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Strategic Plan for Visual & Media Arts

Context For Planning

Art and Design aligned their Strategic Plan with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Grand Valley State University's Strategic Plans.  All regular department faculty participated in the process.

Mission

The Department of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University seeks to uphold the values of a liberal education while providing an intensive engagement with the creation and examination of the visual arts.

Vision

The Department of Art and Design will continue to offer excellent undergraduate programs in studio art, art education, and art history that include traditional and contemporary practices enriched by a strong foundation in liberal education.

Value Statement

As a community of educators, artists, and scholars we value: 

  1. the attributes of open-ended inquiry, reflection, critical analysis, dialogue, and expression grounded in a liberal arts education. 
  2. the examination of the world through diverse cultural discourses which informs our pedagogy and scholarship. 
  3. the importance of engaged, creative instruction for all learners in our courses. 
  4. a commitment to faculty scholarship which informs pedagogy and supports the professional preparation of our majors. 
  5. diverse forms of collaboration with university, local, and regional communities.

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

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

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

Objective 1.C.1

Increase by 2% the number of students enrolling in courses with community based learning experiences offered by Art and Design.

Baseline

2016: establish baseline percentage for courses offered in Art and Design that provide community based learning experiences, GVSU definition. 2017-21: track increases to the number of students enrolled in courses with community based learning.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
A metric to track and establish a baseline percentage of the number of students enrolling in courses with community based learning experiences offered by Art and Design will be created by early February 2017.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Increase by 5% the number of students taking courses identified as level 3 or above in the Global Learning Survey.

Baseline

23 courses offered in Art and Design have been identified using the Global Learning Survey at level 3 or above.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
A metric to track and establish a baseline percentage of the number of students enrolling in Art and Design courses identified as level 3 or above in the Global Learning Survey will be created by early February 2017.

Objective 1.D.2

Increase the number of opportunities for student learning that incorporate innovative approaches and/or new technologies in courses offered by Art and Design.

Baseline

2016: develop metric to establish baseline for learning opportunities. 2017-21: track increases

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
A metric to track and establish a baseline percentage of the number of students enrolling in Art and Design courses which incorporate innovative approaches and/or new technologies will be created by early February 2017.

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

Increase current number of faculty receiving high impact learning training to 22% (22 faculty, 5 receive training).

Baseline

17% of department faculty in the 2015/2016 academic year received high impact student learning training (22 faculty, 3 received training)

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Data for tracking progress on this objective began to be collected in Fall 2016. Collection will continue in Winter 2017 to comprise two AY semesters, consistent with how other objectives are be being tracked. Data for Fall 2016 reveals that 7 department faculty received some type of high impact learning training during this semester.

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

Increase current number of faculty and staff who are inclusion advocates to 3.

Baseline

Of 27 faculty and staff, 2 are certified inclusion advocates.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The department currently has two trained Inclusion Advocates. One other faculty member has completed this year the first half of training to be an Inclusion Advocate. They intend to complete the second half of training during Winter 2017.

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

Identify, assess, and promote faculty and staff connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Baseline

2016: identify and assess current involvement and determine participation goals for department. 2017-21: increase visibility of partnerships with identified partners.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Faculty establishing relationships with Seoul Korea, Bielsko-Biala Poland, Kingston University London, and others are being established

Objective 4.C.2

Secure a dedicated downtown arts facility to promote visual arts programs and related community initiatives at GVSU.

Baseline

2016-2017: Initiate conversations with university administration and colleagues in Photography and Film and Video.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Visions for a downtown space from Art and Design faculty were shared with selected faculty from Photography and Film and Video at the end of Winter Semester 2016. Those faculty indicated their support and willingness to have future meetings to discuss their needs for a space with the goal of presenting visions for a shared downtown space to the CLAS Dean. We have recently learned that Photography and Film and Video will merge with Art and Design in Fall 2017 creating a new department. We anticipate having further conversations on this topic as we all get to know each other during Winter 2017.

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