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Strategic Plan for School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration

Mission

The School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration educates students for lives of active citizenship as contributing members of their local, regional, national, and global communities, and professional careers in government, nonprofit and health care organizations.

Vision

SPNHA aspires to be a pre-eminent source for community and public service education by providing an innovative, professional curriculum with dedicated and inspired teaching, scholarship, and service to the community. SPNHA is committed to developing in our students the capacities for ethical judgment, critical thinking, and the skills and leadership necessary to fulfill multiple roles as effective managers and public servants.

Value Statement

We value: Liberal education Academic excellence in learning, teaching and research A culture of collegiality and collaboration Diversity, civic discourse, and democratic communities Community Engagement International perspectives and experiences Management skills Ethical commitment Study of public, nonprofit and private sector collaboration. Diversity of ideas Innovation Informed decision making Social justice

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

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Status compete

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Intentionally broaden student world-views and perspectives through diversity and inclusion learning activities and prepare student to handle complicated workplace situations. All students will take at least two course that specifically address diversity and inclusion.

Baseline

Not Monitored

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of planning cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

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

Objective 1.C.1

Foster and improve the value of community based learning and develop a common definition of what the term means in SPNHA undergraduate context and engage in mutually beneficial partnerships.

Baseline

At this time, SPNHA has no established baseline for community-based learning activities. We have, however, had several faculty members who have formed successful partnerships throughout the years. Therefore, we will use the strategic planning process to capitalize on creating a catalog of these activities so that we can increase these activities in the future. We estimate at least 25% of courses involve some community based learning.

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of reporting cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

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

Objective 1.D.1

Advance international perspectives for SPNHA students

Baseline

# of students who engage in global learning, SPNHA has had a global presence for many years.

Progress

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
We have met our goal with more than 25% of SPNHA courses that involvement international content. These include PA 372 and PA 670 and PA 554 Giving From an International Perspective that are wholly designed around internationalism. In addition, PA 630 studies comparative international health systems, PA 631 has a policy assignment with international components, PA 633 reviews international health economics finance, PA 449 studies international health care services, immigration and international trade, PA 616 covers multiple international perspectives on public policy, PA 645 studies global issues in aging, PA 310 covers comparative health policy, PA 307 studies comparative local governance in UK, Australia and Canada, PA 270 has a topic on comparative disaster relief, PA 660 covers comparative philanthropy, PA 641 studies international trade, globalism, PA 620 studies comparative urbanization, planning case studies in Russia, UK, Australia, international mayoral leadership. We have seen an uptick in international applications. We are working on creating separate admissions letters for international students and updated the SPNHA web to include updated information for international students. Richard Jelier received a Padnos International Center Partnership Maintenance Grant and met with university leaders at Macquarie University for a week in April to enhance the University to University Partnership that he created in 2005. Lara Jaskiewicz received the prestigious Fulbright Award to teach and study in Lithuania.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

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

Objective 2.A.1

70 % of part-time faculty will have participated in one university or departmental training, event, workshop or seminar every three years.

Baseline

Limited formal support except that provided by university. Some mentoring.

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of reporting cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Make diversity and inclusion a key component of faculty life.

Baseline

Not monitored except as gathered in FARs

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of reporting cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

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

Objective 2.C.1

Improve faculty engagement in community engagement initiatives. Ensure that faculty is engaged in some scholarship or service that involves community.

Baseline

Currently, this information is included in FARs, thus while our baseline % is unknown at this time, it is possible to discover. Once we establish a baseline we will sequentially increase the number of faculty who participate in university-sponsored community engagement activities each year until we attain the 70% benchmark set by the university.

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of reporting cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

Increase effort to intentionally recruit from and network with diverse external community and diverse professional organizations with deliberate outreach to chronically under-represented groups.

Baseline

Episodic efforts at recruiting

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of reporting cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

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 currency in our SPNHA web site. Produce at least two electronic newsletters each year and 100% of printed materials will reflect the department's achievements in accreditation.

Baseline

Very few of our current materials promote accreditation.

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of reporting cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

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

Objective 4.E.1

Partner and develop relationships with SPNHA alumni through the Alumni association through successful alumni engagement.

Baseline

SPNHA Alumni Association established 2013

Progress

2021 Status
Achieved
Complete - end of reporting cycle

2020 Status
Achieved
Competed - end of reporting cycle

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