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Strategic Plan for Movement Science

Context For Planning

The Department of Movement Science offers 3 majors: (Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Physical Education), 1 minor (School Health Education), and a certificate program (Coaching Certificate) Exercise Science is comprised of two emphasis areas (Clinical Exercise Science and Health Fitness Instruction) and Physical Education is comprised of two emphasis areas (Physical Education Teaching and Sport Leadership). The Department of Movement Science serves over 1600 major and minor students. Majors in our department account for 15% of the students enrolled in a CLAS undergraduate major. We are a multidisciplinary unit where faculty and students critically examine and apply scientific, clinical, educational, and cultural aspects of sport and movement to promote healthy living across the lifespan. Our 2016-2021 strategic plan includes goals and objectives positioning the department to be a center of excellence in the diverse study of sport and human movement.

Mission

The Department of Movement Science is a multidisciplinary unit where faculty and students critically examine and apply scientific, clinical, educational, and cultural aspects of sport and movement to promote healthy living across the lifespan.

Vision

The Movement Science Department aspires to be a center of excellence in the diverse study of sport and human movement. Faculty will adopt innovative teaching techniques, actively collaborate in scholarship, foster critical thinking and support experiential learning. With a dynamic, student-centered focus on success; faculty and students will excel as leaders in their profession.

Value Statement

The Department of Movement Science Values:

Innovative and diverse methods of teaching - We promote multiple forms of content delivery through varied and innovative teaching techniques.

Collaborative scholarly and creative activity - We recognize that scholarly creative work is a high impact activity for students, and value the interaction between faculty and students in pursuing this form of inquiry.

Physical literacy - We value the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for a lifetime.

Diversity and cultural competency - We value diversity and inclusiveness in teaching, scholarship and service.

Inclusive living-learning communities - We value the opportunity for students to live in a shared community that allows for greater faculty and peer interaction and increases  opportunities for coordinated activities and resources in a socially and academically supportive residential living environment.

Experiential learning - We promote experiential learning within our curricula. Students learn to apply knowledge by being immersed within the professional environment.

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

By 2021, decrease the average tenure track faculty to student advising ratio in the Department of Movement Science to less than 1:60.

Baseline

Winter 2016: (1:19-1:164)

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
From Winter 2016 to Fall 2016 average faculty to student ratios have decreased from 1:91.5 to 1:79.8. Student enrollment in the department has remained consistent.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
Minimal progress has been made. Currently at (1:21-1:122), average of 1:75.

Objective 1.A.2

By Fall 2018, offer a Masters Degree in Athletic Training in the Department of Movement Science.

Baseline

April, 2016: New Program Prospectus approved

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The Master's in Athletic Training program Proposal is progressing as planned and is currently being reviewed at the college level curriculum committee.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Proposed MAT has passed several levels of review and is in progress to the University Curricular Committee

Objective 1.A.3

By 2021, conduct a needs assessment to explore current interest in graduate programming in the Department of Movement Science (by program)

Baseline

Program specific Pilot Survey by December 2016.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
October 2016, current Exercise Science students and alumni were contacted regarding their interest in an Exercise Science graduate degree. Findings revealed that 68% were interested in a Masters degree in Exercise Science as their first choice.

Objective 1.A.5

Enhance student advising strategies in the Department of Movement Science that encourage student independence and ownership in course sequence planning

Baseline

TBD - establish outcomes data from Winter 2016 advising survey

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
A needs assessment was conducted through a survey to both students and faculty in the Winter 2016. The department is currently assessing the data.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The Department has had 2 separate advising workshops for faculty. 1) MyPath Training, 2) Difficult Questions Students Ask. Department website has also been updated in regards to advising information.

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

Objective 1.D.1

By 2021, increase teaching and research space (including laboratory), equipment, and supplies for instruction and scholarship

Baseline

Ex Sci: 2800 sq. ft. dedicated space for teaching, 0 sq. feet for research Sport Leadership: 0 dedicated space for teaching and research Athletic Training: 1000 sq. ft shared teaching space + FH 32. 0 dedicated research space. Physical Education: Rec Center Courts 4 & 5 - shared teaching space

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Created needs assessment including space needs for teaching and research. Department has been collaborating with the facility user needs assessment committee master planning a potential new building.

Objective 1.D.2

By 2021, revise curriculum in the Department of Movement Science to reflect current practice standards and innovations in the field (all programs)

Baseline

Dates of last curricular changes: PED: 2001, EX Sci: 2006, AT: 2004, SL: 2016

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
Fall 2016 all programs within the Department have submitted curricular changes to better align with professional standards.

Objective 1.D.3

Increase the number of students in the Department of Movement Science participating in scholarly, leadership, and professional activities (presenting at SSD, co-authorship on presentation & publications, attendance at conferences)

Baseline

TBD - establish baseline with Presidents Honor Roll and Programmatic Data by Winter 2017

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Faculty will be meeting in May, 2017 to report baseline data.

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

Objective 1.E.1

By 2021, increase the percentage of student credit hours being taught by TTF to 65%.

Baseline

Winter 2016: 16 TTF. Percent credit hours taught by faculty for 2015-2016 are: 38% TTF, 39% VP & AFF, 23% Adjunct & Part-time. Athletic Training: 3 TTF Exercise Science: 7 TTF Sport Leadership: 4 TTF (1.25 dedicated) Physical Education: 2 TTF

Progress

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
With a target of 65% of students being taught by tenure track faculty, we are making minimal progress. We are up 4 percent from 2015-2016 for total of 42.3% in 2016-2017.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

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

Objective 2.C.1

Increase faculty collaboration in the Department of Movement Science in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and initiatives.

Baseline

TBD - Establish baseline data of collaborations by rank by April 2017

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Faculty will meet in May, 2017 to establish baseline data.

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

Objective 2.D.1

Increase and retain number of qualified faculty in the Department of Movement Science who seek tenure and promotion at all ranks.

Baseline

TBD - By December 2016 determine current years of service by faculty at all ranks

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Faculty will meet in May, 2017 to establish baseline data.

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

Objective 2.E.1

Promote equitable load distribution across faculty in the Department of Movement Science (teaching & service)

Baseline

Establish baseline load (advising, teaching preps, service) by rank by April 2018.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Target Date for Initiation of this outcome is April 2018.

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

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

Objective 3.E.1

Re-establish Movement Science Departmental committee compositions, structures, and functions

Baseline

Current committee bylaws and structure

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
With the addition of a second Assistant Unit Head for Faculty Development we are beginning to review and revise committee structures and bylaws.

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

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

Objective 4.D.1

By 2021, improve marketing and visibility of programs and Department initiatives (college, university, community, profession)

Baseline

Website: CMS3, faculty profile status - determine dates last updated, outdated banners, establish GV media baselines

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
The Department has met with Institutional Marketing to discuss options for improving our brand.

Objective 4.D.2

By 2021, increase number of faculty nominated for awards

Baseline

TBD - by December 2016 establish baseline over past 5 years.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Five faculty members were nominated for 7 university and professional awards in the Fall of 2016.

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