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Strategic Plan for Movement Science

Mission

The Department of Movement Science is a multidisciplinary unit where faculty and students critically examine and apply scientific, clinical, educational, and cultural aspects of sport and movement to promote healthy living across the lifespan.

Vision

The Movement Science Department aspires to be a center of excellence in the diverse study of sport and human movement. Faculty will adopt innovative teaching techniques, actively collaborate in scholarship, foster critical thinking and support experiential learning. With a dynamic, student-centered focus on success; faculty and students will excel as leaders in their profession.

Value Statement

The Department of Movement Science Values:

Innovative and diverse methods of teaching - We promote multiple forms of content delivery through varied and innovative teaching techniques.

Collaborative scholarly and creative activity - We recognize that scholarly creative work is a high impact activity for students, and value the interaction between faculty and students in pursuing this form of inquiry.

Physical literacy - We value the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for a lifetime.

Diversity and cultural competency - We value diversity and inclusiveness in teaching, scholarship and service.

Inclusive living-learning communities - We value the opportunity for students to live in a shared community that allows for greater faculty and peer interaction and increases  opportunities for coordinated activities and resources in a socially and academically supportive residential living environment.

Experiential learning - We promote experiential learning within our curricula. Students learn to apply knowledge by being immersed within the professional environment.

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

By 2021, decrease the average tenure track faculty to student advising ratio in the Department of Movement Science to less than 1:60.

Baseline

Winter 2016: (1:19-1:164)

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
Average within our 22 faculty is 1:60 which continues to improve slightly on an annual basis. o 2 at 1:25, 1 at 1:94 o 9 faculty are below 1:60, the rest are above 60 (13 still above 60)

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
Winter 2018: (1:24 - 1:111), Avg. 1:67.45; Fall 2018: (1:24 - 1:117), Avg. 1:68.1 There were 20 TTF in both Winter 18 and Fall 18, but one faculty with a large advising load (1:109) left GVSU and we gained a new faculty in the Fall 2017 who began advising in the Fall 2018 with a small load to start (1;24). We have also added majors. In Winter 2018 we had 1349 students we advised, in Fall 2018 we advised 1363 students. Number of students advised has gone up while faculty numbers have remained. New hires are increasing in advising load allowing average to decrease slightly.

Objective 1.A.2

By Fall 2018, offer a Masters Degree in Athletic Training in the Department of Movement Science.

Baseline

April, 2016: New Program Prospectus approved

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
The first cohort in the Master of Athletic Training began in the Fall 2019. Twelve students were admitted to the program. National averages are around 4-6 students in first cohorts.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The MAT was approved by the Board of Trustees on April 27, 2018.

Objective 1.A.3

By 2021, conduct a needs assessment to explore current interest in graduate programming in the Department of Movement Science (by program)

Baseline

Program specific Pilot Survey by December 2016.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
The Master of Athletic Training program began its first cohort in the Fall 2019 with 12 admits. The MS department met with faculty in the Public Health department and have created a proposal for a Combined Degree in Exercise Science BS and Public Health MPH which is currently in the curricular review process.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
The Athletic Training program was approved as a Master of Athletic Training degree in April, 2018. The Department met with the Master of Public Health program in March, 2018 to explore the option of a Combined degree program. Discussions were positive but are currently on hold while revisions to the undergraduate Exercise Science program are ongoing.

Objective 1.A.4

Identify curricular barriers to degree completion in the Department of Movement Science

Baseline

2010 First time in any college (FTIAC) graduation data: Athletic Training: 76 FTIAC: graduated in major in: 4-years 2.63%; 5-years 5.26%; 6-years 5.26%, Percent seniors in major who graduated: 56.4% Exercise Science: 80 FTIAC: graduated in major in: 4-years 35%; 5-years 47.5%; 6-years 51.25%, Percent seniors in major who graduated: 58.3% Physical Education: 20 FTIAC: graduated in major in: 4-years 15%; 5-years 40%; 6-years 50%. Percent seniors in major that graduated: 49.5% College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 1702 FTIAC: graduated 4-years: 16.45%, 5-years 27.32, 6-years 29.38%. University: Percent seniors that graduated in their senior year: 54% The Department is creating a baseline data set to further examine barriers to degree completion. The numbers provided are a snapshot of a specific group of students (first time in any college). Athletic Training has a secondary admittance process, which further complicates numbers. The above numbers do not represent the high number of students who have been admitted to the Athletic Training program that graduate with a degree in Athletic Training (above 90%). Physical Education is a 5-year degree due to the double major of Physical Education and Education and therefore it is expected that most students will graduate in 5-years.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
Faculty determined that the objective as worded was not measurable; too broad. Therefore, this objective will be closed out and a new objective related to student retention rates will be created.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
In 2017 the Department examined only FTIAC data and determined the need to expand the scope to all majors within the department. In 2018, we expanded on this information to all enrolled majors in Movement Science. We see that overall enrollment is declining in all majors, with the highest proportion in Athletic Training which was expected due to the change in level of degree from Bachelor to Master level. In Physical Education, we recently split the major into two majors: Physical Education K-12 Professional Instruction and Sport Management. By doing this we will better be able to capture the changes occurring in this area. Exercise Science was negligible, but we will continue to examine the drop in numbers.

Objective 1.A.5

Develop student advising strategies in the Department of Movement Science that encourage student independence and ownership in course sequence planning

Baseline

TBD - establish outcomes data from Winter 2016 advising survey

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
We determined that the objective as written was not clear. We changed the "Enhance" to "Develop" student advising strategies. This will allow us develop measurable goals related to the objective.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
The Movement Science Department website has been updated, including advising information for all programs. Students are directed to refer to the updated website for current advising information. The website is updated on a regular website. In addition, at monthly unit meetings, the faculty encouraged to use the website for most current information when advising students. Students are encouraged by faculty to use the website for up-to-date advising materials as well.

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

Objective 1.C.1

Continue to offer and promote experiential learning and high impact opportunities for students in the Department of Movement Science

Baseline

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2013: student reported Learning Communities: AT - 38.5%, Ex Sci - 23.4%, PE - 21.4% Service Course: AT - 61.5%, Ex Sci - 60.9%, PE - 78.6% Research with Faculty: AT - 15.4%, Ex Sci - 18.8%, PE - 14.3% Internship: AT - 92.3%, Ex Sci - 70.3%, PE - 71.4% Study Abroad AT - 0%, Ex Sci - 14.1%, PE - 7.1% Two or More - AT - 76.9%, Ex Sci - 60.9%, PE - 53.6%

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
The Exercise Science program gathered data regarding high impact practices within the program and determined that they are engaging in 9/11 as recognized by the AAC&U. According to NSSE the program is engaging in 6/6 indicating that students are reporting involvement in high impact practices.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Each program within the Department engages in many of the AAC&U high impact practices. This period we identified the practices. It was determined by the faculty that to meet this objective we needed to better document what we are doing in each area by program to identify if there are areas of need. As can been seen in the action plan we have also determined that we should be highlighting what we are doing on the Department websites.

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

Objective 1.D.1

By 2021, increase teaching and research space (including laboratory), for instruction and scholarship.

Baseline

Ex Sci: 2800 sq. ft. dedicated space for teaching, 0 sq. feet for research Sport Leadership: 0 dedicated space for teaching and research Athletic Training: 1000 sq. ft shared teaching space + FH 32. 0 dedicated research space. Physical Education: Rec Center Courts 4 & 5 - shared teaching space

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
2 TT Faculty received temporary research space in Padnos starting Winter 2020 Received priority scheduling for 2 classrooms in FH Still inadequate space dedicated to the department for teaching, research and storage.

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
The Department Chair met with the Assistant VP for Academic Affairs in the summer 2018 and it was confirmed that the proposal for a Movement Science Building is still on the University Master Plan. The Chair and MS faculty also met with the Faculty Development Committee to discuss strategies to advocate for resources.

Objective 1.D.2

By 2021, revise curriculum in the Department of Movement Science to reflect current practice standards and innovations in the field (all programs)

Baseline

Dates of last curricular changes: PED: 2001, EX Sci: 2006, AT: 2004, SL: 2016

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Athletic Training started the Master of Athletic Training program in the Fall 2019 and has transitioned from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 2012 Standards to the CAATE 2020 Standards in Fall 2019. Physical Education has updated their curriculum to a combined Health and Physical Education major in compliance with the Michigan Dept. of Ed. Sport Management received approval to offer 4 courses in an online format. Exercise Science has a curricular proposal in SAIL that is currently at the departmental level.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management was approved and became effective Fall 2018. The Athletic Training major is in the process of transitioning from a Bachelor of Science Degree to a Masters of Athletic Training (MAT). The MAT was approved by the Board of Trustees in April 27, along with all curricular revisions and updates. Exercise Science has submitted several curricular revisions which have been supported through the University curricular system and will take effect Fall 2018. Exercise Science is continuing to revise curriculum to be in alignment with current ACSM Standards. All Physical Education (PED) 100 level courses have been approved with the FIT designation. All Syllabi of Record (SOR) have been updated for all courses in Movement Science.

Objective 1.D.3

Track the number of students in the Department of Movement Science participating in scholarly, leadership, and professional activities (presenting at SSD, co-authorship on presentation & publications, attendance at conferences)

Baseline

TBD - establish baseline

Progress

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Faculty determined that the objective needed to be changed to "Track" the number of students participating in scholarly, leadership, and professional activities vs. increase them. Appropriate metrics will be established next.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
For Athletic Training, we had a very high percentage of students attend both national and district conferences (40-60%), with a smaller percentage presenting, but still representing GVSU at both district and national conferences. The findings were slightly less for both Physical Education K-12 Professional Instruction (20-30%) student attendances at conferences, and Sport Leadership (10-20%), but the number of students presenting and publishing was consistent across majors. In Exercise Science there was a much lower percent of majors reported as attending conferences - less than 5%. There is a small number presenting, but the number is more in alignment with the number of faculty working with students to present which matches closer to the other majors in the Department.

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

Objective 1.E.1

By 2021, increase the percentage of student credit hours being taught by TTF to 65%.

Baseline

Winter 2016: 16 TTF. Percent credit hours taught by faculty for 2015-2016 are: 38% TTF, 39% VP & AFF, 23% Adjunct & Part-time. Athletic Training: 3 TTF Exercise Science: 7 TTF Sport Leadership: 4 TTF (1.25 dedicated) Physical Education: 2 TTF

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
During 2018-2019, only 47.5% of MOV SCH were taught by TT, 40.9% taught by AFF/VIS and 11.6% by PT. The %SCH taught by TT is significantly lower than other comparable units in CLAS (e.g., PSY 89.4%, BMS 64.2%, BIO 48.5%, CHM 58%, CLAS average 57.2%) and lower than the GV goal of 58%. The MOV strategic plan calls for 65% of SCH to be taught by TT by 2021. Furthermore, the current majors:TT ratio of 62:1 has detrimental impacts on the ability to support advising and is greater than other CLAS units (e.g., BIO 16:1, BMS 38:1, PSY 23:1). The MOV 2016-2021 Strategic Plan Goals include decreasing the advising ratio to less than 1:60.

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
During 2017-2018, only 43.2% of MOV SCH were taught by TT, 42.8% taught by AFF/VIS and 14.1% by PT. The %SCH taught by TT is significantly lower than other comparable units in CLAS (e.g., PSY 87%, BMS 63.7%, BIO 49%, CHM 57.2%, CLAS average 57.08%) and lower than the GV goal of 58%. The MOV strategic plan calls for 65% of SCH to be taught by TT by 2021. Furthermore, the current majors:TT ratio of 65:1 has detrimental impacts on the ability to support advising and is greater than other CLAS units (e.g., BIO 17:1, BMS 39:1, PSY 23:1). The MOV 2016-2021 Strategic Plan Goals include decreasing the advising ratio to less than 1:60.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

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

Objective 2.C.1

Increase faculty collaboration in the Department of Movement Science in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and initiatives.

Baseline

TBD - Establish baseline data of collaborations by rank by April 2017

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
We know that we have collaborations both in the unit and beyond. This year our goal was to collect information on collaborations outside of the unit. We identified that we need to develop a systematic approach for collecting this data in the department.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
It was evident after collecting this information that the faculty in the Department of Movement Science are doing an excellent job on collaborating on teaching, scholarly work, and other initiatives, including advising students in the Movement Science House, within the Department.

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

Objective 2.D.1

Identify and develop initiatives to support faculty in the Department of Movement Science who seek tenure and promotion at all ranks (including affiliate).

Baseline

TBD - By December 2016 determine current years of service by faculty at all ranks

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
The department has revised Assistant Professor mentoring documents, a FAP and FAR faculty development review committee was initiated and rubrics were created. Unit head reviews recommendations provided by the FAP/FAR faculty development review committee, and has become intentional about discussing progress at year end individual faculty meetings.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Since the inception of this objective we have made continued progress with faculty moving through the tenure and promotion process at all ranks. Currently 1/3 of the Department (7 faculty) has achieved Professor rank. In the fall 2017 we had one promotion to Professor and in winter 2018 we had 3 successful contract renewals.

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

Objective 2.E.1

Promote equitable load distribution across faculty in the Department of Movement Science (teaching & service)

Baseline

Establish baseline load (advising, teaching preps, service) by rank by April 2018.

Progress

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
It was determined on the FAP/FAR reviews that all faculty within the department are teaching 18 credits/year which means they are meeting expectations. The discussion really is related to equitable service within the unit. We need to determine what is needed in the unit in the area of service and how/who are filling these areas of need.

2018 Status
Not Yet Initiated
This objective has not yet been initiated. Equitable teaching workload is difficult due to the many needs across programs and the department. If everyone is teaching their 9 credit load plus engaging in the 3 credits of area of focus, then it is up to the Chair to determine equitable load based on department needs. Up for more discussion is service where the Department has discussed whether service should be more quantified to better determine/define equitable within the Department. With the University's change to the definition of Service the Department will be engaging in discussions within the next year to examine what this will look like in the future.

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

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

Objective 3.E.1

Re-establish Movement Science Departmental committee compositions, structures, and functions

Baseline

Current committee bylaws and structure

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
The Bylaw Committee met in 2019 and created an initial draft of unit Bylaws. Committees were created within the Dept. to review individual areas of the draft. Next steps will involve committee meetings to review the draft.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
The Department has created a workgroup to update Department by-laws.

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

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

Objective 4.D.1

By 2021, improve marketing and visibility of programs and Department initiatives (college, university, community, profession)

Baseline

Website: CMS3, faculty profile status - determine dates last updated, outdated banners, establish GV media baselines

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
New banners were created for the Movement Science Department and Movement Science House. A Sport Management video and table cover were created. Sport Management also had television coverage on Fox 17 regarding their work with Rally with the Rapids. Exercise Science established social media sites. Athletic Training continued to work with Institutional Marketing to develop materials for marketing the new Master of Athletic Training program.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Fall 2018, draft copies of promotional materials for the Department, including updates to Athletic Training were submitted to marketing and are currently in progress. Sport Management updated materials in 2018 and are currently in use for program promotion. Websites for all programs were updated and are current. An inaugural Movement Science Dept. Alumni Newsletter was created and disseminated February of 2018.

Objective 4.D.2

By 2021, promote and encourage an increase in number of faculty nominated for awards, both internally and externally

Baseline

TBD - by December 2016 establish baseline over past 5 years.

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
In 2019 nominations for awards and recognitions were down compared to 2018. Chris Dondzila in Exercise Science was nominated for and received the Early Career Scholar Award.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Within the department we had 3 nominees for University level awards and 2 faculty received awards. In Exercise Science: Kyle Barnes received the Distinguished Early Career Scholar award. In Physical Education: Ingrid Johnson received the Pew Teaching Excellence award and the SHAPE America Mentor Award.

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