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Strategic Plan for Physical Therapy

Context For Planning

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy is committed to graduating clinicians who demonstrate excellence in clinical practice, education, consultation, and research. In 2016, the Department expanded to three cohorts of 60 students each. In addition, for the first time since the Programs inception in the 1980s, the Department will face competition from another west Michigan university, as it moves to begin its own DPT Program. The combination of internal growth and external competition will have a meaningful impact on the Program, most notably with respect to faculty recruitment/retention and clinical placements for our students. Also, there will be competition for the best students.

 

Thus, one of the crucial issues for the Department will be maintaining an adequate number of quality clinical placements that provide opportunities for students to obtain the breadth of required clinical education experiences in the curriculum. This competition will likely require the Department to further incentivize clinical sites/educators through enhanced perks, perhaps including financial allocations. As approximately 20-30% of our faculty approach retirement age in the next five years, it is essential that the Department have a viable plan for attracting, replacing, and maintaining qualified faculty. The competition, at both the state and national levels, will be significant.

 

Finally, as student debt is burgeoning, the Department will be challenged to maintain and further develop the quality of its didactic and clinical education components. The Department must be intentional in its efforts to offer the most current, evidence-based curriculum that it can put forward without adding to the substantial debt our students accrue.

 


Mission

To advance the profession of physical therapy through excellence in education, scholarship, and service.

Vision


The vision of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy is to produce reflective physical therapy practitioners who demonstrate excellence in clinical practice, education, consultation, and research to meet the physical therapy needs of society. We strive to transform students personally and professionally. We challenge our students to achieve distinction in examination, evaluation, intervention, outcomes, and prevention of movement dysfunction. In addition, we nurture the development of leadership, for both faculty and students, to address societal healthcare needs, link evidence to practice, and make ethical decisions.



Value Statement

Professional and ethical behavior 

Respect and appreciation of differences 
Life-long learning 
Excellence in teaching, scholarship, practice 
Appreciation of personal well-being 
Collegiality and collaboration 
Social responsibility 
Evidence-based practice 
Reflective practice 
Advocacy Leadership

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

The Department of Physical Therapy will charge each of its curricular subgroups to annually assess the need for new content, revised content, or alternate/updated teaching methodologies in order to offer the latest, evidence-based content within the Program.

Baseline

Currently, there is no intentional assessment or Departmental mandate in this regard.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
The program has allotted 1-2 meeting times/month for the curricular committees to meet. Meetings are generally held at the rate of ~ 1/month. The meetings are held on an as needed basis to work on pertinent issues for a particular component of the curriculum.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The DC has been working with the Curricular Committee (Departmental Standing Committee) and Dr. Christine Rener to develop a plan for an extensive review of the curriculum. To date, this has been met with some reticence by the former group, who do not share the opinion that a complete curricular review is warranted, in light of the outstanding outcomes that we are seeing on the NPTE, as well as the feedback from those who employ our graduates. Instead, a more focused review of the curriculum has been recommended by this Standing Committee. At the same time, the DC has just recently charged the curricular subgroups to consider this specific objective for CY 2018.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will develop initiatives to attempt to increase the cumulative diversity of the College of Health Professions students, faculty, and staff.

Baseline

Baseline: Approximately 5% of DPT students are currently from underrepresented groups (URGs). There are no minority faculty or staff at the current time.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The program and it's faculty have been involved in a number of marketing initiatives to try to interest students from underrepresented groups (URG's) in the profession of physical therapy. This includes the KISD Early College program in our building, as well as sHaPe Camp. The program has also created a more holistic admissions process, which we hope will make it possible for more students from URG's to be admitted to the program.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The program still has barely over 1% of its students who self-report as being from an ethnic minority group.

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

Objective 1.C.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will reactivate its advisory board made up of adjunct faculty and/or community members, and meetings will be held at least once per year.

Baseline

The Department of Physical Therapy has not had an advisory committee in place since the DPT program was initiated

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
This group has not been identified to date.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The Department has a new advisory board and the Board will conduct its first meeting in January, 2018.

Objective 1.C.2

The Department of Physical Therapy will allocate greater resources (personnel, finances, benefits, and continuing education collaborations) in order to secure and maintain a strong position in terms of clinical education opportunities. Clinical instructor training programs (CCIPs) will be offered at least annually.

Baseline

Currently, the Department/University offer the Preceptor Perks package. The Department offers 1 clinical instructor training program approximately every-other-year, depending on supportive funding. There are 2 full-time clinical educators who devote a portion of their workdays to securing clinical education sites.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
In an effort to maintain strong relationships with professional community partners, we have begun offering continuing education (professional development) opportunities at a discounted rate for alumni and also for non-alumni who take our students in the clinic. We have also offered a CCIP training program in March of this year (2016).

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The program continued to offer the CCIP in 2017, as well as three continuing education opportunities for our clinical partners. These are offered as free, or discounted, rates in order to afford opportunities for our clinical educators to enhance their preceptor skills, or their clinical expertise.

Objective 1.C.3

The Department of Physical Therapy will annually receive adjunct faculty feedback regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the Program.

Baseline

There are no such efforts at the current time.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
The faculty met with our adjunct faculty in January 2016 to receive their feedback on the program.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
We continue to receive feedback on an informal basis and we will also garner feedback from our adjunct faculty who help comprise our new Advisory Board. But, we do not have a more formal mechanism to receive feedback from this constituency in place as of yet.

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

Objective 1.D.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will actively explore innovative teaching strategies for their ability to enhance teaching and learning in the DPT Program.

Baseline

Currently, there is no intentional tracking or Departmental mandate in this regard.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Nothing to report in this realm to date.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Data collection in this regard has not been formally instituted, although faculty are attentive to potentially new teaching strategies.

Objective 1.D.2

The Department of Physical Therapy will formally assess the impact of new teaching strategies on student learning.

Baseline

Baseline: Currently, there is no intentional assessment or Departmental mandate in this regard.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Nothing to report in this realm to date.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
In that the Department has not yet formally addressed an inventory of the adaptation of new teaching strategies, we have nothing new to report in this area.

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

Objective 1.E.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will create at least one fully endowed scholarship for a student from an underrepresented group (URG).

Baseline

Currently, there are none

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The Urban Schools Endowed Scholarship has been developed for this purpose.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The Urban Schools Endowed Scholarship has experienced significant growth in the past year, and should be situated for funds disbursement in 2019.

Objective 1.E.2

The Department of Physical Therapy will hire and integrate highly qualified faculty as it fills new positions and replaces retiring members.

Baseline

No hires have been made in past 3 years.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
We had one new hire in 2016. The faculty member, Brianna Chesser, comes with excellent qualifications for teaching and the potential to guide beginning-level research.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
No new positions were made available to the Department in time for a 2017 hire.

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

The Department of Physical Therapy will annually provide opportunities for professional growth and development of its adjunct and clinical faculty members.

Baseline

Baseline: There are no such efforts at the current time

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
This year, the Department offered 3 Continuing Education courses with notable discounts for both alumni and our clinical faculty (the latter would include our adjunct faculty).

2017 Status
Achieved
This objective is now achieved as we have a robust continuing education (professional development) plan in place. Integral to this plan is preferred placement and rates for our part-time faculty members, clinical educators, and alumni. The professional development series is offering 3-4 courses/year at this juncture and these have been very well received.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

More than one-half of the DPT faculty and staff will participate in educational opportunities afforded through extramural and/or intramural agencies to increase cultural diversity, sensitivity, and awareness.

Baseline

Baseline: Only 3 members of the DPT faculty/staff have completed cultural diversity, sensitivity, and awareness training via the Inclusion Advocacy program.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
The entire DPT faculty (save 1 part-time, phased retirement faculty member) engaged in a cultural sensitivity and diversity workshop this year and another is planned before the year's end (sponsored by the CHP.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
All of the DPT faculty are now participating in some degree of cultural sensitivity and awareness training through the CHP Inclusion and Diversity training that occurs regularly in the CHP faculty meetings. In addition, one more faculty member completed the Inclusion Advocate training on campus.

Objective 2.B.2

After the completion of intramural and extramural training initiatives related to inclusion and cultural sensitivity, the DPT faculty and staff will demonstrate a higher level of awareness of their own biases and an improved knowledge of and attention to cultural sensitivity and diversity matters in all phases of the Program through an instrument to be used at the College level.

Baseline

Baseline: None established to date.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The faculty has completed the IDI, in order to assess our baseline competency in the area of cultural sensitivity.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The DPT faculty members are participating in cultural sensitivity training offered at all of our College meetings now. These meetings occur 4-5 times/year and include an element of sensitivity training.

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

Objective 2.C.1

At least 50% of the DPT faculty will demonstrate engagement at the national, state, or district level with a relevant professional association by virtue of leadership positions held or committees served upon.

Baseline

TBD by survey

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Over 50% of the DPT faculty is engaged at at least one level of service to the organization (MPTA, APTA).

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
At least 1/2 of the faculty is holding a position of leadership in a national, state, or international position of leadership.

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

Objective 2.D.1

2.D.1: 50% of the adjunct DPT faculty will have training in the use of Blackboard technology as offered by the FTLC.

Baseline

Less than 10% of the adjunct DPT faculty currently have this training.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
We have not begun a formal plan to get our adjunct faculty trained in the use of Blackboard.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No inventory has been undertaken in this regard.

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

Objective 2.E.1

Increase the amount of annual funding available to DPT faculty for Professional Development to $2500.00.

Baseline

Currently, each full-time faculty member is allocated $1,350.00 on an annual basis.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
A new budget cycle has not occurred since the SP was adopted.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No changes in this funding base yet.

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will evaluate the procedures of its Standing Committees and ad-hoc committees to ensure that reasonable policies and procedures are in place for consideration of equal opportunity for persons from all backgrounds.

Baseline

No intentional initiative has been established to date.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The admissions committee and the curriculum and assessment committee of this program have made meaningful progress in this regard. The former has developed a more holistic admissions rubric that allows for considerations other than [strictly] GPA and GRE scores. The curriculum and assessment committee is currently taking an inventory of our I&D training within the program. The intent of this inventory is to assist us in the appraisal of what training/experiential components are missing and what components can be reinforced, or restructured, as a way to enhance students' cultural sensitivity development in the program..

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
As reported last year, the Admissions Committee has looked at the admissions process and revised the scoring rubric for admissions decisions. As we have just accepted a new cohort (Class of 2021), but not yet filled out that class, the impact of those changes in the rubric have not yet been appraised.

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

Objective 3.E.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will evaluate its past recommendations from its accrediting body and attend to those as it prepares for the next visit in 2022.

Baseline

To date, limited reflection on the past recommendations has been conducted.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No progress to report in this realm for the calendar year 2016.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
The Department's Curriculum and Assessment Committee will begin to address the CAPTE recommendations from the 2012 site visit in the calendar year 2018.

Objective 3.E.2

The Department of Physical Therapy will consider the new standards of its accrediting body and address those in preparation for the next site visit in 2022.

Baseline

To date, no formal assessment/planning has taken place in this regard.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
The Chair attended a CAPTE workshop this year where the new standards were reviewed.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The Department's Curriculum and Assessment Committee is making some progress in looking at the new CAPTE standards and making recommendations to the 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

Improve the first-time pass rate on the NPTE to 95% or greater.

Baseline

The current first-time pass rate runs 89-95%.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Our first-time pass rate for the Class of 2016 was 100%; 50/50.

2017 Status
Achieved
The Class of 2017 had a first-time pass rate of 57/58 students (98.2%).

Objective 4.A.2

Improve the ultimate pass rate on the NPTE to 100%.

Baseline

The current ultimate pass rate runs 94-100%.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
100% of the Class of 2016 (50/50) passed the NPTE; this year all passed on the first try.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The Class of 2017 has an ultimate pass rate of 98.2% (57/58 passed the exam this past year.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will receive university recognition for its efforts to improve the percentage of applicants from Underrepresented Groups (URGs). Baseline: No such recognition has been received in the past. The Department has not formally measured the percentage of applicants from URGs.

Baseline

No such recognition has been received in the past. The Department has not formally measured the percentage of applicants from URGs.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
Our more intentional efforts in this regard are new and there is no expectation in this unit that we would have risen to the level of recognition external to the department.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
While the Department is fully engaged in a number of initiatives to increase the awareness of the profession and a career in physical therapy, for students from URG's, the impact of those initiatives is likely not to be felt for several years. The reason is that we are directing our efforts to middle- and high school students, who won't be eligible for PT application for several ears.

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

Objective 4.C.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will organize no less than 3 continuing education opportunities per year for the professional community in order to enhance the university's reputation as an institution committed to lifelong teaching and learning.

Baseline

The Department has offered no more than 1 event per year in the past.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
We have offered 3 Continuing Education programs in 2016, with more planned for 2017.

2017 Status
Achieved
We offered 3 Continuing Education events in 2017 with more planned for 2018.

Objective 4.C.2

The Department will allocate resources (personnel, funds, and reassigned time) to develop the Biomechanics and Human Performance Lab's reputation and impact on its students and the community.

Baseline

No regular funding is available to the lab. One faculty member has 12 hours of reassigned time to administrate the lab and coordinate student and faculty engagement in the lab.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The BMPL is now staffed part time by Dr. Gordon Alderink. There is more research in process in that lab now than previously seen, since we arrived in this building in 2003.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The lab has formalized an agreement to lease lab space with Mary Free Bed Hospital, which will support funding for the lab. MFB will conduct gait studies on its own clients as a result of the agreement. In addition, a national search is underway to hire an engineer to support activities in the lab.

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

Objective 4.D.1

The Department of Physical Therapy will secure adequate reassigned time to increase the number and amount of grants from extramural funding to support faculty lines of research.

Baseline

Faculty currently have no more than 6 credit hours of reassigned time, which includes research, administrative functions, and service. Currently, there are 2 faculty members who are utilizing grant funds from extramural sources.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
We have not gone through a faculty workload cycle since this plan was adopted.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
No progress

Objective 4.D.2

The Department of Physical Therapy will secure greater reassigned time to support opportunities for its members to secure leadership positions within related professional organizations.

Baseline

Faculty currently have no more than 6 credit hours of reassigned time, which includes research, administrative functions, and service.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The Dean has provided substantial and meaningful reassignment time for several positions of leadership and community engagement in 2016.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Significant focus and reassigned time for service are being more carefully scrutinized in the recent past. Since service is an expectation for all faculty, and a designated percentage of regular workload assignments, having significant focus or reassigned time added to that is being reserved for major service endeavors, such as highest-order leadership in one's profession, e.g.

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

Objective 4.E.1

Acquire the assistance of the CHP web page designer to assist the Department of Physical Therapy with revision and maintenance of its website.

Baseline

The Department currently does not have an Instructional Designer at its disposal.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
The unit has had the web site reviewed and modified with the aid of a web site designer in 2016.

2017 Status
Achieved
The Program's website has been reviewed and is updated on a regular basis now by the Program's Assistant Chair, Dr. Meri Goehring, with the assistance of the Department Chair and the entire DPT faculty.

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