Strategic Plan

The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work Strategic Plan AY2007-AY2012

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SSW PLANNING PRIORITY AREA 1: CURRICULUM

Vision: Create a curriculum that is based within the context of diversity, demography, technology, and globalization.

Relationship to University Planning Priorities:

UTA Planning Priority I: Provide a high quality educational environment that contributes to student academic achievement, timely graduation and preparation to meet career goals.

Goal 1: Attract students with strong academic backgrounds and qualifications.
Goal 2: Increase the effectiveness of the learning process.
Objective 1: Improve faculty teaching. Objective 2: Enhance student learning.
Goal 3: Improve undergraduate and graduate student persistence, graduation, and professional placement rates.

SSW Goals:

1.Increase the consistency between the SSW vision, mission, and conceptual framework with the curriculum, field instruction, and evaluations.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Review curriculum goals against CSWE reaffirmation accreditation standards

Submission of Self Study Document

Reaffirmation team, Curriculum & Content Area Committees, all faculty

Fall 2007

Review core courses for consistency of content

Submission of Self Study Document

Reaffirmation team, Curriculum & Content Area Committees

Fall 2007

Promote linkages between curriculum content areas including field

Submission of Self Study Document

Reaffirmation team, Curriculum & Content Area Committees

Fall 2007

Present curriculum conceptual

framework to adjuncts and field instructors

Coverage in adjunct and field orientations

Associate Dean, program directors, & Field Office

2007

Consider new curriculum areas (gerontology, health, addictions, etc.)

FA decision made

Curriculum Committee, Content Areas

2007

2.Increase emphasis on the student assessment system.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Restate BSW, MSSW, & PhD program objectives and content area objectives and course objectives in measurable terms

Submission of Self Study Document

Reaffirmation team, Content Areas

2007

Develop an assessment of competency and skills within the core curriculum

Assessment measures available

Content Area Committees, Program Directors

2009

Assess students’ competencies and skills

Administration of measures and tabulation of results

Program Directors, Associate Dean

Annually beginning Fall 09


SSW PLANNING PRIORITY AREA 2: RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

Vision: Be a place where the faculty create new knowledge, integrate previous knowledge, and disseminate knowledge.

Relationship to University Planning Priorities:

UTA Planning Priority III: Enhance The University of Texas at Arlington’s research, scholarly, and creative capacity and reputation.

Goal 1: Show significant improvement in institutional and program rankings.

SSW Goals:

1.Increase the number of research grants submitted by and awarded to UTA SSW faculty.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Continue providing GRA, travel and consultation support for faculty working on internal and external grant development

Resources used and increased submissions using merit document data

Dean, Faculty Development & Review Committee

Ongoing

Increase faculty utilization of available research resources

Resources used and increased submissions using merit document data

Dean, Faculty Development & Review Committee

Ongoing

Continue developing research capacity building workshops for faculty and PhD students

At least 2 workshops held annually

Associate Dean, Faculty Development & Review Committee

Ongoing

Increase mentoring by successful faculty grant writers

Number of submissions and awards reported as involving faculty mentoring on annual merit statement

Faculty Development and Review Committee

Ongoing

Hire and retain faculty with skills and/or interest in grant writing

Increased collaborative grant submission by new faculty as reported in merit document data

Faculty Search Committee, Faculty Development and Review Committee, Dean

Ongoing

Increase the priority faculty give grant writing as part of their work

Annual statement in merit document

Faculty Development and Review Committee

Ongoing

2. Increase scholarship by UTA SSW faculty

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Increase mentoring by successful faculty authors

Increased collaborative publications by new faculty using merit document data and annual statement

Faculty Development and Review Committee, Associate Dean

Ongoing

Hire and retain faculty with skills and/or interest in publishing

Increased publications by new faculty using merit document data

Faculty Search Committee, Faculty Development and Review Committee, Dean

Ongoing

Continue assignment of faculty to teach fewer classes if scholarship level is at appropriate level

Increased publications by faculty using merit document data

Dean, Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Review Committee

Ongoing

Revise the merit document to include an appropriate number of merit points for submitting a manuscript

Merit document changes considered

Development and Review Committee

Changes effective in 2007

Develop a process of cultivating probationary faculty toward tenure

Number of successful candidates for tenure and promotion

Faculty Development and Review Committee, Associate Dean

2012


SSW PLANNING PRIORITY AREA 3: EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT TO STUDENTS

Vision: Insure a quality educational experience for students.

Relationship to University Planning Priorities:

UTA Planning Priority I: Provide a high quality educational environment that contributes to student academic achievement, timely graduation and preparation to meet career goals.

Goal 1: Attract students with strong academic backgrounds and qualifications.
Goal 2: Increase the effectiveness of the learning process.
Objective 1: Improve faculty teaching. Objective 2: Enhance student learning.
Goal 3: Improve undergraduate and graduate student persistence, graduation, and professional placement rates.

SSW Goals:

1. Improve student persistence rates and graduation.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Increase the number of highly qualified students

Annual profile of entering students (GRE, GPA, etc) and performance in program

Director of Admissions, Program Directors, Assistant Dean

Ongoing

Increase the frequency and quality of contacts between advisers and advisees

Evaluation of advising data

Program Directors, Advisers

2007

Continue to improve student advising

At least 2 advising workshops held per semester, data from student evaluation of advising, alumni data related to advising

Program Directors, Faculty Advisors, Associate Dean

Ongoing

Increase instances of professional advising

Documentation of professional advising by advisers

Program Directors, Advisers

Ongoing

Explore the concept of a student services center

Decision on center made

Student Relations Committee, Administration

2008

Explore activities and mechanisms that foster mentoring of students by faculty, alumni, and fellow students

Mentoring explored.

Student Relations Committee

2007

Maintain Student Forums with Dean, Field Information Sessions, Field Day, and other activities to inform students of opportunities that exist for educational, professional, and personal development.

Number of activities held

Faculty Student Relations Committee, Director of Field, Program Directors, Dean

Annually

Update student handbooks and web sites

Updated handbooks & web sites

Program Directors, Director of Field

Annually

Develop advisers handbook

Handbook developed

Program Directors

2008

3. Maintain a curriculum that prepares students for professional practice and is responsive to student needs.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Produce annual educational outcomes report to Curriculum Committee and Faculty Assembly

Data from outcome measures

Program Directors, Associate Dean

Fall of each AY

Implement a curriculum review based on outcome data.

Reports of curriculum review by respective committees

Content Area Committees, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Assembly

Annually

Review student evaluations of instruction in annual review of faculty performance

Faculty ratings on student evaluation of instruction

Dean

Annually

Assessment student perceptions of educational experience

Educational Outcome Measures

Program Directors, Associate Dean

Annually

Incorporate educational outcomes in Unit Effectiveness Plan

Assessment of Unit Effectiveness Plan

Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, Strategic Planning Committee

2007

Increase student participation in appropriate committees

Regular student participation in committees

Committee Chairs Student constituency council

Annually

Develop a plan for distance education course offerings and programs

Plan developed and approved by Faculty Assembly

Strategic Planning Committee, Program Directors

Fall 2007

Increase opportunities for student engagement in research

Number of students who participate in research with faculty or in ACES, complete theses, or are McNair Scholars

Program Directors, Faculty Student Relations Committee

2008


SSW PLANNING PRIORITY AREA 4: SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Vision: Become a partner with and provide leadership for human service and social work professional activities in order to connect with and serve the community

Relationship to University Planning Priorities:

UTA Planning Priority VI: Build external collaborations and partnerships which contribute to economic, social, and cultural development.

Goal 1: Establish more effective collaboration with neighboring colleges, universities, and school districts.
Goal 2: Improve the quality and accessibility of educational opportunities offered to all students (K-16).
Goal 3: Establish more effective collaboration with regional government entities.
Goal 4: Establish more effective collaboration with targeted international institutions.
Goal 5: Establish more effective collaborations with the private and not-for-profit sectors.

SSW Goals:

1. Create a SSW that is a lively and dynamic resource hub of professional knowledge and technical assistance available to the community.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Support and develop continuing education programs

Self-supporting PD program

Professional Development, Assistant Dean

2007

Identify community opportunities for SSW faculty consultation, partnering, joint projects, and representation on local boards and committees through stakeholders conferences, community leaders events,

and other networking activities

Assessment completed and report produced

Community Services Center, Associate Dean

2007

Implement plan for Community Dialogue Forums between faculty and community practice representatives

Hold at least 2 community dialogue forums annually

Coordinator of Advancement

2007

Re-examine the merit document to insure that community service is appropriately credited

Merit document changes considered

Development and Review Committee

Changes effective in 2007

2. Increase integration between the SSW and the community with an emphasis on ethnically diverse and underserved communities.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Develop funded grant opportunities targeting diverse populations

Number of funded projects targeting diverse populations

Faculty PIs, Center Directors, Associate Dean

Fall 09

Develop and offer courses and seminars in different localities.

Number of courses offered online and outside UTA

Professional Development, Program Directors, Associate Dean

2008

Seek funding from corporations and foundations to provide resources for community activities

Number of event sponsors

Coordinator of Advancement, UTA Development Office

2009

Broaden and develop activities of the Community Services Center

Current Center’s Plan implemented

Community Service Centers, Associate Dean

2008


SSW PLANNING PRIORITY 5: STUDENT LIFE, ALUMNI, AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY

Vision: Promote knowledge and activities that lead to a climate of life-long learning among students, alumni, and the human service professional community.

Relationship to University Planning Priorities:

UTA Planning Priority I: Provide a high quality educational environment that contributes to student academic achievement, timely graduation and preparation to meet career goals.

UTA Planning Priority II: Provide an enriching university experience for all members of the UTA community.

UTA Planning Priority III: Enhance The University of Texas at Arlington’s research, scholarly, and creative capacity and reputation.

Goal 3: Foster increased contributions by alumni, friends, and the private sector that can be used to enhance the University’s research, scholarly and creative capacity.

UTA Planning Priority VI: Build external collaborations and partnerships which contribute to economic, social, and cultural development.

UTA Planning Priority VII: Promote a culturally diverse and inclusive university community.

SSW Goals:

1. To more closely link SSW teaching and research with the alumni and professional community

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Preserve current links and activities with the UTA alumni office

Links and activities maintained

Assistant Dean, Coordinator of Advancement,

Ongoing

Create a SSW Alumni Chapter

Established SSW Alumni chapter

Assistant Dean, Coordinator of Advancement, UTA Alumni Assn.

2008

Encourage and support research that is funded and unfunded (with future funding potential) with community agencies

Number of proposals submitted/funded with community partnerships

Center Directors and Faculty, Associate Dean

Ongoing

Link the activities of SSW centers more closely with the faculty, alumni, and professional community

Implement centers plan, periodic centers report at FA.

Center Directors and Faculty, Associate Dean, all faculty

2009

Increase circulation of printed school newsletter

Increased circulation

Coordinator of Advancement

2007

Develop and disseminate an online version of the school newsletter

Online version developed and disseminated

Coordinator of Advancement

2007

2. Increase non-classroom educational activities that improve socialization between faculty, administration, students, alumni, and the professional community.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Implement a speaker series for faculty, students, alumni and the community

Speaker series developed

Asst. Dean, SSW Development Office, all faculty

2008

Hold educational events that highlight significant research and creative activities by, students (especially Ph.D.) and community agencies

Events held

Professional Development, Asst. Dean, SSW Development Office, all faculty

2011

3. Enhance the professional development program’s market share amidst continuing competition and its role in bringing together faculty, students, and the professional community.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Develop a faculty, student, and alumni advisory body for the Professional Development Program

Advisory body formed

Professional Development, Asst. Dean, Faculty Assembly

2007

Develop strategic plan for Professional Development Program

Strategic Plan developed and implemented

Professional Development Program Director, PD Advisory Committee, Assistant Dean

2007

Develop annual evaluation for Professional Development Program

Evaluation Plan developed and implemented

Professional Development Program Director, PD Advisory Committee, Assistant Dean

2007

Explore certificate programs available to faculty, students, and the community, such as in nonprofit management

Certificate programs considered or developed

Content Areas, all faculty

2008


SSW PLANNING PRIORITY AREA 6: SCHOOL FUNCTIONING Vision: Have faculty and staff resources that support and advance the school’s teaching, research, and service goals.

Relationship to University Planning Priorities:

UTA Planning Priority IV: Use available compensation resources for faculty, staff and students to build excellence.

Priority VIII: Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of University operations.

Goal 1: Match administrative infrastructure to size, complexity and demands placed on unit.
Goal 2: Reduce unnecessary bureaucratic processes.
Goal 3: Provide programs and services in ways that control costs and conserve resources.

UTA Planning Priority IX: Embrace a dynamic culture of planning, evaluation, and assessment to ensure progress toward the University goals.

Goal 1: Develop a culture of meaningful assessment within all parts of the University.

SSW Goals:

1. Function efficiently and effectively in order to improve the school.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Create a data driven planning environment

Bi-annual Review of Strategic Plan with revisions as needed, Redrafting of Strategic Plan during AY 2010

Dean, Strategic Planning Committee

2009

Maintain faculty and staff positions at full complement

Elimination of unfilled positions within a reasonable search period

Dean, Faculty Search Committee, Staff Supervisors

2009

Bring diversity representation of faculty into EEO compliance

Percentage of ethnic minority faculty

Dean, Faculty Search Committee

Fall 2010

Minimize faculty and staff turnover

Reduction of faculty and staff attrition

Dean, Faculty Development and Review Committee, Faculty Student Relations Committee, Staff supervisors

2010

Use the first annual faculty assembly meeting to develop a consensus regarding the short term interests of the SSW

SSW interests considered at 1st faculty mtg

Dean, Faculty Assembly Chair or designate

Ongoing

Conduct a bi-annual survey of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders needs and interests including infrastructure and funding

Survey completed biannually

Dean, Strategic Planning Committee

Bi- annually, begin 2007

Develop mechanism for effective support and supervision of adjunct faculty

Responses on bi-annual survey

Program Directors, Content Area Chairs, Associate Dean

2008

Increase adjuncts’ connection to UTA by providing work space, bios on web site, parking access, making sure they understand the benefits of complete library access, etc.

Adjunct responses on bi-annual survey

Associate Dean

2007

Increase field instructor’s connection to UTA by increasing participation in Field Academy, strengthening faculty liaison activities, maintaining regular communication, etc.

Field Instructor responses on bi- annual survey

Director of Field, Associate Dean

2007

Improve classroom infrastructure to enhance teaching, e.g., smart classrooms, A/C, lighting

Responses on bi-annual survey

Assistant Dean, Strategic Planning Committee

2007

Update Faculty Manual bi-annually and move manual online

Updated Manual

Assistant Dean, Strategic Planning Committee

2007 & bi-annually thereafter

Evaluate continued effectiveness of Faculty Assembly structure and functions

Survey of faculty

Strategic Planning Committee

2009

2. Seek additional sources of support and resources to enhance capacity for carrying out the school’s mission and goals.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Increase the number of high quality students

Annual profile of entering students (GRE, GPA, etc) and performance in program

Director of Admissions, Program Directors, Assistant Dean

Ongoing

Develop a SSW students growth plan along with the necessary faculty, staff and infrastructure

Growth plan approved by administration and Faculty Assembly

Strategic Planning Committee

2009

Build the scholarships available to students

Increased amount of scholarship money awarded

Advancement Coordinator, UTA Development, School Advisory Committee

Ongoing

Develop and maintain a “friends of the School” list including email addresses

Current list available

Coordinator of Advancement

2006

Improve contributions to annual TeleFund

Increased contributions

UTA Office of Development, Coordinator of Advancement

Ongoing

Increase percentage of faculty and staff contributions to school fundraising efforts until reach target of 75%

Percent of faculty and staff contributing

Coordinator of Advancement, Faculty Assembly

Ongoing


SSW PLANNING PRIORITY AREA 7: INTEGRATION WITH THE LARGER UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY

Vision: Promote integration of SSW and UTA resources, mission, and vision.

Relationship to University Planning Priorities:

UTA Planning Priority II: Provide an enriching university experience for all members of the UTA community.

SSW Goals:

1. Maintain and develop effective SSW integration with the university community.

Strategies and Tasks

Key indicators/ Resources

Responsible entities

Timeline

Have each faculty member serve on at least one non-SSW UTA committee

Merit document

Faculty Representative on Elections Committee, Faculty Representative on Committee on

Ongoing

Develop opportunities to promote the strengths and professional identity of the SSW with other UTA departments and schools and with other universities

Events involving the larger UTA community

Coordinator of Advancement, Strategic Planning Committee

Ongoing

Develop events that involve other departments or faculty in SSW scholarship, teaching, and community initiatives

Events involving the larger UTA community

Coordinator of Advancement, Strategic Planning Committee

Ongoing

Invite departmental/school administrators to SSW faculty meetings to share SSW activities and priorities

Faculty meeting guests

Faculty Assembly Chair

Ongoing