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Southern Miss Gulf Coast Research Associate Lead Author for Book Chapter

Dr. John J. Kmiec, Jr., research associate at The University of Southern Mississippi Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute (WLPI), is the lead author for a book chapter in Measuring ROI in Learning and Development: Case Studies from Global Organizations published by ASTD Press.

Measuring ROI in Learning and Developmentuses case studies to describe how learning and development programs are evaluated, including the financial return-on-investment (ROI). The book chapter was edited by renowned evaluation and ROI experts Drs. Jack and Patti Phillips. Contributing authors for the chapter include Dr. Sandra Dugas, Dr. Cyndi Gaudet, Dr. Heather Annulis, Dr. Mary Nell McNeese and Dr. Susan Bush.

WLPI, which is housed in the Department of Economic and Workforce Development on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, works with public and private sector organizations to help build a sustainable human capital development infrastructure for Mississippi.

For more information on the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute, call 228.214.3517.

Faculty, Students’ Research on Puerto Rico Published in Human Resource Journal

University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast students and faculty members in the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute (WLPI) have recently been published in Human Resource Development International after participating in a study investigating Puerto Rico’s retraining of its workforce to meet the growing demand of global competition.

The researchers, who traveled to Puerto Rico in 2010, conducted interviews with key workforce development stakeholders during their visit. The article, “Analysis of human capital development in Puerto Rico: summary and conclusions,” published in the July 2011 issue of Human Resource Development International.

The research team was comprised of four doctoral students from the institute’s human capital development program, WLPI Director Cyndi Gaudet, and WLPI Assistant Director Heather Annulis.

“This article relates the human capital development experience of Puerto Rico,” said Mamie Griffin, lead author for the article. “However, the experiences of this small island are not exclusive or unique. Human capital development is an important issue facing every state and national government today. As we examine Puerto Rico's human capital efforts, we also learn more about our own."

The trip and research was made possible by the Supporting Curriculum Development for the Trent Lott National Center for Excellence in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Grant from the Department of Education. The article can be found online at:  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13678868.2011.585067

For more information on the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute, call 228.214.3517.