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Strategic Plan for Allied Health Sciences

Context For Planning

The Allied Health Sciences Department (AHS) evolved substantially since the last strategic planning process at GVSU.  Previously, the department focused as an entity for other units in the College of Health Professions by providing the undergraduate curriculum necessary to prepare graduates for application to graduate health profession programs such as Sonography,  Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Speech Language Pathology, and Occupational Therapy. The interest in these programs increased the number of AHS majors to its current 950, one of the largest undergraduate majors at GVSU. A limitation became apparent whereby not all of those 900+ graduates would be successful in earning acceptance to either GVSU's or other graduate health profession programs. The new direction taken by AHS in 2013 involved development of bachelor degree entry-level health profession that can be offered to the AHS majors. Presently, these programs involve Health Information Management, Respiratory Care (in a cooperative with Muskegon Community College), American Sign Language Interpreting, and Histotechnology. The AHS department has several more bachelor degree entry-level professions under active development.

The department has also engaged with members of our regional community by offering AHS courses through the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) "Early College Program," Rockford Public Schools with dual enrollment courses, and the GVSU Traverse City location, where the AHS emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies is offered to compliment the satellite graduate Physician Assistance Studies program approved for the Traverse City location.

The context for this strategic planning effort is a collaborative endeavor between the Unit Head and the faculty of AHS. It is designed to inform and guide the department in future activities that compliment and enhance the strategic plan of the College of Health Professions and the strategic plan of Grand Valley State University. While the department cannot add to all the objectives in the college or university plan, it is able to devote faculty and programmatic resources to address select areas. The process of investigation toward assigning the objectives and metrics found in this document began in Fall 2015 and continued through Winter 2016, with groups of faculty taking ownership of various priority areas. Our intent is to build on the success achieved to date with the range and quality of the AHS curriculum, applied to what has been ascertained of the needs of the college, the university, and our community.

Mission

To prepare exceptional professionals who will impact the health profession today and tomorrow.

Vision

To create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, professional behavior, and encourages lifelong learning.

Value Statement

As educators in health we hold the following core values:
1. Professional and ethical behavior
2. Respect and appreciation for diversity
3. Lifelong learning
4. 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

For the period of 2016-2021, AHS will provide opportunities for 90% of undergraduate students to participate in at least one high-impact learning experience prior to graduation, in addition to supplemental writing skills, and capstone courses.

Baseline

Currently 60% of undergraduate students participate in at least one high-impact learning experience prior to graduation.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
For the period of 2016, students participated in high impact learning through assignments and activities in the following courses: AHS 301, AHS 340, AHS 490, ASL 201, ASL 422, HIM 311, HIM 365, and HIM 470 (an increase from 6 to 8 courses). AHS 340 and AHS 301 are required core courses for Allied Health Science (AHS) students; however, many students to complete PSY as an equivalent course to AHS 301. HIM 311, HIM 365, and HIM 470 are required courses for Health Information Management (HIM) students.

2017 Status
Achieved
For the period of 2017, students participated in high impact learning through assignments and activities in the following courses: AHS 110, AHS 301, AHS 340, AHS 490, AHS 499, ASL 422, HIM 311, HIM 365 (the same number of courses that offer high-impact learning experiences as 2016). AHS 340 and AHS 301 are required core courses for Allied Health Science (AHS) students; however, many students to complete PSY as an equivalent course to AHS 301. HIM 311, HIM 365, are required courses for Health Information Management (HIM) students. Note, due to the high number of students within the AHS program, it is not feasible to give a percentage as originally written in the objective.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase diversity, as defined by each program within the Department of Allied Health Sciences, of students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Baseline

15.05% based on data from GVSU Institutional Analysis.

Progress

2016 Status
Minimal Progress
The percentage increase of diversity based upon GVSU Institutional Analysis data indicated a percentage of 15.43% of AHS students, faculty, and staff self-reporting as being part of an underrepresented group; this is an increase from 15.05% during 2015.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
A percentage 16.8% of AHS students, faculty, and staff self-repor as being part of an underrepresented group; this is an increase from 15.43% during 2016, and an increase from the baseline in 2016 of 15.05 diversity of students, faculty, and staff-self reporting was observed based on reporting form GVSU Institutional Analysis data.

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

Objective 1.C.1

AHS will establish and maintain advisory committees for programs that require accreditation.

Baseline

The only accredited program in AHS, Health Information Management, has an advisory committee is Health Information Management.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
The only program within Allied Health Sciences requiring an Advisory Committee is Health Information Management. Health Information Management held an Advisory Board Meeting on 6.16.16 with a formal agenda, quorum, and recorded minutes.

2017 Status
Achieved
The only program within Allied Health Sciences requiring an Advisory Committee is Health Information Management. Health Information Management held an Advisory Board Meetings in 2017 with a formal agenda, quorum, and recorded minutes.

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

Objective 1.D.1

AHS will utilize learning technologies in all core courses.

Baseline

Blackboard used in all core courses.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
All current full time faculty and those adjunct faculty teaching courses in a hybrid format have completed GVSU's Hybrid and Online Training Certificate training. All faculty have also been aware of and many participate in professional development opportunities through conferences, GVSU's Instructional Design and Learning (IDeL), and other conferences. The content learned is shared during regular Allied Health Science Department meetings.

2017 Status
Achieved
All current full-time faculty and those adjunct faculty teaching courses in a hybrid format have completed GVSU's Hybrid and Online Training Certificate training. All faculty has also been aware of, and many participate in professional development opportunities through conferences, GVSU's Instructional Design and Learning (IDeL), and other conferences. The content learned is shared during regular Allied Health Science Department meetings.

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

Applicable programs within the Department of Allied Health Sciences will seek and maintain appropriate accreditation as appropriate.

Baseline

Health Information Management has students enrolled in the program and is actively seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) following appropriate timelines and requirements established by the accrediting body. Clinical Dietetics from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) following appropriate timelines and requirements established by the accrediting body.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantive Progress
The only program within the Allied Health Services department required accreditation is Health Information Management (HIM). HIM is currently in the candidacy phase with a site visitation scheduled for March 2017.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The only programs within the Allied Health Services department required accreditation are the Health Information Management (HIM) and the Clinical Dietetics (CD). HIM is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. CD is in the candidacy stage for full accreditation through the Accreditation Council of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). CD can apply for full accreditation after two cohorts graduate - the anticipation of meeting this requirement is in 2019.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

AHS will contribute and facilitate the implementation of CHP Project Implicit - a specialized self-assessment tool that measures the strength of associations between concepts and evaluations or stereotypes.

Baseline

None, will follow CHP Project Implicit baseline when established.

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Data Pending from Project Implicit.

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
CHP Project Implicit was discontinued by GVSU and replaced with the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in 2017.

Objective 2.B.2

The Department of Allied Health Sciences faculty and staff will use the Development Inventory (IDI) to establish a baseline of-intercultural development and competence within the department to identify professional development opportunities.

Baseline

None

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
All Allied Health Sciences full time staff and faculty were provided the opportunity to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in September 2016. Results for the department were reviewed during a regular department meeting in November 2016. Areas to focus on for continued development were collectively identified based on the IDI results. Educational follow-up opportunities are being planned throughout 2017 for the staff and faculty.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
All Allied Health Sciences full-time staff and faculty were provided the opportunity to complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in September 2016. Results for the department were reviewed during a regular department meeting in November 2016. Areas to focus on for continued development were collectively identified based on the IDI results. Educational follow-up opportunities for faculty and staff in 2017 included focused training during faculty meetings. These training for all full-time faculty that included Disability 101 training provided by the Disability and Support Resources, micro and macro aggression mini sessions during faculty meetings, training in linguistic discrimination, etc.

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

Objective 2.C.1

AHS will maintain current and expand with new collaborative community partnerships.

Baseline

Present community affiliations, partnerships and collaborations with Health Information Management practicums (10), MCO for MRI, Muskegon Community College, Kent Intermediate School District, Rockford Public Schools, Northern Michigan College, and Grand Rapids African American Institute (GRAAHI).

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science has maintained all current community affiliations and partnerships while also adding 17 additional, including: Northview Public Schools (ASL), Holland Public Schools (ASL), Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (ASL), Allegan General Hospital (HIM), Spectrum Health Zeeland (HIM), Holland Home (HIM), Clark Community (HIM), Metro Health Hospital (HIM), Advantage Health Centers of Detroit (HIM), Henry Ford Health System Macomb (HIM),Karmanos Cancer Institute - McLaren Macomb, Ted B. Wahby Cancer Center (HIM), Metro Health OAM Surgery Center (HIM), St. Jospeh Mercy Health System (RIS), University of Michigan Health System (RIS), Beaumont Health Bostford (RIS), and Bronson Healthcare Group (RIS).

2017 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science has maintained all current community affiliations and partnerships while also adding 16 additional, including: Bronson Healthcare Group (HIM), Catherine’s Health Center (HIM), Sanctuary of the Oaks (HIM), Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services (HIM), Beaumont Health Botsford (HIM), Centura (HIM), University of Michigan Health System (HIM), Michigan Department of Corrections (HIM), Covenant Village of Great Lakes (HIM), Hulst Jespen Physical Therapy (HIM), Cherry Street Heatlh Services (HIM), Allegan General Hospital (HIM), Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan, PC (HIM), Wedgwood Christian Services (HIM), Providence Pavillion Southfield, MI (HIM), and Metro Health OAM Surgery Center (HIM).

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

Objective 2.E.1

AHS will increase resources more representative of the unit's large number of students it teaches to enhance the development of faculty in their field and develop faculty in online technologies for teaching improvement/efficiency.

Baseline

Presently, the department has approximately $5,000 annually to devote to faculty development purposes within their field. Additional resources are needed to modularize elements of AHS courses concomitant to the student credit hours generated by AHS.

Progress

2016 Status
Substantial Progress
Allied Health Services faculty obtained a total of four grants from FTLC (totaling $775.00) to supplement devoted department money for faculty development. Finalization of software settings for Appointment Management was not completed during 2016 due to unavailability of outside trainer; however, this has been scheduled for February 2017.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
Allied Health Services faculty obtained a total of four grants from FTLC (totaling $5,775) to supplement devoted department money for faculty development.

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

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

Objective 3.A.1

New program offerings to AHS will be proposed and implemented if approved include 1. BS in Respiratory Care, 2. BS in Applied Food and Nutrition, 3. MS Program in Genetic Counseling 2019, 4. BS in Long Term Care Administration in 2018., and 5) BS Degree Completion Program for HIM 2018.

Baseline

Present programs in AHS include a BS in AHS with emphases in Pre-PAS, Pre-PT, Pre-SLP, Respiratory Care, Histology, and Health Profession Degree Completion.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science department successfully submitted a proposed program for a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology March 2016 - pending review. Additional applicable program proposals will be submitted in 2017 as outlined.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Allied Health Science department successfully submitted a proposed program for a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology in 2017; however, that program is now housed in the Masters of Public Health program. A BS Applied Food and Nutrition was submitted in 2017 and approved for prospectus preparation. A BS in Respiratory Care was submitted and approved for prospectus preparation.

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

Objective 3.C.1

To increase the number of AHS department courses with service learning components and experiential high-impact learning opportunities.

Baseline

Currently ASL 422 and HIM 365 have service learning components.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Sciences added service learning components to three additional courses during 2016 (AHS 495, HIM 311, and ASL 201).

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Currently, ASL 422, HIM 365, AHS 495, CD 510, CD 516, CD 560, CD 550, and CD 505 have service learning components - this is an increase of three courses in 2016.

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

80% of students completing the Health Information Management program will successfully pass the Commission on Accreditation for Health Infomatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) certification on their first attempt.

Baseline

None

Progress

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
External credentialing examinations are only applicable to Health Information Managements students; however, these students are not yet able to attempt applicable certification exams until the program is accredited (anticipated March 2017).

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
The first graduating cohort established a baseline of 78% passing their certification exam during the first attempt.

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

Objective 4.C.1

The AHS department faculty and staff will pursue leadership roles within the community and/or professional organizations.

Baseline

AHS currently does not have a list of faculty in leadership roles, but will compile one.

Progress

2016 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science faculty served as leaders on 17 local, state, national. or world community roles.

2017 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science faculty served as leaders on 20 local, state, national. or world community roles. This is an increase of 3 from 2016.

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