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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. Winter 2016: (1:19-1:164), average 1:80; Winter 2017 (1:21-1:122), average 1:75; Fall 2017 (1:25-1:111), average 1:71.

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 the University Curricular Committee and will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees during Winter 2018.

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.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Athletic Training is in the final stages of transitioning to a Masters in Athletic Training. Exercise Science has explored options to offer a Masters degree. A survey was conducted with Exercise Science students and alumni. Results of the survey were shared with CLAS Dean and Associate Dean in November of 2016. No forward movement was recommended at this time. Discussions are on-going among faculty within all programs in Movement Science and representatives of the Graduate School.

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

Objective 1.C.1

Continue to offer and promote experiential learning and high impact opportunities for students in the Department of Movement Science

Baseline

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2013: student reported Learning Communities: AT - 38.5%, Ex Sci - 23.4%, PE - 21.4% Service Course: AT - 61.5%, Ex Sci - 60.9%, PE - 78.6% Research with Faculty: AT - 15.4%, Ex Sci - 18.8%, PE - 14.3% Internship: AT - 92.3%, Ex Sci - 70.3%, PE - 71.4% Study Abroad AT - 0%, Ex Sci - 14.1%, PE - 7.1% Two or More - AT - 76.9%, Ex Sci - 60.9%, PE - 53.6%

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Faculty will be meeting in May, 2017 to report baseline data from 2016 President's Honor Roll data.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The Department has not had a plan for active promotion of experiential learning and high impact practices in which our students and faculty have engaged. The Department website has been updated to recognize student and faculty accomplishments as well as highlight opportunities for students to become actively involved. Future goals in the department will be to incorporate this into a promotional plan.

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), 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.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
There have been no added space resources for instruction or scholarship.

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.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management has been approved effective Fall 2018; in additional all curricular revisions have been supported. The Athletic Training major is in the process of transitioning from a Bachelor of Science Degree to a Masters in Athletic Training and all curricular revisions have been supported through the University Curriculum Committee and now resides with the Board of Trustees. Exercise Science has submitted several curricular revisions which have been supported through the University curricular system and will take effect Fall 2018. All Physical Education (PED) 100 level courses have been approved with the FIT designation. All Syllabi of Record (SOR) have been updated.

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

Progress

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

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
The question asked is very broad for a Department of 1500 students. The Department is exploring ways to accurately develop a baseline on student involvement in these high-impact practices.

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
Substantive Progress
During 2016-2017, 42.3% of MOV SCH were taught by TT, 41.2% taught by AFF, and 16.5 % by VP and PT faculty. The %SCH taught by TT within MOV is significantly lower than other units in CLAS (e.g., PSY-87.5%, BIO-47.3%, BMS-55.1%, CHM 47%). The total TT is significantly lower than other CLAS units (e.g., PSY-42; BMS - 30, BIO -3, CHM -29). The current majors to TT ratio of 75.95: 1 is significantly greater than other CLAS units (e.g., BIO 19.21:1, BMS 38.93:1, PSY 27.52:1). The average teaching load per TT FTE of 10.4 is greater than the CLAS (7.3) and GVSU average (7.7).

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.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
We determined that the objective as written was too broad. The faculty have decided to systematically collect information on each of the areas mentioned: within the department, within the university, and outside of the university.

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.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The Department has established baseline numbers of faculty at all ranks, by number of years at each rank, for Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor.

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.

2017 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.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
Committee by-laws were not easily accessible and it was determined that they need to be collected, reviewed by faculty and posted on the Department BB site for future reference and use. Department will review and edit committee by-laws in 2018.

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.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The Department hired a Computer Science student in 2017 who has significantly improved the Movement Science Department website.

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.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In the 2016-2017 academic year 5 faculty were nominated for University awards and 2 were successful. Tonya Parker received the University Outstanding Service Award and Heather Peddie received the Internship Advocate Award. Five faculty were nominated for and received professional awards including Brian Hatzel who received the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association Outstanding Educator Award, Jennifer Olsen who received the Michigan Society for Health & Physical Education Health Educator of the Year Award, Jim Scott (Professor Emeritus) who received the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Service Award, Amy Gyorkos who was inducted into the Alumni Honor Academy at Western Michigan University, and Christopher Dondzila who received the Young Scholar Award through the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education.

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