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Strategic Plan for Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Resources and learning opportunities are provided to support faculty in their efforts to increase retention and completion rates for diverse and first-generation student populations.

Baseline

Current participation of faculty in grant opportunities, workshops and faculty learning communities related to student success, retention, and the needs of diverse and first-generation student populations.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Opportunities in 2017 related to Objective 1.B.1 have included the Strong Start Initiative focused on engaging students in first-year undergraduate courses and the Shared Professional Development Series, a regular offering building capacity around various aspects of student success.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Faculty expertise in innovative teaching and learning practices is widely disseminated both on and off campus.

Baseline

GVSU survey to be conducted to determine baseline.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The Pew FTLC has promoted the scholarship of teaching and learning in a variety of ways and recognized faculty expertise and leadership around teaching and learning via the positions of Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow and Pew FTLC Faculty Associate.

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

Pew FTLC programming supports evidence-based teaching and learning efforts related to high impact practices.

Baseline

2016 Baseline Faculty Survey. Additional baseline to be established in 2017.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Faculty from across the university are engaged in strengthening their high impact practice approaches, as evidenced by participation in FLCs, Teaching Innovation grant projects, and travel to conferences related to teaching and learning. The Pew FTLC staff has increased our dissemination of opportunities and recent scholarship in these areas.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Pew FTLC programming supports evidence-based teaching and learning efforts related to diversity and inclusion.

Baseline

Current data on faculty participation in and satisfaction with resources and learning opportunities related to student success efforts as well as collaborative programs currently offered related to diversity and inclusion.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Through our Inclusive Excellence Initiative, faculty have participated in programs such as the Inclusive Excellence Teaching Institute, Intercultural Development Inventory consultations, and workshops around challenging conversations as well as inclusive teaching practices

Objective 2.B.2

Pew FTLC programming supports faculty in all career stages -- early career, mid-career, and late career -- as well as at all ranks -- part-time, visiting, affiliate, and tenure track.

Baseline

Current data on faculty participation for each category of faculty.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The Pew FTLC offers support and targeted programming to faculty at all career stages and ranks. Highlights of new 2017 offerings include a fully online orientation for new part-time faculty, robust programming available to all new faculty, a retreat for full professors, and ongoing support for affiliate faculty.

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

Objective 2.D.1

Pew FTLC programming supports evidence-based teaching and learning efforts related to the use of innovative pedagogies, including community-based and global learning.

Baseline

Current data on faculty participation in and satisfaction with resources and learning opportunities related to innovative pedagogies, community-based learning and global learning.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Innovative pedagogies and evidence-based practices related to community-based learning were promoted by the Pew FTLC through Teaching Innovation Grants, Conference Travel Grants, Faculty Learning Communities, and multiple workshop series. Many of these learning opportunities were developed through collaborative partnerships with offices, departments, and faculty across campus.

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

Objective 2.E.1

Professional development opportunities are provided for all Pew FTLC staff and partner faculty (including Faculty Fellows and Faculty Associates).

Baseline

Current data on staff and faculty participation in professional development programs.

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Pew FTLC staff, Faculty Fellows, and Faculty Associates are supported in their own professional development through travel to conferences, on-campus learning sessions, and online training modules.

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

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

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