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Strategic Plan for Biomedical Sciences

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

At least 50% of BMS majors participate in one or more High-Impact Learning Experience prior to graduation, in addition to SWS courses and capstone.

Baseline

Current percentage of BMS majors participating in relevant High-Impact Learning Experience

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
We collected data at the end of the 2018 academic year (end of Winter 2018 semester)

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
We collected data at the end of the 2017 academic year (end of Winter 2017 semester).

Objective 1.A.2

90% or more of BMS majors consult with CLAS Advising or their BMS faculty advisor, either in person or via email, at least once before their graduation audit.

Baseline

The current rate of advisor-advisee interaction.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
We collected data from Winter 2018

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
We collected data from Winter of 2017.

Objective 1.A.3

90% or more of graduating BMS seniors are satisfied with their academic advising experience in the major

Baseline

The current rate of advising satisfaction

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
We collected data from the end of Winter semester 2018

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
We collected data from the end of Winter semester 2017.

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

All new BMS faculty members receive thorough support and training in the various aspects of the academic advising process (knowledge of the BMS curriculum, MyPath, Banner, etc...), and all (100% of) such faculty members report that this training adequately prepares them to be competent academic advisors.

Baseline

The current level of satisfaction with the academic advising training process.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
All new faculty have been receiving support and training in the academic advising process. In each case, at the 2-year mark (i.e. once new colleagues have formally provided advisees with guidance for one full academic year), the assessment committee has been debriefing them on how up to the task they felt.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
All new BMS faculty have been receiving support and training in the academic advising process. In each case, at the 2-year mark (i.e. once new colleagues have formally provided advisees with guidance for one full academic year), the assessment committee has been debriefing them on how up to the task they felt.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

One third or more of the department's faculty and staff are trained inclusion advocates, and at least one member is an inclusion champion.

Baseline

Currently, five faculty members, roughly one sixth of the department, are trained inclusion advocates; none of its members is an inclusion champion.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The department recognizes the benefits of increasing the number of trained inclusion advocates among its ranks, and is working slowly toward that goal.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
The department recognizes the benefits of increasing the number of trained inclusion advocates among its ranks, and is working slowly toward that goal.

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

Objective 2.D.1

Per year, each BMS faculty member attends at least two workshops, seminars, or presentations that are geared toward enhancing teaching.

Baseline

The current rate of attendance at these events

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Although 2018 was a slight improvement over the previous year, the department continues to fall short of this goal

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The department has made slow progress toward this goal

Objective 2.D.2

BMS faculty will maintain professional competency by engaging in three or more scholarly activities per year, as determined by the BMS Baseline Scholarship Standards.

Baseline

The current rate at which BMS faculty engage in these activities.

Progress

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
As educators and scholars, members of BMS recognize how critical it is to maintain professional competency in one's chosen field; collectively, the department continues to make solid progress toward this objective.

2017 Status
Substantial Progress
As educators and scholars, members of BMS recognize how critical it is to maintain professional competency in one's chosen field; collectively, the department continues to make solid progress toward this objective.

Objective 2.D.3

All non-tenured faculty receive annual peer feedback on their teaching

Baseline

The current rate at which non-tenured faculty receive regular peer feedback on their teaching

Progress

2018 Status
Achieved
The department has achieved this objective the past three years running.

2017 Status
Achieved
The department has achieved this objective

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

Objective 2.E.1

All BMS faculty are provided with sufficient time and support to meet their teaching responsibilities.

Baseline

The current perception among BMS faculty regarding the adequacy of allotted time and support for teaching.

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Assisting faculty in finding the time necessary to teach remains a challenge and the department is trying to remove obstacles and outside demands on time to allow for sufficient time to teach well.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
Assisting faculty in finding the time necessary to teach remains a challenge and the department is trying to remove obstacles and outside demands on time to allow for sufficient time to teach well.

Objective 2.E.2

All BMS faculty are provided sufficient space and resources to carry out successful scholarly activities.

Baseline

The current perception among BMS faculty regarding the adequacy of allotted space and resources for scholarly activities.

Progress

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Research space has been linked to research productivity and faculty may apply for more space if their case warrants additional space.

2017 Status
Minimal Progress
Research space has been linked to research productivity and faculty may apply for more space if their case warrants additional space.

Objective 2.E.3

All BMS faculty are provided sufficient support (in the form of course release, course coverage for short trips, and financial support) to cultivate local, state, national, and international collaborations, partnerships, and connections.

Baseline

The current perception among BMS faculty regarding the adequacy of support for the above activities

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The department has been soliciting input from its members with the aim of coming up with solutions, even if partial, to the issues that underlie sub-optimal support

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The department will be seeking additional information to better understand some of the obstacles regarding support.

Objective 2.E.4

All BMS faculty are provided adequate support (in the form of course release, course coverage for short trips, and financial support) for disseminating the outcomes of local, state, national, and international collaborations, partnerships, and connections.

Baseline

The current perception among BMS faculty regarding the adequacy of said support

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The department continues to provide support as best it can for its faculty in meeting this objective

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
The department continues to provide support the best it can for faculty in meeting this objective.

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

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

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

Objective 4.C.1

The BMS department facilitates and promotes at least two events per month during which the knowledge and ideas of experts in various fields are shared with the university and local communities.

Baseline

The current frequency of these events is between one and two presentations per month.

Progress

2018 Status
Achieved
The department has effectively achieved this objective

2017 Status
Achieved
The department has effectively achieved this objective

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