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Strategic Plan for School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration

Mission

The School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration educates students for lives of active citizenship as contributing members of their local, regional, national, and global communities, and professional careers in government, nonprofit and health care organizations.

Vision

SPNHA aspires to be a pre-eminent source for community and public service education by providing an innovative, professional curriculum with dedicated and inspired teaching, scholarship, and service to the community. SPNHA is committed to developing in our students the capacities for ethical judgment, critical thinking, and the skills and leadership necessary to fulfill multiple roles as effective managers and public servants.

Value Statement

We value: Liberal education Academic excellence in learning, teaching and research A culture of collegiality and collaboration Diversity, civic discourse, and democratic communities Community Engagement International perspectives and experiences Management skills Ethical commitment Study of public, nonprofit and private sector collaboration. Diversity of ideas Innovation Informed decision making Social justice

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

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

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

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

Objective 2.A.1

70 % of part-time faculty will have participated in one university or departmental training, event, workshop or seminar every three years.

Baseline

Limited formal support except that provided by university. Some mentoring.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
SPNHA held its first every Part-time Faculty Institute which was well attended with about half (nine) of our current part-time faculty participating. As part of that event, created a Part-Time Faculty Checklist providing materials and information that will help part-time faculty in their teaching and administration of their duties. A number of part-time faculty were recruited to participate in the Online-Hybrid Learning institutes to increase the pool of part-time faculty qualified to teach online-hybrid courses. We are now inviting all part-time faculty to attend our SPNHA Spring Fling event in April.

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

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

Maintain currency in our SPNHA web site. Produce at least two electronic newsletters each year and 100% of printed materials will reflect the department's achievements in accreditation.

Baseline

Very few of our current materials promote accreditation.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In March to April 2016, compiled information and graphics for our first SPNHA Electronic Newsletter which was completed and disseminated to nearly 2,000 individuals (faculty, staff, alumni and community partners) in May 2016. Second Electronic Newsletter will be completed in March 2017 and will highlight the recent reaccreditation of our MPA Program. In the fall of 2016, our External Relations Committee committed to a thorough review of the programmatic areas of the SPNHA web site. Graduate Program materials were updated. Department Secretary Fran Cain underwent a number of social media trainings and in Winter of 2017 enrolled in a class InDesign, in document design and production.

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

Objective 4.E.1

Partner and develop relationships with SPNHA alumni through the Alumni association through successful alumni engagement.

Baseline

SPNHA Alumni Association established 2013

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2016 we've instituted an annual meeting between the Executive Committee of the SPNHA Alumni Association and the SPNHA faculty and staff. The executive committee attended a SPNHA faculty meeting presenting their strategic plan and we worked on ways of connecting the Alumni Association more directly to our school. The SPNHA Alumni Association has a member that is assigned to each of the SPNHA student associations. The Alumni Association is hosting at least one annual event for current students. In 2016 the Association held a "How to Present Yourself in the Job Market" workshop where a free professional Headshot was provided. The SPNHA bi-annual Electronic Newsletter will have an SPNHA Alumni Corner with one in-depth profile each year and other highlights of SPNHA Alumni. The SPNHA Alumni Association assisted with a campaign to grow our SPNHA Student Endowment to $100,000 which was successful.

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