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Strategic Plan for Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Mission

Creating and sustaining a community of scholar-activists who: understand systems of gender and sexuality; generate and apply intersectional feminist and queer perspectives; challenge structural inequalities; and work for social justice.

Vision

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department will be a community of excellent faculty and students who share a vision of diverse gender justice, providing a theory-based and broadly engaged curriculum that focuses on transforming the campus and the larger community through rigorous scholarship as a foundation for teaching, learning, vocation, and civic life.

Value Statement

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

By graduation, 25% of all WGS majors, WGS minors, and LGBTQ minors will have engaged in WGS related research outside of the core curriculum in independent or collaborative scholarly and creative endeavors.

Baseline

To be collected.

Objective 1.A.2

30% of WGS majors students will participate in professional development opportunities.

Baseline

To be collected

Objective 1.A.3

Investigate the development of a WGS MA program.

Baseline

none.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Graduation rates for first generation WGS students will be equal to or greater than that of Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Baseline

To be collected.

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

Objective 1.C.1

WGS maintains communication with at least 85% of WGS alumni.

Baseline

To be collected.

Objective 1.C.2

50% of WGS faculty will engage in community engagement partnerships through service learning, study abroad, student internships, project based coursework, and faculty connections through research.

Baseline

Currently WGS has one targeted relationship with SHAWCO in South Africa as well as relationships with community partners arranged by the Women's Center for the Women's Community Collaborative.

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

Faculty teaching cross-listed courses will adopt at least one interdisciplinary WGS specific learning objective.

Baseline

To be collected

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

Objective 2.C.1

The WGS department will develop external relationships/connections with programs and faculty in field, especially at MA and PHD granting institutions.

Baseline

to be determined.

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 WGS core faculty will be trained for online/hybrid instruction.

Baseline

50% of WGS core faculty are currently certified for online/hybrid instruction.

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 WGS online/hybrid course delivery to three sections per year.

Baseline

Currently we offer zero courses in online/hybrid delivery.

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

Objective 3.E.1

Explore opportunities and existing resources to develop connection and curriculum related to gender and health.

Baseline

None.

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

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

Objective 4.C.1

WGS faculty will be recognized as leaders/experts in region and on campus.

Baseline

to be determined

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