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Strategic Plan for Physician Assistant Studies

Context For Planning

The GVSU PAS department met as a faculty in January, 2016 to discuss approach to strategic planning. At that time, it was decided that an ad hoc committee would be developed and the final product brought forth to the entire department. A committee was formed which included the Department chair, the director of clinical education, the director of pre-clinical education, and a faculty member from the Traverse City campus. This group met 4 times throughout the Winter 2016 semester to develop the plan. The entire plan will be presented to the entire faculty at the end of the semester once final edits are complete.

Mission

The mission of the program is to educate individuals to become competent Physician Assistants, who possess the skills necessary for interprofessional medical practice.

Vision

The PAS department does not have a vision statement specific to the department.

Value Statement

The values of the Physician Assistant Studies Department include: 

Professionalism
Medical Knowledge and Competence in Patient Care
Interprofessional Education
Evidence Based Learning 

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.2

The PAS program will engage learners by teaching in a variety of different methods

Baseline

No data collected

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

The PAS department will strive to increase applicants from underrepresented groups by 5%.

Baseline

Currently, the PAS department is at 3% underrepresented groups overall.

Objective 1.B.2

Develop initiatives to increase the cumulative diversity of CHP graduate students, faculty and staff to a 3 year average of 7% by 2020.

Baseline

Currently we have 3% of students and 0% of staff from underrepresented groups.

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

Objective 1.D.1

25% of PAS courses will include a new innovative teaching, integrative scholarly and creative activity, or technology.

Baseline

no data collected at this time

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

Objective 1.E.1

The PAS department will complete a second endowed scholarship.

Baseline

Currently, the department has 1 endowed scholarship

Objective 1.E.2

Include one student member on the PAS department Pre-Clinical Committee

Baseline

Zero students currently sit on any PAS department committee

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

By 2018, increase the number of PAS faculty that have undergone inclusion advocacy (IA) training to four faculty.

Baseline

Currently 1 PAS faculty is an inclusion advocate

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

Objective 2.C.1

Expand the number of clinical sites by 25%

Baseline

The PAS department currently has approximately 300 current clinical sites in active use.

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

Objective 2.D.1

50% of faculty will participate annually, in a technology and learning event

Baseline

no data collected

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

The PAS department will have a complete curricular map of the entire program, including both didactic and clinical phases.

Baseline

No curricular map at this point

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

The PAS department will structure, align, and increase use of faculty inclusion advocates.

Baseline

Currently, the PAS department has one IA. This one IA is effective, however only 3 department committees have an IA.

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 annual 100% first time pass rate on the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE)

Baseline

100% for the past 5 years (99% overall)

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

Objective 4.C.1

Recognize faculty contributions to community collaborations

Baseline

Faculty currently contribute to community collaborations, however it is not reported consistently or recognized in a formal manner.

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