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Strategic Plan for Regional Math & Science Center

Context For Planning

The Regional Math and Science Center (RMSC), located at C-1-120 Mackinac Hall on Grand Valley State Universitys Allendale Campus, serves students, teachers, parents, school districts, business and industry, and other organizations interested and involved in STEM education.  In our technology-rich world, success in school, career, and life depends on our ability to apply the principles of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology  to real-world situations.  The Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University addresses these matters by providing a mosaic of mathematics and science services to our community.

Grand Valley has been serving the needs of area K-12 schools for several decades and, in 1994, established the RMSC. As part of the statewide Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network, RMSC collaborates with the K-12 and higher education communities, informal science, governmental organizations, and business and industry to coordinate science and mathematics outreach activities in the West Michigan area. Some of our signature programs include Michigan Science Olympiad, Super Science Saturday, teacher professional learning opportunities, summer camps such as sHaPe, and the InterChange newsletter.

Our strategic plan for 2016-2021 is focused on providing a strong connection between GVSU and the K-12 community that is served by the Center.  Within the University setting, the RMSC serves as a conduit for faculty and undergraduate student service connected to K-12 students and teachers and is the academic home of the Integrated Science Program.  These services are often provided in conjunction with other units in the College of Liberal Arts and Science as well as in collaboration with other GVSU Colleges and offices (such as the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, Allied Health Professions, and Office of Sustainability.)  


Mission

To provide, promote, and coordinate leadership, programs, and services to inspire and nurture excellence for all in the teaching, learning, and application of science and mathematics including technology and engineering.

Vision

MATH AND SCIENCE: EXCITEMENT IN LEARNING FOR SUCCESS IN LIVING " Excitement: the key to engaging and inspiring all generations toward - " Learning: the means to acquiring the content and process knowledge of science, mathematics, technology and engineering are required for - " Success in Living: as an informed and productive citizenry.

Value Statement

We believe: 1. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy and power are for everyone. 2. The ability to understand and apply STEM disciplines is essential for informed decision making in personal, professional, community, national and international settings. 3. STEM disciplines are connected with each other and interconnected with other fields of study. 4. STEM disciplines are inherently interesting and, with appropriate pedagogy, students will respond with enthusiasm. 5. Cooperation and communication among institutions and agencies are essential for continuous improvement of learning. 6. K-12 education, higher education, business/industry, and community organizations are essential partners in improving STEM education. 7. Parents, guardians, and other caregivers are also integral partners in the education of children. 8. Collaborative work can make a measurable difference in the quality of STEM education. 9. All students should be encouraged to develop their talents in STEM to their fullest potential. 10. Excellence in STEM achievement should be recognized and rewarded for both students and teachers. 11. High quality teachers, effective leaders, and a safe, supportive environment are essential for the successful teaching and learning of STEM disciplines. 12. Learning is a life-long process.

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 the number of hours per teacher that in service teachers participate in professional development opportunities that broaden their experience and/or increase their awareness of new initiatives, national mathematics, science, engineering, and technology programs, current research in teaching and learning, and best teaching practices.

Baseline

Current number of teachers and hours per teacher engaged in professional learning through RMSC programs.

Objective 1.A.2

Increase the number of GVSU undergraduate students participate in high-impact mathematics, science, engineering, and technology activities provided by the Center.

Baseline

Current number of GVSU undergraduate students engaged in high-impact STEM activities through RMSC programs.

Objective 1.A.3

Increase the number of K-12 students participating in extended learning opportunities beyond the classroom that illustrate application of STEM content in the real world.

Baseline

Current number of students enrolled in RMSC programming.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase the number of diverse students participating in student programming to reflect the 18% diversity in West Michigan.

Baseline

Current percent of diverse students participating in student programming - data from SAMPI study

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

Objective 1.C.1

Increase the number of collaborative partnerships to support programming for the Center.

Baseline

Current number of collaborative partnerships that provide programming.

Objective 1.C.2

Increase the number of views for the RMSC Newsletter, The Interchange.

Baseline

Current number of views provided through SiteImprove.

Objective 1.C.3

Increase the number of undergraduate students engaging in the community through the use of the Discovering STEM Kits.

Baseline

Current number of students utilizing kits in the community.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Continue to provide professional learning, student programming, and resources that include innovative and research based teaching and learning practices.

Baseline

Current number of professional learning, student programming or resources that include innovative and research based teaching and learning practices.

Objective 1.D.2

Integrate new technologies that engage learners into programs and resources.

Baseline

Current number of programs or resources that integrate new technologies.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

In ePDP process, all RMSC employees will earn a rating of 'usually performs above expectations' or higher on GVSU competency for Intercultural Understanding and Awareness.

Baseline

Current level of performance of staff on ePDP in this area.

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

Objective 2.E.1

At least 75% of AP & PSS staff participate in professional development to expand, enhance or extend their competencies within the context of the responsibilities of their positions.

Baseline

Current percent of PSS and AP participating in professional learning for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

RMSC systems and policies will be reviewed based on a set of criteria that measures inclusivity and accessibility and revised according.

Baseline

% of policies that are aligned to GVSU Inclusion & Equity standards.

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

Objective 3.C.1

The RMSC will provide a conduit for the involvement of GVSU faculty in pre-college STEM programs.

Baseline

Number of faculty utilizing RMSC programs for faculty service.

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

Objective 3.E.1

Seek additional funds to Regional Math and Science Centers programs through grants (Office of Sponsored Programs).

Baseline

Current level of funding through grants.

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

RMSC will host and/or participate in an increased number of community events that enhance the institutions reputation.

Baseline

Number of community events hosted and/or participated in by the RMSC in the 2015/16 year.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

The RMSC will build partnerships with diverse community groups.

Baseline

Number of partnerships with diverse community groups in 2015/16.

Objective 4.B.2

Develop RMSC student programming materials in languages for underrepresented groups.

Baseline

Number of materials available in multiple languages in the 2015/2016 year.

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

Objective 4.C.2

The RMSC will coordinate with ISDs to provide appropriate professional learning opportunities to area districts, schools, and teachers.

Baseline

Current number of collaborative ISD-based programming.

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