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Strategic Plan for Area & Global Studies

Context For Planning

Area and Global Studies AGS, formally Area Studies AS, operates as one unit and is currently housed in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Originally, the programs were separate and autonomous, resulting in minimal growth and relative isolation. In 2003, the university-wide reorganization brought the various Area and Global Studies' programs together under one dean, thus making communication and cooperation between the various programs and other interdisciplinary units easier. More significantly, it facilitated the allocation of critical resources to the Area and Global Studies' budget and created a “new home” for the unit in Lake Ontario Hall with a single office for administrative support. Faculty Governance approved joint appointments of full-time faculty to work closely with non-resident faculty to staff interdisciplinary programs’ courses and to build the curriculum. Consequently, the Area and Global Studies programs were strengthened and programming increased.

The discussion about the best organizational rubric for Area and Global Studies dates back to 1996. By 2003, there were several attempts at further reorganization and numerous proposals were submitted to the dean of the Brooks College for review. In 2010, Provost Gayle Davis issued a directive to Area and Global Studies programs to reorganize and create a department that will attract more students to the minors, avoid course duplication and remain cost effective. The reorganization process resulted in three major actions. First, Faculty Governance granted Area and Global Studies “special unit” status as it transitions to a department. The unit required an administrative system with a director to oversee the transition, supervise faculty and staff, handle scheduling and chair the unit’s personnel review process. The second act was drafting the unit’s first strategic plan in 2011 with a mission, vision, goals and objectives for the next five years by a team of dedicated faculty representing all programs in Area and Global Studies. The final act occurred on April 22, 2011 when the members of the reorganization committee and faculty voted in support of the document and to move forward with the implementation of the strategic plan. It is important to note that Area and Global Studies was established as a unit in 2011, therefore this document represents the unit’s second strategic plan.

As a unit, Area and Global Studies is ever mindful of the guiding principles of Brooks College strategic plan, and strives to fulfill the unit’s mission to provide information and educate students to be well-informed global citizens who are knowledgeable, and creative in their thinking about cultures, problems, and perspectives of specific geographic regions, diverse groups of people and ethnicities. Area and Global Studies is guided by their vision to be recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in Interdisciplinary global and regional teaching, and learning, academic excellence, faculty and undergraduate research, and community engagement. Area and Global Studies will continue to model inclusion and foster a nurturing and creative environment that supports faculty, staff and students.

Mission

The mission of Area and Global Studies is to educate students to be well-informed global citizens who are knowledgeable and creative in their thinking about cultures, global issues and interrelated perspectives of diverse geographic regions, and groups of people and ethnicities.

Vision

Area and Global Studies will be a premier academic department committed to the advancement of global and regional learning, student-centered teaching, interdisciplinary research, and community engagement.

Value Statement

As a unit, Area and Global Studies values innovative interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research; high-impact/experiential learning; the advancement of global learning; nurturing a creative environment that supports faculty, staff, and students; a multiplicity of ideas, perspectives, and inquiries; interdisciplinary collaboration between programs within the unit, and across campus; cultural diversity and inclusion; and engagement with local, national, and global communities through learning, research, shared knowledge, partnerships, and collaboration. All Area and Global Studies values is to the benefit, professional growth and cultural development of the students we teach.

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 90% of Area and Global Studies majors or minors will participate in high-impact learning, i.e. study abroad experiential learning, and practicum by 2021.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
AGS is actively engaged in high-impact learning through a number of programs, e.g. Model Arab League (MES), Organization of American States (LAS) and the Namibia study abroad program. We also partner with local organizations to offer high-impact learning opportunities to AGS students in the form of internship and practicum. To expand these opportunities, the department has established the position of high-impact learning faculty liaison. We continue to work with Padnos International Center and other university services to gather more data on AGS majors and minors' participation in high-impact learning activities.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
In addition to the three opportunities within Area and Global Studies department - discussed in the last report, we will gather information from PIC about what percentage of AGS students participate in Study Abroad opportunities. In addition we will gather data about other high impact practices in the AGS classes.

Objective 1.A.2

90% of Area and Global Studies majors and minors will graduate with significant research, scholarly, or creative experience outside of the classroom by 2021.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
Independent study continues to be the venue through which AGS students acquire added research and scholarly skills.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Data to be collected

Objective 1.A.3

Area and Global Studies will increase the number of minors and majors by 20% each year in all programs by 2021.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
In 2018, the number of GSI majors stood at 29. It grew to 35 in 2019, which is an increase of 20% from the previous year.

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Making efforts towards recruitment of majors and minors.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Area and Global Studies will pay particular attention to first generation students and increase their retention and timely graduation rate by 20% in their sixth year for both minors and majors.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
In 2018, the ratio of not to first generation students was 17-12. In 2019, it stood at 26-8. We continue to have a sizeable population of first generation students.

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Data to be collected for timely intervention and advising of students

Objective 1.B.2

Area and Global Studies will increase the number of minorities and under-represented groups in its programs by 100% over the next five years.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
The total number of students of color among GSI majors stands at 6 down from 7 in 2018.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Area and Global Studies continues to attract and reflect diverse student populations in our programs.

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

Objective 1.C.1

Area and Global Studies will increase collaborative relationships with local, national, and international civic, academic, and cultural organizations by 50% over the next five years.

Baseline

Area and Global Studies has connections with at least 20 local, national, and international civic, academic, and cultural organizations.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
AGS concluded a partnership with Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy in Grand Rapids.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Continue to build on existing relationships

Objective 1.C.2

Area and Global Studies actively engages with our Alumni Association.

Baseline

Brooks college alumni initiatives

Progress

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
None

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
None

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

Objective 1.D.1

Area and Global Studies faculty will participate in innovative teaching and learning opportunities offered by the university.

Baseline

A number of AGS faculty have participated in Faculty Teaching and Learning ( FTLC) sponsored program and activities

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
FARS suggest that faculty continue to be engaged in professional development activities in the area of innovative teaching and learning, e.g. online teaching, CBL.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
FARs suggest most faculty are engaged in professional development activities - about teaching and learning, high impact practices, innovative teaching

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

Objective 1.E.1

Area and Global Studies will seek diverse sources of funding both externally and internally for high-impact learning opportunities.

Baseline

(0) To be developed.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
Faculty continue to seek funding opportunieis.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Digital Humanities Summer Institute grant awarded to one faculty - towards learning new technologies for classroom use

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

Area and Global Studies will coordinate curriculum development across all programs within the unit.

Baseline

Area and Global Studies will continue to support professional development opportunities for faculty

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
Department curriculum development guidelines have been adpoted to ensure transparency and greater coordination within the department.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
AGS department curriculum committee established - the AGS department is new (established July 2018). Discussions across of how to coordinate curriculum development in the department across the GSI major and Area Studies minors began in Fall 2018.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

Area and Global Studies will have an inclusive decision-making process involving all programs.

Baseline

AGS institutional culture - all faculty ( bringing multiple perspectives) are involved in decision making

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
The department's decision-making process is inclusive . New guidelines (e.g curriculum development) have been adopted to ensure inclusiveness.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Continue to include AGS's diverse faculty in the decision making process

Objective 2.B.2

Area and Global Studies will increase the number of inclusion advocates/champions by 50% among its faculty and staff by 2021.

Baseline

Currently: 0

Progress

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
AGS faculty are drawn from many disciplines - Sociology, Modern Languages and Literature, Political Science, History, English, Communications - therefore, bring diversity of thought, gender, ethnicity and life experiences

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

Objective 2.D.1

Area and Global Studies will continue to honor and celebrate the scholarly achievements of its faculty.

Baseline

To be developed.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Two faculty received external awards. Most faculty are engaged in scholarship.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Faculty Awards committee formed

Objective 2.D.2

Each year, at least 75% of the Area and Global Studies faculty (including non-tenure) and staff will participate in professional development opportunities - conferences, seminars.

Baseline

In progress.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
FARS reveal that 80% of facutly are engaged in various professional development activities.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
FARs reveals that more than 50 % TT faculty report activities towards this objective

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

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 3.B.1

Area and Global Studies will evaluate and improve the equity and inclusiveness of its policies, procedures, and practices.

Baseline

To be determined.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
AGS policies and practices reflect equity and inclusiveness as examplified in the search for a new TT faculty.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Adhered to Inclusive practices in hiring search

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

Objective 3.C.1

90% of Area and Global Studies students (majors, minors, and certificate students) will report their civic engagement activities and community partnerships in the university-wide internship management system.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
Data not collected yet.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Data not collected as yet

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

Objective 3.D.1

At least 90% of Area and Global Studies courses will be offered in innovative approaches, such as hybrid, online, and competency-oriented formats.

Baseline

4 trained faculty are currently offering hybrid and online courses.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
Number of courses using innovative delivery approaches continues to increase.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Several additional online courses/sections offered taught by AGS faculty

Objective 3.D.2

Area and Global Studies will increase the number of its courses in the Gen Ed curriculum.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
No new course received GenEd designation.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
No new courses offered in towards GenEd

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

Objective 3.E.1

Area and Global Studies will seek external funding in support of its programming and innovation initiatives.

Baseline

To be developed.

Progress

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
The department has yet to purposely focus on this objective.

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Not initiated

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

Area and Global Studies will encourage all majors and minors to apply for awards and scholarships.

Baseline

Area and Global Studies hosted over 50 events which included guest speakers, two conferences, two colloquiums, one author reception, one film festival, and one AAA graduation ceremony each semester.

Progress

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
There is no systematic approach toward this objective.

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Scholarship committee in AGS department

Objective 4.A.2

Area and Global Studies will support its faculty and staff seeking external professional development.

Baseline

6 faculty received some type of internal and/or external professional development funding.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
FARS show that AGS faculty are seeking external professional development.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Faculty FARs show that AGS faculty apply for grants

Objective 4.A.3

Over the next five years, at least 25% of Area and Global Studies faculty will receive some external recognition, i.e. semester abroad, fellowships, leadership in professional organizations, etc.

Baseline

To be collected.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
FARs show that faculty have received external recognition. One faculty received the Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for best doctoral dissertation in American Studies. Another faculty received the Trailblazers Award from the Black Muslim Psychology Conference. Another faculty was admitted as Fulbright Specialist Scholar.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
FARs reveal faculty continue activities in professional organizations. One faculty member's Fulbright Specialist project accepted ( application for membership in Fulbright Specialist Roster pending).

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 4.B.1

Over the next five years, Area and Global Studies will increase the number of visiting scholars from one to two per year from any region represented in our programs.

Baseline

Area and Global Studies hosted one visiting scholar in 2017.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
The department did not host any visiting scholars.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Invited scholar for Fulbright research activities, organized many events - speaker series in the LAS minor program, GSI major program Model Arab League,

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

Objective 4.C.1

Area and Global Studies will increase the number of collaborative initiatives with local, regional, national, and international institutions by 50% over the next five years.

Baseline

(1) Area and Global Studies has developed a partnership in Namibia - faculty led study abroad program (2) Faculty engage with local media sharing their expertise on a variety of topics

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
A new partnership was concluded with the Global Studies Academy in Grand Rapids, which is part of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Data not collected

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

Objective 4.D.1

Area and Global Studies will be known for its innovation, programming, and dissemination of information related to global and regional issues that includes existing and future programs.

Baseline

Area and Global Studies will hire new tenure-track faculty in Global Studies and Social Impact (GSI) and hired a tenure-track 2/3 African/African American Studies (AAA) and 1/3 Digital Studies (DS) joint-appointment faculty.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
A new TT faculty in Global Studies was hired. Global Express, a bi-weekly public forum on global affairs, was estsblished.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Hired Visiting Professor in Global Studies and Social Impact; New TT faculty with joint appointment in AAA and Digital Studies joined AGS. New search for TT faculty in GSI launched.

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

Objective 4.E.1

Area and Global Studies will be a major resource for the college and the university in promoting global learning.

Baseline

Numerous programs initiated

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
The department and all of its programs have hosted more than 30 events events aimed at promoting global learning. Global Express, a bi-weekly public forum on global affairs, was established.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The AGS Minor programs (LAS, MES, AAA and EAS) have have invited speaker to GVSU, many global topics were discussed.

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