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Strategic Plan for Diagnostic & Treatment Sciences

Context For Planning

The Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences was created in January of 2014, It consists of 5 different programs: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Dosimetry, Medical Laboratory Science, Radiation Therapy, and Therapeutic Recreation. There are 17 faculty members, 1 full-time and 1 part-time PSS that make up the department. These are all secondary admit, undergraduate programs with the exception of the Medical Dosimetry program which is a master's level graduate program. There is a plan that includes exploring the possibility of developing and implementing a master's level graduate program in Therapeutic Recreation. Additionally, there is a focus on increasing the size of cohorts within the Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Radiation Therapy, and Medical Dosimetry programs. As part of this growth, and impacting the Medical Laboratory Science and Therapeutic Recreation programs as well, there is an emphasis on recruiting a more diverse student population. Finally, there is a continuous effort to engage in the process of continual quality improvement for all aspects of the programs.

Mission

To prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be impactful and competent practitioners, enabling the provision of quality health-care services.

Vision

The Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences is focused on inspiring students to be life-long learners who will continually exhibit a passion for their profession and strive to be impactful, competent, and innovative practitioners who contribute to the overall health and wellness of their communities.

Value Statement

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase diversity of students to 10%

Baseline

Across the programs in the DTS department the range of underrepresented groups is currently between ~8%.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Diversity overall for the department measured to be 9.8%.

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

Objective 1.C.1

All program/emphasis areas within DTS will have advisory boards made up of diverse audience of interests that will meet a minimum of 1x/yr.

Baseline

Currently not tracked

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
All programs have advisory boards that meet a minimum of 1x/year and have diverse audiences of interest as defined by their respective accrediting bodies.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Faculty from all programs will evaluate, and where appropriate, integrate new technologies to support delivery of curriculum.

Baseline

No baseline has been established.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
All programs within the department activity evaluate and integrate new technologies to support delivery of curriculum.

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

100% of programs/emphasis areas will achieve maximum level of accreditation

Baseline

Currently 5 of the 6 programs/emphasis areas are accredited at their maximum levels.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
All programs that are accredited are currently at their maximum level of accreditation. Therapeutic Recreation program is not yet accredited but anticipates a site visit in April of 2017 with accreditation to follow.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

To gather from each program/emphasis area what outreach is being conducted and/or planned to reach underrepresented groups.

Baseline

No current data collected.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Each program has indicated action steps that they have put into place (or that are already in place) to reach underrepresented groups.

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

Objective 2.C.1

Over any 4 year period, 100% of faculty will participate in state, national, or international professional associations through service or scholarship activities.

Baseline

Not currently tracked

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
All faculty from all programs in the department met this objective for 2016.

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

Objective 2.D.1

100% of regular department faculty will complete the hybrid/online endorsement program.

Baseline

Current <50% of regular department faculty hold this endorsement.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
As of the end of 2016, of the 15 regular faculty members within the department, 13 (87%) had completed the hybrid/online endorsement program.

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

Objective 2.E.1

To examine the allocation of fiscal/human/space/support resources to programs/emphasis areas to determine fairness and equity to promote excellence in teaching.

Baseline

Budgets have not been analyzed for comparison purposes.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Program budgets examined and budgetary requests made as necessary to support programs in equitable manner.

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

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

Objective 3.A.1

Complete plan for development of expanding programs in the department

Baseline

TR master's program prospectus submitted; anticipated timeline of program proposal and courses to be submitted during AY 2016-17 with expected start of F 2018.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
TR Master's program prospectus was approved and proposal committee formed to begin working on TR Master's program proposal. Both sonography programs have plans to increase cohort size when moved into new teaching space in RJF Hall in May of 2018.

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

Pass rate for all credentialing exams taken by students in the program/emphasis areas will exceed national and state averages for pass rates.

Baseline

5 out of 6 program/emphasis areas report passing rates greater than national or state average pass rates.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
All programs except for one has pass rates that exceed national averages for pass rate. The program does not exceed still meets the pass rate standard as required by their accreditation body and their 3 yr aggregate pass rate average exceeds the 3 yr aggregate national pass rate.

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

Objective 4.C.1

Each program will send out certificates of appreciation on an annual basis to each community organization/agency that has engaged in any type of partnership or collaboration.

Baseline

In place at 100% with some program/emphasis areas. No data for other program/emphasis area.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
All programs do some type of recognition activity but it is in cases limited to specific types of partners or collaborators.

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

Objective 4.E.1

All programs/emphases will establish and update respective websites to accurately reflect current state of programs/emphases with assistance from college web page designer.

Baseline

No baseline

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
All programs have established websites with up to date information.

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