Strategic Plan 2005-2010

Our mission is to facilitate the critical pursuit of knowledge in an environment of civility and tolerance by preparing educators and community professionals who impact the lives of adults and children. In accomplishing this mission, the College endeavors to focus its resources on excellent academic programs that are informed by meaningful professional service and scholarly activities, relevant to the needs of our constituencies, and subject to rigorous and ongoing scrutiny and improvement.

 

Goal #1

 

The College of Education and Human Services will advance the recruitment of academically ready and culturally diverse students and set occasions for their success. 

 

Action 1.1 The College will develop assertive procedures to increase the size and diversity of its student body.

Outcome 1.1a: The College will engage in focused marketing of its programs and services to specific prospective student audiences.

Assessment/Data Sources: Allocation of budget and personnel resources to marketing; copies of marketing materials; log of activities by the College Coordinator of Outreach and Recruitment.

Outcome 1.1b: Working within the context of the UNF "brand," the College will design and publish attractive brochures, flyers, booklets, and videos/DVDs to promote the COEHS and its programs.

Assessment/Data Sources: Copies of materials.

Outcome 1.1c: The College will increase undergraduate and graduate enrollment by at least 20% during the five-year period from 2006 to 2010.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual tracking of enrollment statistics.

Outcome 1.1d: The College will increase the gender and ethnic diversity of its student body during the five-year period from 2006 to 2010.

Assessment/Data Sources: Documentation of activities to attract diverse students; annual tracking of data on gender/ethnic diversity of students.

Outcome 1.1e: The College will increase the number of endowed merit-based student scholarships.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual review by the COEHS Director of Development of scholarship offerings.

Action 1.2 The College will maintain its commitment to exceptional advising services to its students by reducing the ratio of students to professional advisors, involving faculty effectively in the advising process, and increasing student access to advising.

Outcome 1.2a: The College will seek funding for the addition of academic advisors to its Student Services staff in accordance with enrollment growth and expansion of the College's mission.

Assessment/Data Sources: Appropriate placement of advising requests among priorities in annual budget requests.

Outcome 1.2b: The College will provide professional development to graduate faculty program sponsors with the goals of increasing their effectiveness in advising graduate students and assuring that all University and College policies are enforced during advising.

Assessment/Data Sources: Documentation from and attendance rosters for workshops and/or other activities held for this purpose.

Outcome 1.2c: The College will explore ways to involve faculty in undergraduate student advising.

Assessment/Data Sources: Report from the COEHS Student Issues Committee on faculty involvement in advising.

Action 1.3 The College will maintain a rigorous student performance assessment system for all of its students, benchmarking student outcomes to appropriate state and national standards, and, where appropriate, requiring students to meet FTCE exit testing requirements.

Outcome 1.3a: The College will seek and maintain permanent funding for the position of Assessment Associate.

Assessment/Data Sources: Recurring budget allocation to support this position.

Outcome 1.3b: Working cooperative with the Division of Instructional Technology Services, the College will maintain a state-of-the-art candidate assessment system for all students enrolled in its professional education programs.

Assessment/Data Sources: Regular review of the candidate assessment system by the Associate Dean and Assessment Associate to assure that (a) compiled data are being used meaningfully to improve our academic programs and (b) all procedures for collecting and analyzing data meet requirements of our accrediting bodies.

Outcome 1.3c: One hundred percent of students completing the College's professional education programs will meet appropriate benchmark standards on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and score at or above state minima for all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual data reports made to the Florida Department of Education.

 

Goal #2

The College of Education and Human Services will promote the successful learning of P-20 students through its high quality, performance-based educator preparation programs and relevant continuing education for all school personnel and will positively impact the lives of people through its professional programs in mental health counseling, sport management, and other human service areas.

 

Action 2.1 The College will maintain excellent external recognition by meeting the rigorous continuing accreditation and state program approval standards for its educator preparation, counselor education, and sport management programs.

Outcome 2.1a: The College will make yearly progress toward obtaining and maintaining its accreditations/approvals with NCATE, FDOE, CACREP, and CED.

Assessment/Data Sources: Review of data included in the following annual reports: AACTE, NCATE, FDOE Instructional Program Evaluation Plan.

Outcome 2.1b: The College will explore other external accrediting/approval bodies for recognition of its academic programs.

Assessment/Data Sources: Active pursuit of accreditation by NAASM for the program in Sport Management.

Action 2.2 The College will, on an ongoing basis, make modifications to its academic programs and governance structures to assure that the services it offers are state-of-the-art.

Outcome 2.2a: The College will critically examine and, as necessary, modify its programs on an ongoing basis in accordance with changes in accreditation standards, BOG/University mandates, changing needs and trends, and feedback from the professional community.

Assessment/Data Sources:
* Analysis of data from the electronic candidate assessment system.
* Program matrices showing match of educator preparation programs to new provisions of Rule 6A.
* Feedback from annual surveys of employers and graduates.
* Feedback from accrediting agencies.

Outcome 2.2b: The College will actively explore ways to increase the number of teachers prepared through alternative means via Project SUCCEED-UNF, formation of an Educator Preparation Institute, and other alternative educator preparation initiatives.

Assessment/Data Sources: reports on outcomes of Project SUCCEED-UNF, with focus on the number of persons completing the program eligible for educator certification; development of a report on alternatives available and the merits of pursuing each one.

Outcome 2.2c: The College will broaden its mission and commitment to the needs of its students and the profession via the creation of new degree programs to include: a B. S. degree in Sign Language Interpreting, an Ed. S. degree in Instructional Leadership, and a Ph. D. degree in Special Education.

Assessment/Data Sources: annual departmental reports of progress in moving these degree programs forward for approval and initiation.

Outcome 2.2d: The College will consider additional new majors/minors/tracks with the aim of broadening its mission and service function. Programs to be considered include: an undergraduate minor in Childhood Education, an undergraduate minor in Deaf Culture, a B. S. degree in Community Leadership, a Counselor Education M. Ed. Track in Substance Abuse Counseling, an M. A. T. degree in Secondary Education, an M. S. degree in Sport Management, an M. Ed. degree in Educational Psychology, an M. Ed. degree in Reading/Literacy Education, an M. Ed. degree in Instructional Technology, an Ed. S. degree in School Counseling, and a Ph. D. degree in Educational Leadership.

Assessment/Data Sources: inclusion of degree creation plans in annual departmental reports.

Action 2.3 The College will incorporate relevant transformational learning opportunities into its academic programs in accordance with student interests and available resources.

Outcome 2.3a: The College will increase the variety of placements for student teaching internships and other clinical placements, including placements in diverse local settings and challenging international settings.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual reviews by the Office of Educational Field Experiences of the range of schools, school districts, and community agencies in which students are being placed.

Outcome 2.3b: The College will increase the number and variety of international learning opportunities available to its students, creating appropriate international TLO experiences as student need and resources allow.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual reports of the number of students participating in international opportunities, the range of activities provided, and the number and nature of sites included; assessment data from the UNF International Center on TLOs funded by that office.

Outcome 2.3c: The College will increase the number of service learning and community leadership opportunities available to its students.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual reports of the number of students participating in service learning and community leadership opportunities, the range of activities provided, and the number and nature of experiences made available to students.

Action 2.4 The College will raise the visibility of its academic programs via University recognition initiatives and external awards and recognitions.

Outcome 2.4a: The College will actively seek University flagship designation for one or more of its academic programs.

Assessment/Data Sources: Submission of applications to the UNF Flagship Programs Review Committee.

Outcome 2.4b: The College will actively seek recognition of its academic programs via professional awards and recognitions.

Assessment/Data Sources: Submission of applications to relevant recognition/award programs.

Action 2.5 The College will devote itself to maintaining a curriculum that will provide students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to prepare them to work with individuals from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, including persons with disabilities.

Outcome 2.5a: The College will conduct regular audits of its curriculum to determine focus on diversity and multiculturalism.

Assessment/Data Sources: Submission of program content matrices to the College's program assessment officer; if necessary, documentation of efforts to create or modify courses to assure that sufficient attention to diversity is included in all academic programs.

Action 2.6 The College will prioritize programs and initiatives based on national trends, statewide imperatives, and availability of human and material resources.

Outcome 2.6a: Communicating regularly with the Florida Department of Education, the College will identify budgeting needs focused on implementing statewide imperatives affecting its programs.

Assessment/Data Sources: Placement of these items as high priorities in budgetary planning requests.

Action 2.7 The College will assure adequate facilities in which to maximize its mission and goals.

Outcome 2.7a: Working jointly with the University Administration and Office of Facilities Planning, the College will plan, construct, and occupy a major new College of Education and Human Services building with the goal of locating all persons and programs associated with the College within the facility.

Assessment/Data Sources: Regular monitoring of progress of the building plan with goal of completion of the building during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Action 2.8 The College will explore creative options for course delivery in an effort to meet student needs and increase the availability of its academic programs.

Outcome 2.8a: The College will increase the number of courses offered partially or fully via distance learning and take steps to offer at least one graduate program via distance learning.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual review of inventory of courses offered via distance learning or with distance learning components included in them; review of departmental annual reports to document progress in designing distance learning options for delivering programs.

Outcome 2.8b: The College will expand its community cohort graduate programs in education based on the needs and locations of the students and the schools/agencies in which they are employed.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual review of the progress of cohort programs.

Outcome 2.8c: The College will seek continued funding of its programs offered at international sites, including ongoing support for the graduate program in Belize as well as consideration of other sites where the College has developed notable interest (e.g., St. Kitts/Nevis, Antigua, Jamaica, Trinidad).

Action 2.9 The College will conduct regular satisfaction surveys of employers and graduates and will track retention rates of professionals who accept employment in P-12 educational settings.

Outcome 2.9a: A high percentage of graduates will find appropriate jobs and employees will be highly satisfied with graduates.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual review of outcome/satisfaction data with following benchmarks:
* Seventy-five percent of graduates will find employment in their job field within one year of graduation.
* Ninety percent of employers surveyed will express satisfaction with the quality of the College's graduates.
* Ninety percent of graduates of professional education programs who take positions with local school districts will be eligible for rehire after their first year of employment.

Goal #3

The College of Education and Human Services will advance the professional profile, diversity, and scholarly engagement of its faculty.

 

Action 3.1: The College will develop and implement assertive procedures to increase the size and diversity of its faculty.

Outcome 3.1a: The College will increase the gender and ethnic diversity of its faculty during the five-year period from 2006 to 2010.

Assessment/Data Sources: Documentation of activities to attract diverse students; annual tracking of data on gender/ethnic diversity of faculty.

Action 3.2 The College will maintain rigorous standards against which faculty performance will be assessed.

Outcome 3.2a: Each academic department in the College will conduct ongoing reviews of its criteria and procedures for annual evaluation of faculty.

Assessment/Data Sources: Departmental by-laws; departmental annual reports.

Outcome 3.2b: Each academic department will develop criteria for judging faculty merit.

Assssment/Data Sources: Departmental by-laws; departmental annual reports.

Outcome 3.2c: Each academic department will refine its procedures for making promotion and tenure decisions in accordance with the departmental and College missions and the goals of the department.

Assessment/Data Sources: Departmental by-laws; departmental annual reports.

Action 3.3 The College will increase its efforts toward gaining external grants and contracts to support rigorous faculty research and valuable faculty outreach efforts.

Outcome 3.3a: The College will facilitate faculty members' efforts to apply for external funding by providing resources, rewards, and incentives.

Assessment/Data Sources: As resources allow, granting of release time to faculty to develop grant proposals or to pursue other external funding opportunities.

Outcome 3.3b: The College will secure permanent funding for the position of a professional grant writer to assist faculty in preparing grant proposals.

Assessment/Data Sources: Recurring budget allocation to support this position.

Outcome 3.3c: The College will increase its total funding via external grants and contracts to $4 million annually by 2010.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual tracking of grant funding.

Action 3.4 The College will explore the use of start up funding, reassignment of time, professional development, and other human and resource allocation strategies to enhance the productivity of its faculty.

Outcome 3.4a: The College will provide reduced teaching loads to selected junior faculty during their first and fourth years in an effort to increase their scholarly productivity.

Assessment/Data Sources: Faculty FAR/FAIR reports documenting work assignments.

Outcome 3.4b: The College will explore and implement strategies for remunerating/rewarding faculty who serve as program leaders, participate in community partnership activities, prepare grant applications, or devote substantial time to other major initiatives within the College.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual review of policies for offering assistance in these areas.

Outcome 3.4c: The College will conduct professional development sessions and mentoring sessions to assist junior faculty in their acclimation to the university and to assist them in the promotion/tenure review process.

Assessment/Data Sources: Documentation of activities offered.

 

Goal #4

The College of Education and Human Services will expand its influence on the community, the profession, and educational policy via active partnerships and a proactive policy agenda.

Action 4.1 The College will effectively involve its professional communities in the planning, delivery, and assessment of its academic programs.

Outcome 4.1a: The College will expand the role of its Advisory Council for Teacher Education and its other programmatic advisory boards/councils.

Assessment/Data Sources: Re-writing of the charge for these groups to include more direct involvement in generating ideas for improvement of academic programs; increase in the number and variety of persons serving on these boards/councils.

Outcome 4.1b: The College will regularly gather feedback from external stakeholders (e.g., P-12 educators, employers) on the responsiveness of its programs and services.

Assessment/Data Sources: Reports compiling results from surveys and focus group sessions.

Outcome 4.1c: The College will expand partnerships with local school districts, regional educational professional development centers (e.g., Schultz Center, NEFEC), and area community colleges with the goals of (a) building professional development school relationships, (b) forging partnerships for the benefit of preparation of COEHS students and the improvement of P-12 schools, and (c) collaborating with districts and agencies on legislative initiatives in the mutual interest of all parties.

Assessment/Data Sources: Reports from the COEHS Long Range Planning Committee on possibilities for partnerships with the goal of broadening the discussion around the most promising ideas to a larger group of stakeholders.

Outcome 4.1d: The College will explore ways to work collaboratively with other UNF colleges and service units to enhance its academic programs and research and service initiatives.

Assessment/Data Sources: Reports from the COEHS Long Range Planning Committee on possibilities for partnerships with UNF colleges and service units; documentations of conversations and planning meetings held with the other units.

Action 4.2 The College of Education and Human Services will maintain a credible voice in state and local educational policy making, advocating for high quality student learning with policy makers and the community.

Outcome 4.2a: The College will sponsor community forums, lecture series, and other public events focused on key educational issues and initiatives, and participate actively in the Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education semi-annual meetings.

Assessment/Data Sources: Allocation of time and budget annually to events of this type.

Outcome 4.2b: The College will, in harmony with the University's Governmental Relations Office, set an agenda for making contacts with legislators and policy makers in Tallahassee and Washington.

Assessment/Data Sources: Log of contacts with the Vice President for Governmental Relations, conversations held, and strategies developed and implemented.

Action 4.3 The College will actively participate in state and national organizations devoted to high quality professional preparation programs and advancement of research in education and the human services.

Outcome 4.3a: The College will maintain active institutional memberships in the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Florida Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Multicultural Education, and the Mid-South Educational Research Association.

Assessment/Data Sources: Annual allocation of budget for memberships; active involvement of faculty and students in the activities of these and other relevant professional associations (e.g., making of presentations at association meetings, holding leadership positions, serving as journal editors).

Outcome 4.3b: The College will consider joining one or more inter-institutional organizations devoted to the advancement of teacher education as a University-wide function (e.g., The Renaissance Group).

Assessment/Data Sources: Documentation of discussions regarding these organizations focused on analyses of the qualifications and reputations of these groups.

Action 4.4 The College will raise funds from private sources to support key programs and learning opportunities, provide scholarships, enhance its facilities, and supplement its operating budget.

Outcome 4.4a: The College will work effectively with its Community Leadership Council to broaden the circle of friends of the College and identify potential donors to the College's projects and initiatives.

Assessment/Data Sources: Documentation of results of efforts by the COEHS Dean and Director of Development to broaden the number of College friends and donors.

Outcome 4.4b: The College will identify a suitable donor for an opportunity to name the College and make an "ask" of the donor to this effect.

Assessment/Data Sources: Proposal developed by Dean and Development Officer in conjunction with Institutional Advancement.

Outcome 4.4c: The College will garner support from its donors and friends to facilitate appropriate equipping of its new building via provision of naming opportunities for classrooms, laboratories, conference rooms, centers, etc.

Assessment/Data Sources: Documentation of activities by the Dean and Director of Development to make these opportunities available to potential donors; tracking of actual funds raised by this initiative.

Outcome 4.4d: The College will increase annual fund giving.

Assessment/Data Sources: Tracking of year-to-year trends in giving via UNF Foundation records.