We don't have CC 2014 on any of our 3 latest generation Mac Pros, so this is not an option for us.
Good news! It is an option for you: How to Find and Install Previous Version of Adobe Apps in CC 2015
AE CC 2015 is the first step in a major re-architecture, separating the renderer from the UI for the first time in AE's 20+ year history. This is a big job and it's clearly still in progress. It's a necessary step for improving After Effects performance, but it's taking a while (and multiple versions) for them to get through. So, during this time of transition as they're introducing elements of the new architecture, sometimes it may be easier to use the older version to get a job done.
Thank you for your prompt reply. This seems like a bit of a cumbersome, (and disk space consuming) process to have to go through, though I understand this is short-term pain for long-term gain as the AE team gets it right for next iterations. Will wait patiently for this feature to be added back into CC 2015...or 16...
I will have our team install the previous version of AE and we will experiment with the MMR/Watch folder workflow I have found detailed in a few places, such as the following:
Adobe's help page (technically heavy, with emphasis on command line rendering...no thanks)
This link is found within the above article, and is more along the lines of what I was hoping to accomplish.
A separate tutorial from Eran Stern found on YouTube/Lynda.com. This tutorial felt like the easiest to follow and the ideal one to use with my team as we all have Macs with the same version of AE, fonts, and plugins