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Strategic Plan for Social Work

Context For Planning

BSW Context for Planning At regular intervals the BSW Program faculty revisit and review our mission, visions values and goals. These planning aspects of the BSW program at Grand Valley State University are perfectly aligned and fully consistent with the profession’s overarching purpose and values. The Program’s longstanding emphasis on preparing students to be effective advocates for social justice in areas such as human rights, cultural competence, disparity, empowerment, social and political action and civic participation and effective opponents of oppression, disparity, discrimination and prejudice readies them for lifelong roles of professional and community leadership throughout the region, across the state and nation and around the world. The Program’s emphasis on preparing them for effective practice in health and human service organizations serving client systems at all levels in the urban, suburban and rural communities of West Michigan ensures the Program constantly monitors and consistently addresses the need of the region and state for competent social work practitioners. And the Program’s emphasis on service learning in domestic and international settings provides its students with opportunities to contribute to the common good in myriad ways that enhance their identification with the profession, strengthen their commitment to lifelong service and advocacy, and broaden their worldviews. MSW Context for Planning At regular intervals the MSW Program faculty revisit and review our mission, visions values and goals. These planning aspects of the MSW program at Grand Valley State University are perfectly aligned and fully consistent with the profession’s overarching purpose and value. The Program’s longstanding emphasis on preparing students to be effective advocates for social justice in areas such as human rights, cultural competence, disparity, empowerment, social and political action and civic participation and effective opponents of oppression, disparity, discrimination and prejudice readies them for lifelong roles of professional and community leadership throughout the region, across the state and nation and around the world. The Program’s emphasis on preparing them for effective practice in health and human service organizations serving client systems at all levels in the urban, suburban and rural communities of West Michigan ensures the Program constantly monitors and consistently addresses the need of the region and state for competent social work practitioners. And the Program’s emphasis on service learning in domestic and international settings provides its students with opportunities to contribute to the common good in myriad ways that enhance their identification with the profession, strengthen their commitment to lifelong service and advocacy, and broaden their worldviews.

Mission

BSW Program Mission The mission of the BSW Program is to prepare generalist social workers who enhance and promote well-being and advocate for social, economic and environmental justice of the citizens, organizations and communities of West Michigan, the state, the nation, and the world; and to further the goals of the University and of the social work profession in this region and beyond. West Michigan’s unique setting consists of diverse cultural communities as well as urban and rural settings, creating significant potential for skilled social work professionals to make a profound impact on our community. MSW Program Mission The mission of the GVSU MSW Program is to prepare advanced generalist social workers who enhance and sustain the welfare and wellbeing of the individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities of West Michigan, the state, the nation, and the world; and who further the goals of the University and of the social work profession in this region and beyond. This is accomplished through professional leadership, advancement of the social work field’s knowledge through research and evaluation, and a focus on diversity, social justice and human rights.

Vision

We aim to be a premier provider of social work education by providing current and innovative curriculum with excellent teaching. We promote distinction in community engagement/ leadership, and lifelong learning. We address local, regional, national, and global issues through effective teaching, scholarship, collaboration, and service.

Value Statement

The BSW program’s goals & values are derived directly from its mission statement and are designed to meet the social service needs of its Program locations and beyond. They are: 1. To provide a generalist social work curriculum in a high-quality learning environment that prepares BSW graduates for entry-level social work practice that promotes social, and economic justice and endeavors to address poverty and other social problems within organizational, individual, and community contexts within, but not limited to, West Michigan and the State of Michigan. 2. To prepare generalist social workers who exhibit a professional commitment to enhancing social justice, promoting human rights, ensuring the dignity and worth of all individuals, practicing social work with integrity, upholding the NASW Code of Ethics, incorporating diversity into their practice, and advancing the profession’s reputation and knowledge base. 3. To prepare students for continued professional development opportunities throughout their careers, including graduate education. 4. To contribute to the development of social work scholarship and human rights advocacy by supporting the engagement of students, faculty and staff in local, regional, statewide, national and international organizations focused improving the quality of life for all persons. The MSW program’s goals and values are derived directly from its mission statement and are designed to meet the social service needs of its Program locations and beyond. The program goals & values are: 1. To provide a foundational MSW curriculum and an advanced generalist social work curriculum that prepares MSW graduates for autonomous social work practice that promotes social, economic and environmental justice and endeavors to address poverty and other social problems within individual, organizational and community contexts within, but not limited to, West and Northern Michigan and the state of Michigan. 2. To award the graduate degree to individuals who are skilled practitioners who adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics, incorporating diversity into their practice and are capable of assuming leadership and scholarly professional roles in the community, region, state, national and global communities. 3. To contribute to the ongoing development of professional social work knowledge and practice through research and scholarly inquiry that employ state-of-the-art technology. 4. To prepare students for continued professional development opportunities throughout their careers, including doctoral education.

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

20-30% of undergraduate classes include HIL activities as a signature pedagogical learning tool

Baseline

Current list of classes that include HIL

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
We have been working to increase the number and types of HIL activities, which include: Service Learning, Community Based Learning classes, Simulation Center activities etc. We have observed a significant increase in student engagement in HIL.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Several courses have been newly designated for Community Based Learning (CBL) for the coming academic year. Additionally, various HIL assignments have been added existing courses. in 2018, the School of Social Work experienced high interest in international study abroad trips as well as domestic service learning trips, taking some 60+ students on these high impact experiences.

Objective 1.A.2

40% of graduate classes include HIL activity as a pedagogical learning tool.

Baseline

Current list of classes

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
The MSW program has increased student participation in HIL activities

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Several additional graduate course sections have been designated as Community Based Learning classes. Additionally, more assignments is various courses have include HIL activities such as utilization of the Simulation center. 30 + graduate students have attended study abroad and service learning experiences during 2018.

Objective 1.A.3

All undergraduate social work students have the opportunity for mentoring with a SSW faculty member.

Baseline

Determine baseline in 2016

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
Approximately 55% of undergraduates have had contact with their mentor.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Continued encouragement of undergraduate faculty mentors. Still the number of students who meet with assigned mentors is approximately 50%.

Objective 1.A.4

All graduate social work students have the opportunity for advising with a SSW faculty member.

Baseline

Determine baseline in 2016

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
We initiated an "onsite" academic advising session at all mandatory orientation sessions. These sessions are well staffed with several faculty members.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
66.7% of MSW Students reported meeting with their advisor at least once during the program. 55% reported that their advisor was able to meet when needed. 59% that their time with their advisor was Excellent or Good. All of these statistics are up from last year.

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

Objective 1.D.1

Review the entire curriculum and revise, as appropriate, in light of the new 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) for Baccalaureate and Master's programs.

Baseline

Determine baseline in 2016

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
Full Reaccreditation from our external accrediting body was received in March of 2019. Accreditation is in place for 8 years.

2018 Status
Achieved
Re-accreditation self-study document was completed and submitted in April of 2018. Site visit held in November of 2018. All documents were reviewed and we are expecting full re-accreditation of both programs (BSW & MSW) in February of 2019.

Objective 1.D.2

80% of classes report on student outcomes through the assessment.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
Faculty have continued to assess on the Chalk and Wire system. One of 2 types the measures (Field Evaluation). has reached approximately 85-95% completion. The other type of measure in-class assignment is still lower than the target of 80% completion.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Faculty have continued to assess on the Chalk and Wire system. One of 2 types the measures (Field Evaluation). has reached approximately 85-95% completion. The other type of measure in-class assignment is still lower than the target of 80% completion.

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

80 % of tenured/tenure track faculty completes training in developing and implementing high-impact learning.

Baseline

Determine baseline in 2016 (or current year)

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
We currently have 84% utilizing HIL activities in their classes. Approximately 75% of tenured/tenure track faculty have reported professional development activities during 2019, regarding teaching - best practices and HIL content.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Continued increase HIL activities being developed for the School. Three courses have been designated for CBL. Also we continue to have several study abroad and service learning trips, each year, as well as simulation center assignments in our practice courses.

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

Objective 2.D.1

100% of faculty participate in learning innovative instructional methods and technologies for teaching.

Baseline

Current year listing

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
84% of tenure tenure tack faculty have completed training for online hybrid delivery. Additionally approximately 12 adjunct faculty have also completed the training.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Faculty have attended increased conferences and trainings about innovative methods and technologies. 6+ additional faculty attended online teaching training on-campus.

Objective 2.D.2

At least 50% of faculty use innovative instructional methods and technologies (best practices) in their teaching.

Baseline

Determine baseline in 2016

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Major increase in innovative instructional methods and technologies used. Online/hybrid offerings has increased from 4.8% in 2015-16 AY to 19.6% in 2019-20AY. These are percentages of online/hybrid classes in the total enrollment for all classes.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Many faculty have attended FTLC training events and conferences.

Objective 2.D.3

All full time tenured and tenure track faculty will adopt a common understanding and utilization of high academic standards and expectations.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
There has been no additional work during 2019 on this initiative.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
There has been additional progress in faculty understanding and utilization of high academic standards.

Objective 2.D.4

100% of part time faculty provide the same academic rigor as tenured and tenure track faculty.

Baseline

Determine baseline in year 1

Progress

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No additional progress in 2019

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Continued discussion about rigor has taken place with faculty.

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

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

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