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Strategic Plan for Allied Health Sciences

Context For Planning

The Allied Health Sciences Department (AHS) evolved substantially since the last strategic planning process at GVSU.  Previously, the department focused as an entity for other units in the College of Health Professions by providing the undergraduate curriculum necessary to prepare graduates for application to graduate health profession programs such as Sonography,  Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Speech Language Pathology, and Occupational Therapy. The interest in these programs increased the number of AHS majors to its current 950, one of the largest undergraduate majors at GVSU. A limitation became apparent whereby not all of those 900+ graduates would be successful in earning acceptance to either GVSU's or other graduate health profession programs. The new direction taken by AHS in 2013 involved development of bachelor degree entry-level health profession that can be offered to the AHS majors. Presently, these programs involve Health Information Management, Respiratory Care (in a cooperative with Muskegon Community College), American Sign Language Interpreting, and Histotechnology. The AHS department has several more bachelor degree entry-level professions under active development.

The department has also engaged with members of our regional community by offering AHS courses through the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) "Early College Program," Rockford Public Schools with dual enrollment courses, and the GVSU Traverse City location, where the AHS emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies is offered to compliment the satellite graduate Physician Assistance Studies program approved for the Traverse City location.

The context for this strategic planning effort is a collaborative endeavor between the Unit Head and the faculty of AHS. It is designed to inform and guide the department in future activities that compliment and enhance the strategic plan of the College of Health Professions and the strategic plan of Grand Valley State University. While the department cannot add to all the objectives in the college or university plan, it is able to devote faculty and programmatic resources to address select areas. The process of investigation toward assigning the objectives and metrics found in this document began in Fall 2015 and continued through Winter 2016, with groups of faculty taking ownership of various priority areas. Our intent is to build on the success achieved to date with the range and quality of the AHS curriculum, applied to what has been ascertained of the needs of the college, the university, and our community.

Mission

To prepare exceptional professionals who will impact the health profession today and tomorrow.

Vision

To create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, professional behavior, and encourages lifelong learning.

Value Statement

As educators in health we hold the following core values:
1. Professional and ethical behavior
2. Respect and appreciation for diversity
3. Lifelong learning
4. 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

For the period of 2016-2021, AHS will provide opportunities for 90% of undergraduate students to participate in at least one high-impact learning experience prior to graduation, in addition to supplemental writing skills, and capstone courses.

Baseline

Currently 60% of undergraduate students participate in at least one high-impact learning experience prior to graduation.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
For the period of 2016, students participated in high impact learning through assignments and activities in the following courses: AHS 301, AHS 340, AHS 490, ASL 201, ASL 422, HIM 311, HIM 365, and HIM 470 (an increase from 6 to 8 courses). AHS 340 and AHS 301 are required core courses for Allied Health Science (AHS) students; however, many students to complete PSY as an equivalent course to AHS 301. HIM 311, HIM 365, and HIM 470 are required courses for Health Information Management (HIM) students.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

To increase the current AHS student diversity population.

Baseline

Current AHS students, faculty, staff, from minority groups are 15.05% of CHP per GVSU Institutional Analysis.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
The percentage increase of diversity based upon GVSU Institutional Analysis data indicated a percentage of 15.43% of AHS students, faculty, and staff self-reporting as being part of an underrepresented group; this is an increase from 15.05% during 2015.

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

Objective 1.C.1

To establish and work collaboratively as applicable with Advisory Committees to evaluate program improvement opportunities to positively impact student outcomes in AHS programs as mandated by external accreditation.

Baseline

One Advisory Committee is established for Health Information Management.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
The only program within Allied Health Sciences requiring an Advisory Committee is Health Information Management. Health Information Management held an Advisory Board Meeting on 6.16.16 with a formal agenda, quorum, and recorded minutes.

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

Objective 1.D.1

AHS will utilize learning technologies in all core courses.

Baseline

Blackboard used in all core courses.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
All current full time faculty and those adjunct faculty teaching courses in a hybrid format have completed GVSU's Hybrid and Online Training Certificate training. All faculty have also been aware of and many participate in professional development opportunities through conferences, GVSU's Instructional Design and Learning (IDeL), and other conferences. The content learned is shared during regular Allied Health Science Department meetings.

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

All AHS programs with external accreditation organizations will obtain or maintain accreditation.

Baseline

Currently none

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The only program within the Allied Health Services department required accreditation is Health Information Management (HIM). HIM is currently in the candidacy phase with a site visitation scheduled for March 2017.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

AHS will contribute and facilitate the implementation of CHP Project Implicit - a specialized self-assessment tool that measures the strength of associations between concepts and evaluations or stereotypes.

Baseline

None, will follow CHP Project Implicit baseline when established.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Data Pending from Project Implicit.

Objective 2.B.2

Increase AHS faculty awareness and education of cultural awareness.

Baseline

None, will be established when the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) results are received.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
All Allied Health Sciences full time staff and faculty were provided the opportunity to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in September 2016. Results for the department were reviewed during a regular department meeting in November 2016. Areas to focus on for continued development were collectively identified based on the IDI results. Educational follow-up opportunities are being planned throughout 2017 for the staff and faculty.

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

Objective 2.C.1

AHS will maintain current and expand with new collaborative community partnerships.

Baseline

Present community affiliations, partnerships and collaborations with Health Information Management practicums (10), MCO for MRI, Muskegon Community College, Kent Intermediate School District, Rockford Public Schools, Northern Michigan College, and Grand Rapids African American Institute (GRAAHI).

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science has maintained all current community affiliations and partnerships while also adding 17 additional, including: Northview Public Schools (ASL), Holland Public Schools (ASL), Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (ASL), Allegan General Hospital (HIM), Spectrum Health Zeeland (HIM), Holland Home (HIM), Clark Community (HIM), Metro Health Hospital (HIM), Advantage Health Centers of Detroit (HIM), Henry Ford Health System Macomb (HIM),Karmanos Cancer Institute - McLaren Macomb, Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center (HIM), Metro Health OAM Surgery Center (HIM), St. Jospeh Mercy Health System (RIS), University of Michigan Health System (RIS), Beaumont Health Bostford (RIS), and Bronson Healthcare Group (RIS).

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

Objective 2.E.1

AHS will increase resources more representative of the unit's large number of students it teaches to enhance the development of faculty in their field and develop faculty in online technologies for teaching improvement/efficiency.

Baseline

Presently, the department has approximately $5,000 annually to devote to faculty development purposes within their field. Additional resources are needed to modularize elements of AHS courses concomitant to the student credit hours generated by AHS.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Allied Health Services faculty obtained a total of four grants from FTLC (totaling $775.00) to supplement devoted department money for faculty development. Finalization of software settings for Appointment Management was not completed during 2016 due to unavailability of outside trainer; however, this has been scheduled for February 2017.

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

New program offerings to AHS will be proposed and implemented if approved include 1. A Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology in 2016, 2. A MS in Health Information Management in 2017, 3. A MS Program in Genetic Counseling 2017, 4. A program in Health Equity/Cultural Competence in 2017, and 5. A BS in Long Term Care Administration in 2017. 6. Emphasis in Pre-Clinical Dietetics in 2017.

Baseline

Present programs in AHS include a BS in AHS with emphases in Pre-PAS, Pre-PT, Pre-SLP, Histotechnology, American Sign Language Interpreting, Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Science, and Health Profession Degree Completion.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science department successfully submitted a proposed program for a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology March 2016 - pending review. Additional applicable program proposals will be submitted in 2017 as outlined.

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

Objective 3.C.1

To increase the number of AHS department courses with service learning components and experiential high-impact learning opportunities.

Baseline

Currently ASL 422 and HIM 365 have service learning components.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Sciences added service learning components to three additional courses during 2016 (AHS 495, HIM 311, and ASL 201).

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

For those AHS disciplines, emphases, or degrees administered within the department that have external credentialing examinations, 70% of graduates will pass their boards or certification exams on their first attempt.

Baseline

No AHS discipline, emphasis, or degree administered within the department currently have graduates for external credentialing examinations.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
External credentialing examinations are only applicable to Health Information Managements students; however, these students are not yet able to attempt applicable certification exams until the program is accredited (anticipated March 2017).

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

Objective 4.C.1

The AHS department recognize faculty and staff in their leadership roles within the community and/or professional organizations.

Baseline

AHS currently does not have a list of faculty in leadership roles, but will compile one.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science faculty served as leaders on 17 local, state, national. or world community roles.

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