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Strategic Plan for Padnos College of Engineering & Computing

Mission

The mission of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, computing and OSH to become accomplished professionals; to contribute to our professions through active scholarship in all of its forms; and to support the university and society with expertise, leadership, and service.

Vision

(1) Prepare students to compete in today's global economy by emphasizing experiential learning in a contemporary technical environment; (2) Prepare students for the future by emphasizing sound principles; (3) Emphasize a strong technical background enhanced by effective communication skills; (4) Provide working professionals with the opportunity for continuous professional development; (5) Imbue students with a strong sense of "the public good" and their own professional responsibility to the public good; and (6) Strive to be an example and an inspiration to develop competence, courage, and compassion with unquestioned integrity

Value Statement

Our values reflect our educational mission. We are an academic community in a nation, which the intrinsic value of each individual is taken as fundamental. Thus we strive to provide an environment in which each member of our academic community- student, staff member, and faculty- can reach their fullest potential.

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

Proportion of sections taught by continuing faculty will increase by 10% of margin available.

Baseline

2015-16 Data: OSH - 100% F15, 100% W16 CIS - 94.8% F15, 99.4%W16 SOE - 84.6% F15, 74.4% W16

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
The School of Engineering is seeking to hire additional continuing faculty members.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Approximately 10% to 15% of class sections are taught by non-continuing faculty. The Dean and the provost will continue to work together to hire more continuing faculty.

Objective 1.A.2

Minimum 95% of graduates employed or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

Baseline

PCEC 2013-14 Post-graduation Employment: Employed Only: 90.91% Employed + Grad School: 4.96% Grad School Only: 0.83% Placement Rate: 96.69%

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
The overall placement rate is 98.5% which exceeds the target of 95%.

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

Objective 1.C.1

All undergraduate programs are individually accredited by ABET.

Baseline

All PCEC programs have or are seeking accreditation; 7 accredited and 1 seeking

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The OSHM program is in the process of seeking ABET accreditation.

Objective 1.C.2

Increase the international co-op/internships and study abroad participation by 10%.

Baseline

2014-15 Academic Year: 6 Engineering Students; 17 CIS Students

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The number of programs has been increased by 2: at John Cabot in Rome and at ZHAW. Student participation continues to be stable, in the 15-20 student range.

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

Objective 1.D.1

All classes and labs are taught in first-round controlled appropriate rooms.

Baseline

2015-16 Data: OSH - 100% F15, 100% W16 CIS - 74.2%, 96.4% W16 SOE - 98.2% F15, 99.1% W16

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The acquisition of the property at 227 Winter will increase the number of classes and labs of the School of Engineering taught in first-round controlled rooms.

Objective 1.D.2

Increase the number of approved general education courses by 10%

Baseline

2014-15 Data: One Foundations course (CIS 160) and two Issues courses (CIS 358 AND EGR 306)

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
Over the last two years, the number of general education courses offered by PCEC has grown from 3 to 5.

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

Objective 1.E.1

Minimum increase in the College's scholarship funds of 25%.

Baseline

2014-15 Data: $280,100 potential funds available (includes renewals plus new disbursements)

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The PCEC scholarship program continues to be strongly supported by both internal and external constituents.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Improve retention and graduation rates of underrepresented populations by 10% of margin available.

Baseline

2014-15 Retention Rates within PCEC Major: Non URM - 66.7% URM - 63.7% 2009 6-Year FTIAC PCEC Cohort Graduation Rate: Non URM - 65.4% URM - 50.0%

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The target was to increase the retention rate by 3.0 to 3.5%. The retention rate has fallen slightly.

Objective 2.B.3

Increase the number of underrepresented population of faculty/staff. Minimalist goal- meet or exceed national averages; Stretch goal- minimum 10% progress in eliminating disparity in representation.

Baseline

2014-15 Data: Fall 2014: PCEC - 5.8% Other Colleges: 8.1% Fall 2015: PCEC - 5.5% Other Colleges: 8.2%

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
While percentages are small in PCEC and in other colleges, the difference has grown since the baseline year.

Objective 2.B.4

An additive improvement of 2% in percentage of underrepresented student population enrolled in PCEC programs.

Baseline

2014-15 Data: Fall 2014 - 11.0% Fall 2015 - 11.3%

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The increase to date is 1%, half-way to the goal.

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

Objective 2.D.1

Support professional and scholarly development through a 25% increase in funding for professional development activities.

Baseline

2014-15 Data: PCEC- $8,399.52 CIS - $28,882 SOE - $53,907.08 OSH - $5,500 PSM - $705 SS - $4,471.12

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
The increase to date since the baseline year is approximately 37%.

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

Objective 2.E.1

Increase the number of PCEC faculty members in leadership positions by 10%.

Baseline

2014-15 Data: 19 faculty members pursuing leadership positions

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
The number of faculty members in leadership positions has increased by about 20% since the baseline year.

Objective 2.E.2

All programs have sufficient on-going faculty to meet teaching and professional development needs.

Baseline

2014-15: Three previously postponed from 2013-14 were taken. Three new sabbaticals were approved, of which, two were taken and one was postponed.

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The rate of postponed sabbaticals currently is equivalent to that in the baseline year.

Objective 2.E.3

All programs have sufficient project, office, and academic support space.

Baseline

2015-16 Data: 97.3% of faculty/staff have private offices; multiple adjunct faculty share an office in CIS and in EGR; 27 project and academic support spaces (MAK, KEN, KEB, EC, EMC)

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
All continuing faculty and staff members have appropriate private offices. The number of offices and project spaces will notably increase in January 2019 when the newly acquired property at 227 Winter is put into use.

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

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

Increase financial support for college affiliated student organizations by 20%.

Baseline

2014-2015 Data: PCEC: $24,917.98 CIS - $1,280 SOE - $17,500 OSH - $200.00 PSM - $0

Progress

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Since the baseline year, dollar support for student activities has increased by about 2%.

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

Objective 4.C.1

Increase volunteer hours by external stakeholders by 20% (advisory boards, participating in STEPS, practice interviews, senior projects, FIRST, GWTP, etc.).

Baseline

2014-2015 Data: CIS - 3,400 hours SOE - 2000 hours OSH - 20 hours PSM - 15 hours SS - 655 hours

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
The number of volunteer hours has increased by 72% since the baseline year.

Objective 4.C.2

Increase the number of Industry Sponsored Graduate Fellows by 20%.

Baseline

11 IGA/F students participated during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The number of IGF has declined by about 50% since the baseline year.

Objective 4.C.3

Increase access to collateral activities which support student, faculty and community growth (ex. MASL, EMC, aMDI)

Baseline

2014-15 Data: MASL - $132,559 external funding; 23 students participated EMC - $30,000 external funding; 1 student participated Consulting via GVSU -

Progress

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Since the baseline year, the number of students participating has increased by 50% and the funding level has increased by more than 362%.

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