuition assistance to their employees for professional development. A supervisor and an employee discuss the employee's need for tuition and other assistance. The discussion will also include the arrangements to accommodate time away from the workstation. Satisfactory employee performance and available budget are the only restrictions.

Information: When the departments/units provide assistance (tuition, books, fees, time away, etc.), the following apply:

 

Eligibility: Non-temporary/permanent appointment of continuous service of one year or longer. Eligibility begins the first day of employment.

Coursework: Work related graduate coursework approved by the supervisor. Undergraduate degree coursework may be in any discipline.

Reimbursement: At the same rate as the institution's resident tuition with no predetermined credit hour minimum or maximum. This assumes satisfactory performance and the budgetary capacity to support the stipulated educational pursuits of the employee.

Reimbursement priority: Regent institutions, institutions of higher education with a partnership agreement with Regent institutions, external accredited institutions.

 

If you or your supervisor have questions, send an email to: tuitionreimbursement@iastate.edu

 

Organizational Development

The university encourages and supports the development of its employees through a variety of resources.

P&S Council - Professional Development
Merit and P & S Tuition Reimbursement Program
Departmental Tuition Assistance
Office of Learning & Development

 

Training Opportunities - Many departments sponsor training opportunities

 

Learning & Development Course Offerings

Courses are offered by:

Bookstore
CELT
Controller's Department
Equal Opportunity & Diversity
University Human Resources
Purchasing
Payroll

Sponsored Programs:

Environmental Health and Safety
Informational Technology Services(ITS)
Department Tuition Assistance

 

Departmental Services by Request

Learning and Development vendors may be of assistance to departments or individuals in the management of the workplace and workplace issues.

 

University Human Resources has contracted local training companies to provide training and learning opportunities with regard to such issues.

 

The offerings listed below have been identified with specific contractors, who have been reviewed and researched to provide you with the highest quality information central Iowa has to offer.

 

Please click on the topics below to see a more detailed description:

 

  • Team Building / Employee Motivation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Management Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Business Skills
  • Communication
  • Improving Communication Skills
  • Public Speaking

 

 

Services for each company are at a negotiated Iowa State University rate, and sessions maybe be combined between departments to off-set costs.

Please log into Access Plus, hrstraining, to see the current learning opportunities available(Click here). For additional information, questions, or to schedule a vendor,

please contact us at 515-294-4800 or hrslandd@iastate.edu.

 

Team Essential – Succeeding Together

Course description:  This program explores the essentials that team members and leaders need to understand for team success.  Included in the session is discussion around the different types of teams, the four stages of team development and how to understand and deal with different personalities on the team.

 

Vendor:  ATW Training & Consulting, Inc.

Length:  ½ day

Minimum/Maximum participants – 15/30

 

Objectives: By participating in this session, participants should be able to:

 

  • Understand the importance of working together collaboratively
  • Review the stages of team development
  • Appreciate and adapt to different behavior styles
  • Utilize this information to communicate more effectively with team members
 

Team Healing Workshop

Course description:  This facilitated session begins by promoting open communication in a safe-zone environment, utilizing the true “I-Message” format, and sharing perspectives without blame.  Small group work identifies strengths and needs of the team.  The results are developed into a plan of action and commitment based on personal ownership.

 

Vendor:  INNOVATIONS

Length:  Full-day (can be done as 2 half-days)

Minimum/Maximum participants - 15/30

 

Objectives: By participating in this session, participants should be able to:

 

  • Externalize feelings using the I-message format
  • Identify situational issues
  • Explain situational impact on trust
  • Identify team strengths
  • Explain team needs
  • Collaborate on a plan of action
 

Building Your Team – Tools for Managers

Course description:  Getting and keeping good team members is one of the primary challenges of employers today.  The other challenge is to get those team members to work together.  As a leader, your job is not only to attract and retain quality team members, but also to help them to be productive and focused.  In this program, we’ll discuss a model for developing a highly effective team, as well as give you the tools to conduct your own “team building” sessions.

 

Vendor:  People Works, Inc.

Length:  3-4 Hours

Minimum/Maximum participants – 15/30

 

Objectives:  In this program we will explore:

 

  • A model for highly effective teams (PERFORM)
  • The keys to being an effective team leader
  • The phases of team development
  • Tools to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your team
  • At least 4 team building techniques that you can use with your own teams
 

Working Effectively in Teams

Course description:  The foundation of a successful team relies upon understanding yourself and other team members.  The ability to work with other people (who might be very different from you) effectively is a key ingredient to a productive team.  In this program, we will complete a self-assessment and a team maze project to explore being an effective team player and dealing with others who may not be!

 

Vendor:  People Works, Inc.

Length:  Lunch & Learn: 1 Hour

Workshop:  3-4 Hours

Minimum/Maximum participants – 15/30

 

Objectives: By participating in this session, participants should be able to:

 

  • Gain insight into your own team behavior
  • Increase your understanding of other team member’s behaviors
  • Understand your preferred communication style and how that may differ from others
  • List assertive communication strategies to get what you need and help others get what they need
  • Describe how you typically deal with conflict and difficult team members and what may or may not be effective
  • Continue to work on fostering teamwork on your team
 

5 Dysfunctions of Teams

Course description:  This program is based on the highly successful book by the same name and deals with the five most common dysfunctions of teams.  By looking at and exploring the top dysfunctions, participants are able to self assess their teams and determine a plan for dealing with their teams dysfunctions.

 

Vendor:  ATW Training & Consulting, Inc.

Length:  ½ day, 5 hour and full day sessions are available.

Minimum/Maximum participants:  15/30

 

 Objectives:  After participating in this session participants should be able to:

 

  • Understand the behaviors that most commonly derail teams
  • Assess which areas their team(s) struggles with the most, and why
  • Develop a personalized action plan designed to help their team overcome its dysfunctions and work together more cohesively
 

Laws of Teamwork

Course description:  This program explores the essentials that team members and leaders need to understand for team success.  Included in the session is discussion around the different types of teams, the four stages of team development and how to understand and deal with different personalities on the team.

 

Vendor:  ATW Training & Consulting, Inc.

Length:  ½ day

Minimum/Maximum participants:  15/30

 

Objectives: By participating in this session participants should be able to:

 

  • Understand the importance of working together collaboratively
  • Review the stages of team development
  • Appreciate and adapt to different behavior styles
  • Utilize this information to communicate more effectively with team members
 

To inquire about the vendor services, please call 515-294-4800 or email us at hrslandd@iastate.edu.

Funds are dependent for each of the three designated semester periods (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters). If funding is not sufficient to cover all pending applications, they will be funded based on the institutions priority as follows:

1st: State of Iowa Regent Institutions

2nd: Institutions of Higher Education with a partnership agreement with State of Iowa Regent Institutions

3rd: United States Accredited Institutions approved by the U.S. Department of Education.


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