College of Education & Human Development Strategic Plan (2013-2020)
Over 45 years, the College of Education & Human Development has experienced significant student and resource growth, been recognized for its development of effective teachers, increased external funding, and assembled an internationally recognized faculty. The college has made great strides since its founding, and our future is even brighter. For the College of Education & Human Development to reach its potential in impacting change on local, state, national, and international levels, a clear and articulated vision is necessary. With this spirit, we created this Strategic Plan.
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Georgia State University’s College of Education & Human Development is committed to high quality instruction, high-impact research, and equitable, excellent service to our students. The CEHD seeks to create an inclusive environment that fosters, embraces, and protects the free exchange of ideas. Academic freedom is a central tenet of the CEHD. Faculty should be free and encouraged to follow their intellectual interests. The CEHD will support academic scholarship and research that deepens scholarly inquiry and our understanding of a range of educational professions and issues. Our student population reflects the diverse composition of our state and nation. This diversity is a valued asset essential to the college’s success. We value groups with diverse gender, racial, ethnic, religious, nationality, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic statuses and backgrounds.
Further collaborations within the college and across the university, as well as strong partnerships with community resources, will be critical in achieving the objectives in this document. The CEHD is located in an urban metropolitan area that is a leading hub for business, culture, transportation, sports, and politics in the Southeastern US. The college recognizes and seeks to enhance its international role in developing future leaders and practitioners in the fields of education, human development, and health-related fields. Future efforts to address the needs of our cities and their citizens will require that faculty and students understand complex systems and identities and integrate advanced learning technologies.
Understanding, embracing, and addressing the multifaceted needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learners, while offering effective and accommodating programming, are essential to the college’s continued success. The CEHD has been and will remain steadfast in its commitment to developing professional educators to meet student needs. In addition, the CEHD is well positioned to build on its accomplishments in advancing the fields of mental and physical wellness. Future success for the college is contingent on strengthening both components and not to the detriment of either.
The CEHD will develop and research strategies, policies, and practices to develop and support professional educators to ensure success for all learners.
The CEHD will continue to build upon its legacy of preparing accomplished professional educators for careers that focus on teaching students and/or supporting student learning in ways that impact practices in 21st century schooling. The CEHD currently offers successful undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree programs for professional educators, including early childhood education, middle-secondary education, special education, school psychology, health and physical education, and educational leadership. The CEHD will continue to provide preparation of professional educators in these disciplines while also exploring interdisciplinary collaborations within and outside the University that extend the appeal and reach of our professional education programs. All professional education programs will maintain a high level of personal contact with students, including high quality field, practicum, and clinical experiences in a wide range of educational settings.
The CEHD will recruit, retain, and graduate high-achieving students via undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree professional education programs. The CEHD will enhance efforts such as:
- (a) recruitment through improved marketing and communications,
- (b) communication among the Office of Academic Assistance (OAA), students, staff, and faculty,
- (c) outreach and advisement to prospective students in other colleges across the University,
- (d) merit-based scholarship programs for all students, inclusive of students with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds, and
- (e) student financial support (e.g., internal and external funding of GRAs and GTAs). Additionally, we will enhance our communications with students about the availability of student financial support (e.g., external scholarships, financial aid, loan forgiveness programs) through improved website resources and financial counseling.
A. Recruitment through improved marketing and communications
- Hired graduate recruitment and marketing specialist
- Contract with marketing firm
- Webpage redesign to highlight graduate recruitment (with videos and podcasts)
- Increased use of social media
- Friday distribution of contacts and inquiries by Office of Academic Assistance
- Enhanced academic advisement (e.g., student academic ambassadors in departments)
- Expanded communication using the internet to recruit students who are practitioners and leaders (e.g., GoToMeeting use in educational leadership)
B. Communication among the OAA, students, staff and faculty
- Action request unclear
C. Outreach and advisement to prospective students in other colleges across the university
- Participation in program conducted by Associate Provost
D. Merit-based scholarship programs for all students
- 18 new endowed student scholarships
- New alumni scholarship (2/year)
- Reactivated scholarship fund administered by CEHD Committee on Student Affairs
E. Student financial support (e.g., internal and external funding of GRAs and GTAs)
- Increased number of Dean's Fellows and amount of award
- 17 additional GRAs funded through Dean's Office, and funds placed directly in department budgets
- Grant proposals now require budget item (s) for funding of students
F. Enhance communications with students about the availability of student financial support (e.g., external scholarships, financial aid, loan forgiveness programs, out-of-state waivers) through improved website resources and financial counseling
- Webpage for GRA and scholarship info being prepared
The CEHD will enhance the integration of learning technologies in all professional educator programs.
The learning environments of the 21st century require that our professional educators are well-prepared to design, use, and teach about learning technologies. Therefore, the CEHD will augment the diversity of its pedagogical platforms to accommodate the needs of professional educators.
A. Our professional educators are well-prepared to design, use and teach about learning technologies... we will augment the diversity of our pedagogical platforms to accommodate the needs of professional educators.
- Creation of Learning Technologies Division
- New maker room, the Technology and Innovation Learning Environment
- Members of Learning Technologies Division offer sessions as part of Professional Development Wednesdays, on Tuesdays and individually (T-ASK)
The CEHD, as part of a research intensive university, will support the involvement of professional educators in conducting basic and applied research.
In particular, this research will be performed by faculty members, doctoral students, and teachers across various learning environments, including but not limited to classrooms, schools, and educational systems.
A. Support the involvement of professional educators in conducting basic and applied research
- Creation of Office of Research Methodology Consulting
The CEHD will strengthen its commitment to preparing professional educators by making the process of locating field, practicum, and clinical experiences more efficient and better organized across programs.
We will create a well-trained, centralized entity that is responsible for maintaining and enhancing positive relationships with current school and community partners, managing field placements, and administering clinical-related contracts and other agreements.
A. Making the process of locating field, practicum and clinical experience more efficient and better organized... and create a centralized entity
- Creation of Office of Field Placements
- Revised programs to meet Professional Standards Commission standards
The CEHD will prepare practitioners, leaders, and scholars who are committed to the advancement of individuals’ mental, intellectual, and physical well-being across the lifespan.
The CEHD recognizes the importance of working to strengthen mental and physical well-being and human development as well as to advance societal organizations and structures that support this work. We will strive to recruit and prepare outstanding students to be successful practitioners, leaders, and scholars in their chosen fields. Building upon and enhancing collaborations within and outside the university will strengthen existing programs and promote the reputation of the college.
The CEHD will remain committed to the national recruitment and retention of high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to the advancement of mental and physical well-being of individuals across the lifespan.
Essential plans to enhance recruitment include strengthening intra-disciplinary communications through more closely coordinated, collaborations and enhancing marketing efforts and advisement to prospective students in other colleges across the University about programs and opportunities in the CEHD. Financial support will be sought for:
- (a) increasing accessibility to and the number of merit-based scholarships for all students inclusive of persons with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds;
- (b) expanding student financial support so that graduate students can pursue their chosen degree programs with minimal student loans and can enroll full-time to pursue graduate programs; and
- (c) improving financial support via internal/external scholarships and fellowships, GRAs and GTAs through an increase in external funding for masters and doctoral students. These efforts will allow the CEHD to be nationally and globally competitive in the recruitment of high-quality scholars, especially graduate students.
A. Merit-based scholarship programs for all students
B. Expanding student financial support
C. Increase internal/external scholarships, GRAs and GTAs through an increase in external funding for masters and doctoral students
- Increased number of Dean's Fellows and amount of award
- Proposals now require student funding in the budget
- 18 new endowed scholarships
The CEHD will create and implement further innovative and interdisciplinary programs that address emerging fields and societal needs.
The CEHD is well suited to build and sustain collaborations between departments, colleges and community agencies. For example, current programs between Exercise Science and the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Rehabilitation Counseling and the Institute of Public Health. Opportunities for collaborations between the college and other agencies (through research and internships) include, but are not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals, business, and professional sports organizations.
A. Create innovative and interdisciplinary programs
- Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) degree
- Ed.D. in College Teaching proposal in development
The CEHD will implement innovative instructional delivery options which are responsive to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learners.
Learner needs include access to a variety of learning tools, cooperative learning, internship opportunities, research and field experiences, and increased flexibility of schedules. It is acknowledged that a robust technology infrastructure must be in place and maintained to make possible various delivery modes.
A. Implement innovative instructional delivery options; access to a variety of learning tools, cooperative learning, internship opportunities, research and field experiences, and increased flexibility of schedules.
- Hybrid courses
- Planning for new science education classroom
- Lecture capture capability
The CEHD will sustain and enhance its presence as a leading public research institution that addresses the critical issues of the 21st century.
Scholarly inquiry is central to the CEHD’s activities, inspiring teaching and enabling service. The CEHD has a vigorous and high-caliber community of scholars dedicated to improving human conditions, by addressing real-world problems and by critical investigations. The college will work to further inculcate a systemic focus on excellence and create an environment and culture optimized to encourage world-class inquiry to thrive.
The CEHD will enhance its culture of life-long learning by supporting professional development through research.
Advances in research methodologies, new modes of communication and information technologies, changing social mores and cultural conventions, and ethical obligations all have an impact on our research. To participate as leaders in our respective fields, CEHD faculty must remain current in multiple fields of study. We will expand our ability to support and train investigators in advanced research. We will seek to support systematically professional development for faculty and staff through the use of targeted webinars and real time trainings.
A. CEHD faculty must remain current in multiple fields of study
B. Expand our ability to support and train investigators in advanced research
C. Support systematically professional development for faculty and staff through the use of targeted webinars and real time trainings
- Professional Development Wednesdays Speaker Series includes a Wednesday for the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects to do faculty development on grant-related topics
- Webinars on edTPA and assessment with representatives of funding agencies
The CEHD will optimize funded research support infrastructure both within and outside of the college.
The CEHD will continue to provide external funding support services to research active faculty while seeking to enhance and identify potential emerging services. The ERB and CEHD grant administrators will work collaboratively with the University Research Services and Administration (URSA) to provide quality grant implementation from inception to close-out. The CEHD will also seek to provide a more centralized methodological component such as providing consultation in research methodologies. The ERB will seek to support CEHD project investigators in seamless implementation of complex business processes requiring multiple levels of coordination and collaboration. We seek to increase the efficiency of the IRB process through professional development opportunities for researchers and by examining the submission process to create more efficient procedures.
A. Provide external funding support services to research active faculty while seeking to enhance and identify potential emerging services... and to provide quality grant implementation from inception to close-out
B. Provide a more centralized methodological component such as providing consultation in research methodologies
C. Increase the efficiency of the IRB process through professional development and examining the submission process
- Office of Research and Sponsored Projects reorganization
- Creation of the Office of Research Methodology Consulting
- Participation of ORSP in Professional Development Wednesdays
- Associate Deans' positions redesigned and filled
- Creation of the Center for Evaluation and Research
The CEHD is in a position to inform lasting and real impacts through scholarly inquiry, research, and dissemination.
The CEHD will increase its dissemination of and recognition for problem-based, high impact research conducted through the college. Academic excellence is continuously established through publication in prestigious, peer-reviewed national and international journals and books. Distribution efforts for faculty and student scholarly research will be supported through a multi-modal public relations effort targeted at disseminating our research activities for a broad audience.
A. Increase its dissemination of and recognition of research conducted through the college. Dissemination supported through a multi-modal public relations effort target at disseminating our research activities for a broad audience.
- Publication of Research & Innovation, Noteworthy, IN Magazine and Web features
- Increased dissemination resulting from increase in externally-funded projects
The CEHD will institute a systemic environment that rewards high-quality research as indicated via awards, leadership roles within national/international organizations, funded grants, and academic editorships.
We will find and implement mechanisms to recognize faculty and staff in their research activities, increase internal seed funding availability for all faculty, create a transparent policy regarding use of indirect cost funds, and ensure that funded-project investigators are given use of a percentage of indirect cost funds obtained through their sponsored projects.
A. Implement mechanisms to recognize faculty and staff in their research activities
- Recognition of Faculty Excellence Program
- New award in faculty research mentoring
B. Increase internal seed funding
C. Create a transparent policy regarding use of indirect cost funds; ensure that funded project investigators are given use of a percentage of indirect cost funds obtained through their sponsored projects
- Policies on distributions and uses of indirect funds developed in each department
The CEHD will strengthen its leadership in recognizing and responding to the complexities of cities and in modeling successful collaborative processes between universities and urban communities.
Building upon the strengths of faculty, staff, and students, the college will be a leading college of education committed to understanding the unique assets and challenges of metropolitan and urban communities. The college will collaborate with stakeholders in the development of effective education and health solutions that meet the needs of cities and their residents. The CEHD will remain dedicated to recognizing successes within our communities; and actively engaging with organizations and communities through service, research, and teaching.
We will develop a strategy for ongoing understanding of the working needs of our urban stakeholders through the extension of community advisory groups and increased participation in civic-related, community-based entities such as schools systems, agencies, and professional and non-professional organizations.
Information gathered through these efforts will augment the college’s response to the community’s needs and encourage networking.
A. Extension of community advisory groups and increased participation in civic-related, community-based entities, such as schools systems, agencies and professional and non-professional organizations
The College will establish a system of coordination to identify those faculty and groups serving city-based communities. Establishing such a structure will enable the CEHD to coordinate projects that can converge thematically or geographically around larger issues germane to cities.
A. Establish a system of coordination to identify those faculty and groups serving city-based communities
The CEHD will develop and support continuing education (CE) offerings. In recognition of the importance of ongoing education for communities in Atlanta and beyond, we will create and make accessible high-quality CE courses—face-to-face, online, and hybrid—across departments.
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The CEHD will continue to cultivate research centers and service centers and clinics.
Research Centers, such as the Center for School Safety, School Climate, and Classroom Management, provide a disciplinary or interdisciplinary opportunity for the generation, application and/or testing of knowledge that informs discussions of issues of importance to the prosperity of cities and its citizens. Service centers and clinics, such as the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, the Principals Center, the Center for Reading Recovery, and the Urban Literacy Clinic provide important resources to the college and to the wider Atlanta community.
A. Continue to cultivate research centers and service centers and clinics
- New research centers:
- Center on Pediatric Locomotion Sciences
- Adult Literacy Research Center
- Urban Child Study Center
- Center on the Study of Stress, Trauma and Resilience
- Evaluation and Research Center
- Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic
- Principals Center's expanded scope into Macon, GA
The CEHD will become a leader in globalized perspectives related to research, education, and teaching.
The CEHD recognizes that the scope of our work and the students we serve extend beyond our borders. The college is committed to building on the existing infrastructure that supports our students, faculty, and college community as we engage with global exchanges and perspectives. In order to meet this goal, the CEHD supports the integration of globalized perspectives in curricula and other related pedagogical experiences.
The CEHD will promote globalized perspectives in teaching, learning, and research endeavors.
The CEHD embraces a mission that considers our multiple roles in local and international communities. Our faculty, staff, and students acknowledge the importance of global citizenship and intercultural sensitivity. Increased future internal and external funding will allow the CEHD Office of International Initiatives to enhance its support for and serve effectively the growing and diverse needs of the College The following are some of the activities that can assist the College in achieving its goal:
- (a) establishing student and faculty awards for excellence in international teaching, learning, and research;
- (b) developing international teaching and research related fellowships for graduate level international students;
- (c) offering and marketing courses that lead to an international certificate in education; and
- (d) encouraging study abroad and signature experiences for students.
A. Awards for excellence in international teaching, learning and research
B. International-related fellowships for graduate level international students
C. International certificate in education
D. Encourage study abroad and signature experiences
- Established an international certificate
- 268 students participated in CEHD faculty-led and exchange programs; 18 visiting scholars; 30 incoming exchange students
The college has begun initiatives that allow faculty and students to develop knowledge and understanding of educational systems across international communities, provide educational and research services, foster collaborations, serve communities in need, and conduct research.
Diverse faculty and student populations are assets to the development of international partnerships. Collaborations with universities, international organizations, companies, and governments that work on a global scale and/or work within inter-cultural communities will provide vehicles for the global scope of our work. Toward that end we will explore opportunities is the countries identified by the university for special focus and relationship building. These opportunities include the development of joint programs and degrees, the conduct of research, and student and faculty exchanges for the sharing of information. We will also continue to encourage faculty to make individual international relationships to further their scholarship and program development.
A. Explore opportunities in the countries identified by the university for special focus on relationship building. These opportunities include the development of joint programs and degrees, the conduct of research, and student and faculty exchanges for the sharing of information... Continue to encourage faculty to make individual international relationships to further their scholarship and program development.
- In 10 years working with Sichuan Normal University, we've had 15 students from SNU study here, 98 students go to SNU and three faculty members develop collaborative online courses and research
- University of Haifa teacher preparation exchange
- In 2015, 17 faculty published 15 publications with international partners
- In 2015-2016 academic year, the CEHD hosted 87 international guests and groups, including:
- Daejeon Metropolitan Office of Education
- Global Knowledge Alliance
- University of Johannesburg
- Sichuan Normal University partner schools
- Ewha Womans University College of Education
- University of Adger
- University of Northhampton School of Education
The CEHD will expand its infrastructure related to international initiatives.
The development of this goal depends on resources and specifically infrastructure that will allow for the two-way flow that successful implementation of internationalization demands. Therefore, there is a need to address issues that hamper international student admission and enrollment, retention of faculty and students, and exchange programs. These issues include:
- (a) university support for exchange housing;
- (b) use of technology to enhance international efforts;
- (c) balance among faculty and student exchanges to/from GSU;
- (d) leverage of funding sources; and
- (e) expansion of the capacity of the CEHD International office to be generative and responsive to the research, travel, and teaching needs of the college community.
A. University support for exchange housing
B. Use technology to enhance international efforts
C. Balance among faculty and student exchanges to/from GSU
D. Leverage of funding sources
E. Expansion of the CEHD's international office's capacity
- The CEHD's Global Initiative Grant program, which started in 2012, has awarded $78,740 to 31 international faculty programs
- Increased CEHD's international office's budget by 50 percent
Janice Fournillier, Educational Policy Studies (Chair of the committee)
Mary Shoffner, Learning Technologies Division
Pier A. Junor Clark, Middle and Secondary Education
Kevin Fortner, Educational Policy Studies
Patrick Enderle, Middle and Secondary Education
Ken Rice, Counseling and Psychological Services
Cynthia Puranik, Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders
Jerry Wu, Kinesiology and Health
Beth Cianfrone, Kinesiology and Health
Robert Rice, Counseling and Psychological Services
Yali Zhao, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Eliseo Jimenez, Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders
David Reginald Brown, Early Childhood and Elementary Education