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Strategic Plan for Occupational Safety & Health

Context For Planning

We have reviewed the first three years of our unit and look forward to the future.

Mission

To prepare exceptional professionals who will impact the safety and health of today and tomorrow's workforce.

Vision

To create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, ethical behavior, and encourages life-long learning

Value Statement

" Professional and ethical behavior " Respect and appreciation of differences " Life-long learning " Social responsibility

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

All sections taught by continuing faculty without overload

Baseline

AY 15-16: 100%

Progress

2018 Status
Achieved
For the 17-18 Academic Year. 100% of courses are being taught by continuing faculty without overload

2017 Status
Achieved
For the 17-18 academic year, 100% of courses are being taught by continuing faculty without overload.

Objective 1.A.2

Mininum 95% of graduates employed in the field or enrolled in graduate school within 6 months of graduation

Baseline

AY 13-14: 89% (9 reporting of 22 surveyed; 8 employed)

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Awaiting Data From Career Services that will not be available until the end of February. An update will be initiated at that point.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
We continue to develop relationships with local employers, and reach out to regional and national employers, to make sure they are informed about our program and the credentials of our graduates.

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

Objective 1.C.1

Achieve ABET Accreditation for the OSHM B.S. Program by Fall 2019

Baseline

AY 15-16: No

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
At the end of August, the OSHM program received notification that ABET accreditation has been granted for the maximum six years.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
ABET site visit was completed in November 2018

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

Objective 1.D.1

All sections are taught in first-round PCEC controlled rooms on the 6th floor EC

Baseline

AY 15-16: 100%

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
The current class schedule and course offerings allow us to schedule all sections on the 6th floor EC

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

Objective 1.E.1

Achieve a fully endowed Scholarship Fund

Baseline

AY 15-16: Establish the first endowed Scholarship Fund

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
FTCH Occupational Safety and Health Management Pathway Scholarship was endowed in 2016 and was awarded for the 17-18 AY

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 the margin available

Baseline

Retention F14 to F15: (URM, non-URM) = (40%, 58%) with N (5, 57); Six-year graduation rate (75%, 84%) with N (32, 168)

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
OSH continues to attract students from underrepresented populations. The openness of OSH faculty, job availability in the filed, the availability of state and national organizational scholarships for minority students continue to make OSH an attractive option.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
We continue to attract students from underrepresented populations. Job availability in the field, the OSH faculty inclusiveness, availability of scholarships for minority students in OSH from state and national organizations, and the academics of the program, continue to make the OSH program an attractive option. There is continued progress with retaining underrepresented student populations and graduating them in six years.

Objective 2.B.2

Increase the percentage of of underrepresented students by 10% of the AY15-16 percentage

Baseline

W16: 12 of 67 = 18%

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
We continue to attract underrepresented populations to the major, but not enough to meet the goal yet. The percentage of OSH majors from underrepresented populations has increased slightly The program academic requirements, job availability, and caring of faculty of staff in the OSH department continue to attract underrepresented populations.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
We continue to attract Underrepresented populations to this major abet not int he numbers that would meet goal. (Our percentage of underrepresented populations remains the same. The program academic requirements, the job availability, and active caring of faculty and staff in the OSH department continue to attract underrepresented populations.

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

Objective 2.D.1

Increase professional development support funding by 25%

Baseline

AY 14-15: $5, 500

Progress

2017 Status
Achieved
The support for professional development continues with Prof Wu and McCormick Achieving their ASP certifications and Prof. Wu obtaining his Certified Safety Professional designation.

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Substantial increase in professional development funds were made available to assist with professional certifications in preparation of ABET accreditation

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

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 students completing the OSHM major and a related minor by 10%

Baseline

AY 14-15: 4 of 23 majors

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The numbers for students completing the major have increased slightly. We have added areas of recruiting including the OSH student group displaying and explaining OSH equipment at PCEC project day. Faculty also held an information session in the Kirkhof center and advertised it to undecided majors.

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
While the number of student completing the major has palteau for the last couple of years , the numbers of OSH majors has increased significantly from 2013. We continue to actively recruit majors to the program through various means.

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

Increase professional development, instructional, and service activities that impact external constituents by 10%

Baseline

"Class speakers: 19; Safe Brewing 5; Short course 11; Fit-testing 5; Internship contacts 62; Total: 102"

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
We have increased the total faculty and community volunteer hours to 156 from baseline.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
We continue to work with the community and local industry to provide opportunities to contribute to the education of OSH students.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

Increase support for student professional organizations by 20%

Baseline

Academic Year 14-15: $2,258.47

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
Student support again decreased slightly. Less student activities.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Student support decreased slightly partially due to students attending less activities.

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