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Strategic Plan for School of Computing & Information Systems

Context For Planning

This Strategic Plan represents the direction and focus of the School of CIS, as an extension of the Padnos College as necessary to accomplish the outcomes and strategic priorities of the School and College.

Mission

The mission of the School of Computing and Information Systems is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students in multiple computing disciplines, to become accomplished computing professionals, to contribute to the computing profession through active scholarship in all of its forms; and to support the university and society with expertise, leadership, and service.

Vision

The mission of the School of Computing & Information Systems is to provide the GVSU student community with the intellectual foundations and experiences necessary to use information technology effectively in their chosen careers. 


To enable students to attain this goal, the CIS faculty have two primary responsibilities. First, we will offer a solid conceptual foundation required for a career in information technology. Second, we will provide direct, experiential knowledge of the technology necessary to be a productive user/producer of information technology. 

To achieve these goals we:
 - Work continuously to keep our curriculum relevant to our mission.
 - Ensure that work-relevant experience is part of every class.
 - Establish and nurture industrial contacts.
 - Establish an integrated, supported co-op experience for CIS majors.
 - Provide all students, regardless of their major interests, fundamental knowledge of computers and information processing.

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

60% of all CIS sections have an overall median student rating of 4.0 out of 5.0 using LIFT. The initial goal was set at 90% but was deemed too optimistic.

Baseline

2016: data has been requested

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
LIFT scores were recorded for 2017 and 2018.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
This is a new objective and data has not yet been collected

Objective 1.A.2

At least 80% of CIS 162 students earn a C or better

Baseline

2016: 75%

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
CIS 162 success rate was 72% in 2018.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
Success rate in CIS 162 for 2017: 71%

Objective 1.A.3

Staff all sections with full-time faculty

Baseline

2016: 6 of 210 sections (3%) were taught by part-time instructors

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
98% of sections were taught by full-time faculty.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
2017: 6 of 222 sections (3%) were taught by part-time instructors. This is consistent with 2016.

Objective 1.A.4

At least 80% of CIS 163 students earn a C or better

Baseline

2016: 71% of students earned a C or better

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
2018: 71% dropped from previous years

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
2017: 79% of students earned a C or better

Objective 1.A.5

At least 80% of CIS 260 students will earn a C or higher.

Baseline

not available

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
2018: 86% of students earned a C or higher

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Attract and retain a more diverse student body (e.g. women and other underrepresented groups)

Baseline

2016: 81 of 726 CS and IS majors (11%) identify with an underrepresented group including women

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The percentage of underrepresented majors increased from 2017 to 2018

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
2017: 97 of 729 CS and IS majors (13%) identify with an underrepresented group including women. This is an increase from 11% in 2016.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Increase by 10% the number of students who participate in SCIS student organizations (e.g. GVSU Computing Club, CIS Ethics Club, Women in Computing and others)

Baseline

Fall 2016: SCIS sponsors several student organizations: GVSU Computing Club, Women in Computing, CIS Ethics Club, GVSU HAT (Hackers Analyzing Threats)

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Student participation in computing clubs remains stable

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
Informal counts suggest about 10 students participate in the Ethics Club, 23 students are active with HAT, and about 60 students are members of the GVSU Computing Club. Numbers were not available for Women in Computing.

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

Objective 1.E.1

Class size for all courses will be limited to 35.

Baseline

2016: 39 of 210 sections had more than 35 students (19%)

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
92% of sections had fewer than 36 students

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
2017: 37 of 222 sections had more than 35 students (17%)

Objective 1.E.2

70% of undergraduates complete a CIS degree within four years of being admitted to the major

Baseline

2017: Data not yet available

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The 4-year graduate rate increased compared to last year

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Computing students had a 4-year 75% graduation rate

Objective 1.E.3

All sections are taught in first-round SCIS controlled rooms

Baseline

2016: 30 of 233 SCIS sections (13%) were taught in rooms other than first-round SCIS controlled rooms. (Winter 8.5% and Fall 16.5%)

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
98% of sections delivered in SCIS first-round classrooms on the Allendale campus

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
2017: 33 of 244 SCIS sections (13.5%) were taught in rooms other than first-round SCIS controlled rooms.

Objective 1.E.4

Increase by 10% the number of CIS majors and minors

Baseline

Fall 2016: 962 students registered in SCIS degrees. Separated by majors (237 information systems, 489 computer science) and minors (21 CE, 46 CS, 3 CS ed, 102 HIS, 28 ISS, 27 IS and 18 IT)

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
School of CIS students increased from 993 to 1115 (12%)

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Total minors and majors increased from 2016 to 2017. Overall, 962 students to 993 students (3.5%)

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Increase the number of faculty who identify as belonging to an underrepresented group (including women)

Baseline

2016: 6 women. 1 hispanic male

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
No new hires of underrepresented faculty were made

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
We hired two asian faculty but will continue to recruit women and other underrepresented members.

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

Objective 2.D.2

At least 70% of tenure-track faculty members have peer-reviewed publications, presentations or external grants each year

Baseline

2016: 25 of 28 tenure-track faculty had peer-reviewed scholarly activity (89%)

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
25 of 28 (89%) tenure-track faculty published a conference paper, journal paper or conference presentation.

Objective 2.D.3

At least 50% of faculty members participate in professional development each year

Baseline

2016: 18 of 16 faculty members participated in professional development (50%)

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
21 of 36 (58%) faculty reported professional development activities

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

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 3.A.1

Fund a new building for SCIS on the Allendale campus

Baseline

2017: GVSU Board of Trustees identifies a new building for computing as Allendale's highest priority

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
GVSU administration continues to show support for the School of CIS programs

Objective 3.A.2

Expand downtown facilities to meet the growing demands for SCIS graduate programs

Baseline

2016: Classrooms and faculty office for the SCIS graduate program are limited on the downtown campus

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
School of CIS was allocated space in the new Health Science building to support our graduate program

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Discussions continue

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

Objective 3.D.1

Increase the number of sections delivered as hybrid or online

Baseline

2016: 3 sections

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The number of online / hybrid sections increased

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
2017: 9 online / hybrid sections are scheduled for 2018 - 19

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

Maintain ABET accreditation for all undergraduate degrees

Baseline

ABET accreditation was first received in 2008 and renewed in 2014.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The School is on track for the next ABET site visit in Fall 2020

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The School maintains a consistent assessment process and regularly monitors changes to accreditation requirements to remain current

Objective 4.A.2

100% of internship supervisors agree students are academically prepared for the internship (75% strongly agree)

Baseline

2016: 96% internship supervisors agree that their GVSU interns are "academically prepared for the internship". 55% strongly agree.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
99% of internship supervisors agree our students are "academically prepared" for their internship.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
2017: 100% of supervisors agree their interns are "academically prepared for the internship." 62% strongly agree.

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

Objective 4.C.1

Establish an Applied Computing Institute to serve greater West Michigan

Baseline

2017: An outline has been proposed

Progress

2018 Status
Achieved
The Applied Computing Institute (ACI) was successfully launched in 2018.

Objective 4.C.2

Increase the number of external relationships including employers for internships and organizations as capstone clients

Baseline

2016: 96 companies employed SCIS interns. 20 external organizations served as clients for CIS 463 and 467 capstone experiences.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Our number of external relationships continues to rise

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
2017: 85 companies employed SCIS interns. 22 external organizations served as clients for CIS 463 and 467 capstone experiences.

Objective 4.C.3

Increase the number of meetings sponsored by SCIS or participated by faculty and students (e.g. conferences and student competitions)

Baseline

2016: SCIS hosted several meetings (e.g. a ACM Student Programming Competition, west Michigan IT community leaders (ITMA, iTEC, aTEC, etc.). SCIS also sponsored west Michigan computing events such as Great Lakes Software Excellence conference.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The School of CIS has increased its presence and leadership in the west Michigan computing community.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
SCIS has a strong presence in the region and continues to sponsor / host a variety of events

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

Objective 4.D.1

Create a Data Science graduate degree to meet local demand

Baseline

2015: Planning begins

Progress

2018 Status
Achieved
The Masters of Data Science and Analytics offered in 2017 and continues to grow in 2018

2017 Status
Achieved
Data Science and Analytics masters program was approved and offered beginning Fall 2017

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