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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 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

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

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The Undergraduate Program completed its 18 month involvement with the Engaged Department Initiative. Details of the outcomes are attached in the document below.

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.

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

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
A second Part-Time Faculty institute was Held on February 10, with eight part-time faculty and six full time faculty participating with guests from FTLC and the event provided three hours of training plus plenty of time for Q and A and interaction between faculty and part-time faculty.

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
SPNHA held its first every Part-time Faculty Institute which was well attended with about half (nine) of our current part-time faculty participating. As part of that event, created a Part-Time Faculty Checklist providing materials and information that will help part-time faculty in their teaching and administration of their duties. A number of part-time faculty were recruited to participate in the Online-Hybrid Learning institutes to increase the pool of part-time faculty qualified to teach online-hybrid courses. We are now inviting all part-time faculty to attend our SPNHA Spring Fling event in April.

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

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
We held a training in diversity and inclusion for the entire full-time SPNHA faculty in our January faculty meeting. The training was facilitated by Relando Thompskins, Office of Inclusion and Equity and was titled, “Training/Presentation on Civil Discourse and Diversity”. A number of our faculty staff, including Priscilla Kimboko, Quincy Williams and Sal Alaimo have gone through the diversity and inclusion advocate training.

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.

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

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The MPA coordinator Davia Downey attended a Latino event in Holland, the LAUP Youth Leadership Conference Participation - Feb 13th 2018 where she represented our MPA program, met with future prospective students. MHA Faculty Raymond Higbea has been active with National Association of Health Services Executives (NASHSE) and African American association to network with our MHA program.

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

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
We continued with three electronic newsletters in 2017-18 and began the process of pre-accreditation with the MHA program and early stages of pre-accreditation for the MPNL program. In the summer of 2018, we hired Lindsey Bair, our new department secretary who will be our social media coordinator who works with the CCPS working group.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
In March to April 2016, compiled information and graphics for our first SPNHA Electronic Newsletter which was completed and disseminated to nearly 2,000 individuals (faculty, staff, alumni and community partners) in May 2016. Second Electronic Newsletter will be completed in March 2017 and will highlight the recent reaccreditation of our MPA Program. In the fall of 2016, our External Relations Committee committed to a thorough review of the programmatic areas of the SPNHA web site. Graduate Program materials were updated. Department Secretary Fran Cain underwent a number of social media trainings and in Winter of 2017 enrolled in a class InDesign, in document design and production.

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

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The SPNHA Alumni Association Executive Committee met with SPNHA faculty and presented their Strategic Plan, described their upcoming annual Head Shot and Career Event. During Spring 2018, the Alumni Association is planning to adopt some new bylaws which will required all board members to have official responsibilities as SPNHA mentors, with plans to visit each of the three masters programs introductory courses to establish mentoring relationships with new incoming masters students. Preliminary work was done to lay the foundation with a new partnership with SPNHA faculty to cosponsor an Annual Magaret Sellers Walker lecture series and target the Margaret Sellers Walker fund to reach the $30,000 endowed amount. The fund is currently just below $10,000.

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2016 we've instituted an annual meeting between the Executive Committee of the SPNHA Alumni Association and the SPNHA faculty and staff. The executive committee attended a SPNHA faculty meeting presenting their strategic plan and we worked on ways of connecting the Alumni Association more directly to our school. The SPNHA Alumni Association has a member that is assigned to each of the SPNHA student associations. The Alumni Association is hosting at least one annual event for current students. In 2016 the Association held a "How to Present Yourself in the Job Market" workshop where a free professional Headshot was provided. The SPNHA bi-annual Electronic Newsletter will have an SPNHA Alumni Corner with one in-depth profile each year and other highlights of SPNHA Alumni. The SPNHA Alumni Association assisted with a campaign to grow our SPNHA Student Endowment to $100,000 which was successful.

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