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Strategic Plan for Chemistry

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

Increase efficiency/consistency of instruction in the 100/200 level multi-section courses for chemistry majors, biochemistry majors, and service courses through vertical and horizontal alignment of curricula.

Baseline

To be determined in year 1.

Objective 1.A.2

Increase the number of chemistry/biochemistry majors involved in undergraduate research by 5%. Increase student awareness of research earlier in the academic career.

Baseline

To be determined in year one.

Objective 1.A.3

Assess the departmental impact of the new biochemistry major.

Baseline

Currently, there are 82 biochemistry majors in the chemistry department; of this number, 10 are freshmen who have declared biochemistry as a major. In 2014-15 academic year, enrollment numbers in 461/462/463 were 344 in 8 sections of 461, 46 in 4 sections of 462, and 26 in 1 section of 463.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase retention of students majoring in chemistry/biochemistry by 5% while maintaining the diversity of the incoming class.

Baseline

Establish a baseline of biochemistry/chemistry major retention. Determine retention of individuals in underrepresented groups. As of fall 2016, Chemistry and Biochemistry majors included 7 Asian/Pacific Islander, 11 African American/Black, 13 Hispanic/Latino, and 4 multi-ethnicity students out of a total of 178, for 19.7% non-white students, compared to 17.9% for GVSU as a whole.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Increase the quality and quantity of the advising and mentoring for our students, especially those in underrepresented populations, those in academic risk categories, and the transfer student population.

Baseline

Establish baseline based on departmental advising assessment plan.

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

Create a Chemistry Department Long-Term Hiring plan to achieve a sustainable number of permanent faculty. To ensure that the department meets the American Chemical Society guidelines, which state that “courses leading to student certification in an ACS program should be taught by permanent faculty”, 90% of the lecture instructors in these courses will be staffed with permanent (tenure track and affiliate) faculty. Additionally, 75% of all 100/200 level courses will be staffed by permanent faculty.

Baseline

Currently do not have a long-term hiring plan

Objective 2.A.2

Provide better mentoring experience for visiting faculty and integrate affiliate faculty into departmental culture. Establish a Lighter Initial Load (25% less for first semester) for new visiting/affiliate faculty.

Baseline

Current mentoring practices of existing mentors for visiting/new affiliate faculty; course evaluation scores for visiting/affiliate/adjunct faculty

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Develop an inclusion plan for faculty hiring/searches.

Baseline

We follow best practices of inclusion and equity for the hiring process, but currently, no formal inclusion plan is in place.

Objective 2.B.2

Incorporate inclusion and diversity training in the professional development of chemistry department faculty and staff.

Baseline

Determine current level of professional development.

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

Objective 2.E.1

Determine if Chemistry faculty wages (mainly affiliates, part-time, and visitors) are in parity with other departments at GVSU and at other peer institutions.

Baseline

To be established in Year 1 of the strategic plan.

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

Ensure the CSC is over capacity less than 10% of the time. Ensure that the student:(faculty/tutor) ratio exceeds 3.5:1 less than 10% of the time.

Baseline

PAD 399 has a capacity for 32 people, including faculty/student tutors. The average percentage of time that the CSC was over capacity in 2016-2017 is 3.3%; the CSC is at 90% or greater capacity 7.3% of the time. In 2016-2017, the student:(faculty/tutor) ratio in the CSC exceeds our target (3.5:1) 37.6% of the time.

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

Objective 3.E.1

Prepare a plan to allocate research space and resources to expand our undergraduate research program.

Baseline

To be established in year one.

Objective 3.E.2

Increase departmental support for NMR facilities.

Baseline

Tenure-track CHM faculty currently maintain our NMR facilities.

Objective 3.E.3

Promote and maintain a safe laboratory environment for faculty, staff, and students.

Baseline

To be determined in year one.

Objective 3.E.4

All research active ChemEd faculty will have dedicated research space that is of similar size and quality to the research space of other research active faculty using non-traditional spaces.

Baseline

ChemEd faculty currently share two research spaces totaling 220 square feet. However, this space is not evenly distributed amongst these faculty.

Objective 3.E.5

Establish a disbursement mechanism for the usage and prioritization of the newly established instrument service funds.

Baseline

We do not have policies in place to use the Chemistry Instruments and Infrastructure Fund or the Chemistry Support Fund.

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

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