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Strategic Plan for College of Education

Context For Planning

Philosophy: Student Potential, Ethical Implications Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

Mission

Teaching, Leading, and Learning in a Democratic Society.

Vision

We believe that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals.

Value Statement

We prepare candidates to: " Enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, " Establish policies and practices that promote democratic education, " Evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practice. We value these ideals in our candidates, our faculty, and our relationships with the larger communities we serve: " Expertise to guide our practice, " Equity to guide our interactions, " Liberal Education to guide our perspectives, " Social Responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education.

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 by 10% the mean score of initial teacher candidates use of research and evidence to develop an understanding of the teaching profession.

Baseline

EDF 485 Research Project Rubric data from Fall, 2015 indicate an overall mean of 2.34 out of 3.00 possible.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Data was collected in Winter, 2016 and combined with Fall, 2015 data.

Objective 1.A.2

Increase by 10% the mean score of advanced teacher candidates' use of research and evidence to measure P-12 students' progress.

Baseline

Common ED 685 rubric (to be finalized Fall, 2016).

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Averages from Fall, 2015 and Winter, 2016 data have been compiled.

Objective 1.A.3

Establish and implement a means for monitoring advanced teacher candidate dispositions.

Baseline

A Delphi study was conducted in 2015. It identified consensus dispositions to be monitored in teacher candidates. A comprehensive plan to measure and monitor initial and advanced teacher candidate dispositions is being developed by faculty in consultation with the newly appointed Director of Teacher Education within the COE.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
A rubric for monitoring advanced teacher candidates' dispositions has been developed as a result of conducting a Delphi study and a thorough literature review. See attachment.

Objective 1.A.4

Increase by 10% the mean score for advanced teacher candidates' use of research and evidence to reflect on their own professional practice.

Baseline

Common ED 685 rubric (to be finalized Fall, 2016).

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Data from Fall, 2015 and Winter, 2016 have been collected.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase the percentage of diverse students in COE to 16%.

Baseline

12.9% of COE students are from ethnically underrepresented groups (2015-16).

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
We will continue to monitor the diversity status of admitted students throughout 2017.

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

Objective 1.C.1

Establish an Executive Committee of the Dean's Professional Advisory Council (PAC) that will meet bi-annually.

Baseline

Currently the Executive Committee of the Dean's Professional Advisory Council does not exist.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Dean Kanpol has re-established the Professional Advisory Council (PAC) and held a meeting with this group in Oct. 2016. The focus of discussion was how the COE might respond to the needs of our partner school districts.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Develop and implement a plan to select, prepare, and evaluate high quality K-12 clinical educators (i.e., field coordinators and cooperating teachers).

Baseline

The current process for selecting K-12 clinical educators involves contacting local schools and requesting those with specific licensure areas, a minimum of three years teaching experience in the licensed area, and a willingness to accept a GVSU teacher candidate. The process does not include plans for preparing or evaluating selected K-12 clinical educators.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
An initial meeting with a subset of COE field coordinators, COE faculty, cooperating teachers, and principals will be held in 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 the number of COE faculty who participate in one of the following types of high-impact learning experiences: High-leverage teaching practices, Cognitive Coaching, Using Technology, Understanding Racism, Intercultural Competence, etc.

Baseline

45 faculty were surveyed. 41 reported engaging in a high-impact learning experience, and 4 reported no engagement during 2015-16.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Faculty completed a survey on high impact learning experiences in which they engaged in 2016.

Objective 2.A.2

Increase to 58% the number of credit hours taught by tenured and tenure track faculty.

Baseline

In 2015-16, 43% of credit hours offered within the COE were taught by tenured and tenure track faculty.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
43% of credit hours offered within the COE in 2015-16 were taught by tenured and tenure track faculty.

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

Objective 2.C.1

Increase by 10% activities that involve collaboration with other Michigan educator preparation programs (EPP).

Baseline

Six formal collaborations exist in 2016 (DARTEP, MACTE, MI Dean's Council, CEEDAR, Fire Up, GVSU-EMU, CMU, WMU doctoral programs).

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Seven (N=7) formal collaborations with other MI educator preparation programs are now in place.

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

Objective 2.D.1

All COE evaluation processes for effective teaching and scholarship will be consistent, fair, and aligned with university criteria.

Baseline

Current process for COE contract renewal, promotion, and/or tenure.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
In 2016-17, the COE underwent a reorganization of programs and departments. Issues associated with faculty governance continue to be refined but are not yet finalized.

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.1

Establish formal Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for clinical placements with target partnership P-12 schools.

Baseline

Zero (n=0) formal MOUs exist with current target partnership P-12 schools.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
A draft MOU involving three partnering school districts has been prepared.

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

100% of COE programs that have a SPA (specialized professional association) will gain national recognition status.

Baseline

Eighteen (N-18) SPA reports on COE preparation programs were submitted on March 15, 2016. Approval is pending.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Programs have been working to address the conditions noted in their SPA reviews.

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

Objective 4.C.1

Expand by 25% COE's presence in local, state, national, and international initiatives.

Baseline

To be determined using Digital Measures, which the COE began using in October, 2016.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
A baseline has been established for COE faculty presence in local, state, national, and international initiatives.

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