Professional Development Series Programs

The Training Collaborative, originally comprised of representatives from five TBC member institutions, formed the foundation of our current Professional Development Series. These programs are committed to providing employees in higher education with the training they need to succeed in their work environments while affording opportunities to network with colleagues from other area institutions. Working together, Consortium members design unique, comprehensive programs to address mutual needs within the member schools while taking advantage of cost-sharing initiatives.

Please check the course calendar for program dates and registration.

Successful Management: What Every Supervisor Wants to Know

This program requires pre-authorization from your HR department. Contact your HR department or the member of The Training Collaborative from your institution to register.

This three-day, interactive training program was created for supervisors and managers who want to further develop their skills in their management role. It was designed for new supervisors and for those who have been supervising for up to six years to expand their understanding of how to be an effective supervisor and manager. The program takes place on successive Fridays over the span of three weeks.

The workshop style is upbeat and interactive, and the design incorporates participants' various learning styles through pair and small group conversation, full group discussions, role-plays, and other exercises. Participants will be provided the DISC, a communications tool that supports understanding about different communications styles and preferences.

Participants will consider the questions: How can I enhance my supervisory skills? What are my communications preferences, and how can I become more flexible in order to work even more collaboratively and manage more effectively? What are some of my management challenges, and what are some ways I can respond to them? How can I provide my best work and fully contribute to my organization?

Participants will:

  • Discuss the values that provide a foundation for management excellence.
  • Explore essential management competencies, including:
  • Performance development including giving effective feedback
  • Communication skills including active listening and assertive communication
  • Practical meeting management skills including agenda and objectives development
  • Discuss their organization's culture and norms and network with colleagues from different schools.
  • Develop an on-going individual development plan that supports productivity and effectiveness.
The Administrative Assistant Development Program

This program requires pre-authorization from your HR department. Contact your HR department or the member of The Training Collaborative from your institution to register.

The four-part series is full of great techniques to help those who want to become more effective in the advancement of school and department business objectives. The program encompasses the critical components required to insure a rewarding and successful workplace experience for college and university administrators, including communication skills (both written and oral), managing time and data, and creating win-win situations. All this and more will be discussed in this dynamic series.

Upon successful completion of the Administrative Assistant Development Program, participants will receive a certificate from their HR department. Contact your HR department to see if your school if participating in the certificate program and if there are additional school-specific requirements for certification.

The four courses are:
  • Developing Proven Techniques for Effective Communication
  • Developing Outstanding Customer Service
  • Developing Professional Writing Skills
  • Developing Effective Management of Paper and Electronic Files

MIT has kindly offered to open its Organization and Employee Development performance training to members of The Boston Consortium. MIT courses are offered during three semesters throughout the year (fall, spring, summer). The length of courses varies from two-hour to multiple-day sessions. The courses focus on the areas of:
  • collaboration
  • leadership
  • communication
  • critical thinking/problem solving
  • financial management and reporting
  • individual development
The courses are taught by OED staff and other individuals from across the Institute who have a wide range of expertise in the content areas of our courses, as well as extensive experience in training and group facilitation.

Most of OED’s courses are offered at MIT’s Professional Learning Center on 301 Vassar Street, Building W89, a full-service training facility. Lunch is not included with the course fee.

Note for MIT employees only: MIT offers professional development courses to MIT employees at no charge. If you are an MIT employee and wish to enroll in an upcoming MIT course, please register through the MIT Training web site at