Skip to main content

Strategic Plan for Center for Adult & Continuing Studies

Mission

The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies develops and supports programs and services that link the needs of lifelong learners with the resources of the university.

Vision

The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies is dedicated to serving adult and non-traditional learners, being a leader in providing new opportunities for access to learning and innovative educational opportunities. We are known for our contributionis to, and being a resource for, the communities we serve and the University.

Value Statement

In addition to demonstrating the University's values of Excellence, Integrity, Inquiry, Inclusiveness, Community, Sustainability and Innovation, the following are central to our work: Including Underrepresented Learners - We value education for all. We are conscientious in our efforts to include differing perspectives and individuals in dialogue. Difference in social, economic, and academic backgrounds enrich our own views and broaden our opportunity to meet the programming needs of our constituents. We encourage participation from those who are often absent from discussions. Collaborating - We value collaborations and partnerships with our external and internal communities; specifically academic units, businesses, community organizations, and individuals. We are dedicated to honest and open dialogue, the development of solid relationships, and meaningful educational programming efforts and projects. We seek to connect the larger community with the academic environment to engage in the creation of a shared and mutual understanding through various programming efforts. Meeting specific needs - We are committed and conscientious in our efforts to define and meet the educational needs and expectations of our constituents through dialogue, research, assessment, and evaluation. Fiscal Responsibility - We understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and understand our role in contributing to the financial health of the university. We are conscientious in our efforts to provide quality programming in a manner that is fiscally effective and efficient.

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

Develop practices that align coursework and careers for transfer, professional development, adult, and early college students.

Baseline

As of Feb 2017 CACS has 8 relationships that directly lead to credit and noncredit enrollments. 3 community colleges, 3 state agencies, 1 non-profit collaboration, and 1 service provider

Objective 1.A.2

Facilitate high impact learning experiences in credit and non-credit programs that are supported by ACS

Baseline

CACS will focus on the following high impact practices: Service Learning/Community-based learning, Diversity/Global Learning, and Undergraduate Research. Within these areas CACS had a baseline of 16 participants in 2016.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Provide or support programs and services for underrepresented populations that lead to undergraduate matriculation.

Baseline

We currently have no information regarding CACS support program participants matriculation into undergraduate program at GV.

Objective 1.B.2

Advocate and support adult and non-traditional learners at the institution

Baseline

CACS will use the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning’s 8 principles of effectiveness for serving adult students as our approach to best practices.

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

Objective 1.C.1

Support the university in reaching its enrollment goals

Baseline

AY 2016 -2017 prospective student numbers will serve as the baseline

Objective 1.C.2

Ensure viable academic programs at our regional locations

Baseline

No launch / review in place

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

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

Objective 2.D.1

Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff in areas that support our programs and target audiences

Baseline

In 2016, 19 staff participated in professional development programming that supported our programs and target audiences.

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

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

Objective 3.C.2

Increase awareness of ACS as a centralized resource for adult learners

Baseline

A baseline will be established by December 2017.

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

Objective 3.E.1

ACS involvement in supporting university – community collaborations will be guided by three established areas of focus (E3)

Baseline

1. Regional Labor Shortages (1) 2. Regional Educational Attainment Gaps (2) 3. Regional Land Use Initiatives, Environment and Sustainability (2)

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

Develop at least four corporate and organization partnerships that lead to credit or non-credit generating enrollment by 2021

Baseline

Existing corporate and organizational partnerships will be reviewed by Feb. 15, 2017 and a baseline will be established.

Objective 4.C.2

Showcase our student, faculty, staff, and alumni contributions and accomplishments

Baseline

An inventory of current processes will be established by July 2017

Objective 4.C.3

Represent the university in local and regional initiatives in order to serve as a conduit to establish mutually beneficial relationships.

Baseline

An activity and involvement report will be submitted to the executive director annually beginning in Dec. 2017

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

Objective 4.D.1

Expand the use of alternative delivery formats for degree completion and professional development programming.

Baseline

A definition of alternative formats and the baseline number of enrollments in those formats will be cataloged by February 15st, 2017

Back to list