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SUOAF-AFSCME Professional Development Committee

Policies and Procedures for Professional Development Grants 


Per section 22.6 of the SUOAF-AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement, the SUOAF Professional Development funds “shall be available annually for the purpose of funding professional development activities for members of the bargaining unit”.  The SUOAF Professional Development Committee reviews applications from members and makes funding recommendations.


The contract further states that “no one individual shall receive more than $750 in a contract year” and “expenses of members required to travel on University business shall not be charged to this fund”.

     Professional development funds are not to be used for training or education that is required for the performance of a member’s job responsibilities; this is the responsibility of the individual department or the University.

A proposal must show financial commitment from other sources (department, division, etc) to cover more than 50% of the total cost of the professional development activity.

The committee generally funds registration fees, when applicable.

      Proposals will be reviewed by the committee and funding will be determined based on:

  • Merit of proposal

  • Amount of funds available in the committee account

    Since all Grant decisions will be made on the merit of the proposal it is incumbent upon the individual applicant to make a clear and specific statement of the benefits to be derived from the professional development activity.

An individual member may be funded only once in a twelve month period.

        Funds may be requested for use by departments for a professional development activity benefiting SUOAF/AFSCME members. 

From the total amount of funds allocated to the committee, a portion is set aside to fund campus-wide activities for SUOAF members.  The committee welcomes members’ suggestions for such activities.

Procedures for proposal submission:

  1. A member submits a proposal to the committee chair.
  2. Copies of the proposal are sent to each committee member.
  3. Either at a convened meeting or via email, the committee members review the proposal and make recommendations and funding decisions which are recorded by the chair.
  4. The chair signs off on the proposal and forwards it to Human Resources.
  5. The Chief Human Resources Officer also signs the proposal and by doing so authorizes the expenditure.
  6. Human Resources sends an award notification to the member.
  7. CCSU Grants Administration sets up an account and keeps the financial records.

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