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Strategic Plan for Occupational Safety & Health

Context For Planning

We have reviewed the first three years of our unit and look forward to the future.

Mission

To prepare exceptional professionals who will impact the safety and health of today and tomorrow's workforce.

Vision

To create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, ethical behavior, and encourages life-long learning

Value Statement

" Professional and ethical behavior " Respect and appreciation of differences " Life-long learning " Social responsibility

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

All sections taught by continuing faculty without overload

Baseline

AY 15-16: 100%

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
For the 16-17 Academic year, all courses were taught by continuing faculty without overload.

2017 Status
Achieved
For the 17-18 academic year, 100% of courses are being taught by continuing faculty without overload.

Objective 1.A.2

Mininum 95% of graduates employed in the field or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation

Baseline

AY 13-14: 89% (9 reporting of 22 surveyed; 8 employed)

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
We continue to develop relationships with area employers and have reached out to national employers as well to inform them of our program and the availability of our graduates.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

Achieve ABET Accreditation for the OSHM B.S. Program by Fall 2019

Baseline

AY 15-16: No

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The Readiness Review Document (preliminary self study) has been submitted to ABET. Based on the self self study submitted for the Readiness Review, ABET has approved the GVSU OSH program for submitting a Request for Evaluation in the Fall of 2018

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.1

All sections are taught in first-round PCEC controlled rooms on the 6th floor EC

Baseline

AY 15-16: 100%

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
The current class schedule and course offerings allow us to schedule all sections on the 6th floor EC

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 1.E.1

Achieve a fully endowed Scholarship Fund

Baseline

AY 15-16: Establish the first endowed Scholarship Fund

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
FTCH Occupational Safety and Health Management Pathway Scholarship was endowed in 2016 and was awarded for the 17-18 AY

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Improve retention and graduation rates of underrepresented populations by 10% of the margin available

Baseline

Retention F14 to F15: (URM, non-URM) = (40%, 58%) with N (5, 57); Six-year graduation rate (75%, 84%) with N (32, 168)

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
We continue to attract underrepresented populations to the OSH program. The availabilty of jobs in the field, the openness of the department faculty, the availability of scholarships for minority students through state and national organizations, and the current academic requirements make the OSH program an attractive option for students from underrepresented populations. We continue to see progress in retaining these student populations and graduating them within 6 years.

Objective 2.B.2

Increase the percentage of of underrepresented students by 10% of the AY15-16 percentage

Baseline

W16: 12 of 67 = 18%

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
The number of underrepresented population increased in proportion to the major

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
We continue to attract Underrepresented populations to this major abet not int he numbers that would meet goal. (Our percentage of underrepresented populations remains the same. The program academic requirements, the job availability, and active caring of faculty and staff in the OSH department continue to attract underrepresented populations.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.1

Increase professional development support funding by 25%

Baseline

AY 14-15: $5, 500

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Substantial increase in professional development funds were made available to assist with professional certifications in preparation of ABET accreditation

2017 Status
Achieved
The support for professional development continues with Prof Wu and McCormick Achieving their ASP certifications and Prof. Wu obtaining his Certified Safety Professional designation.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 3.D.1

Increase the number of students completing the OSHM major and a related minor by 10%

Baseline

AY 14-15: 4 of 23 majors

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
While the number of student completing the major has palteau for the last couple of years , the numbers of OSH majors has increased significantly from 2013. We continue to actively recruit majors to the program through various means.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

Increase professional development, instructional, and service activities that impact external constituents by 10%

Baseline

"Class speakers: 19; Safe Brewing 5; Short course 11; Fit-testing 5; Internship contacts 62; Total: 102"

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
We continue to develop our relationships with community partners by assiting their OSH efforts, completing special projects, and inviting them to educate our students in various classes.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

Increase support for student professional organizations by 20%

Baseline

Academic Year 14-15: $2,258.47

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
This number is a more realistic baseline as it does not include support to attend a conference that only occurs every 4 years. The support did not take go down that dramatically if that one conference was removed from the original baseline.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Funding for student activities increased 5 % from the previos year but is still much lower that the baseline. The baseline year was a bit of a issue based on supporting students to attend a conference e that does not occur annually.

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