Seidel School Strategic Plan

Mission and Goals

student teacher in the classroomThe mission of the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies is to provide opportunities for our students to become excellent professionals in the fields of Education and Human Services. To implement this mission, the Seidel School fosters outstanding teaching, scholarship/creative activity, and service and cultivates a learning-centered community which strives to meet national standards for excellence by offering high quality, innovative professional programs. The Seidel School is committed to community involvement, professional collaboration, regional partnerships, and national and international outreach in an increasingly diverse and interdependent society.

The goals of the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies are:

  • To provide to our diverse, capable students the opportunities and experiences necessary to become ethical, resourceful professionals in education and human services by offering high quality, innovative professional programs which are characterized by active learning and which meet or exceed national standards for excellence.
  • To provide qualified, diverse faculty who are student centered, reflective, intellectually vibrant, and are enthusiastic models for teaching, professional excellence, and commitment to community service;
  • To pursue national eminence and to secure the resources necessary to achieve our mission.

Objectives

  1. The Seidel School will provide to our diverse, capable students the opportunities and experiences necessary to become ethical, resourceful professionals in education and human services by offering high quality, innovative professional programs which are characterized by active learning and which meet national standards for excellence.\

The following objectives support Goal 1

  • Attract and support diverse, capable students;
  • Offer opportunities for students to become ethical, resourceful professionals;
  • Meet and maintain the highest standards for all programs;
  • Ensure innovative and effective curriculum; and
  • Ensure quality field experiences throughout the professional programs.

2. The Seidel School will provide qualified, diverse faculty who are student centered, reflective, intellectually vibrant, and who are enthusiastic models for teaching, professional excellence, and commitment to community service.

The following objectives support Goal 2:

  • Recruit, hire, and retain a high quality, diverse faculty;
  • Reward activities that promote student-centeredness;
  • Ensure effective, innovative pedagogy;
  • Recognize excellence in teaching as the highest priority for faculty;
  • Promote, support, and reward faculty involvement in service; and
  • Support and reward professional development and scholarship/creative activities.

3. The Seidel School will pursue national eminence and secure the resources necessary to achieve our mission.

The following objectives support Goal 3:

  • Secure adequate resources from internal university sources;
  • Secure increased funding of the Seidel Endowments; and
  • Secure additional external sources of resources.

Strategies

Common Priorities

Each priority will be informed by the following:

Technology Integration

1.D.3 Seek and secure grant funding aimed at curriculum innovation. 
1.D.7 Support faculty participation in workshops on curriculum through University center for teaching excellence. 
1.D.8 Participate in available workshops and professional meetings on integration of technology into curriculum. 
1.D.9 Provide technology for integration into course content. 
2.C.1 Ensure faculty access to technology 
2.C.2 Provide access to technology training for faculty. 
3.A.2 Develop a Seidel School technology plan which includes anticipation of necessary resources and plans for securing these resources.

Attention to Diversity Needs

1.A.2 Devise and implement departmental action plans for minority student recruitment and retention. 
1.A.3 Refocus recruitment plans on the benefit of diverse environments and determine ways to make programs more attractive to all students. 
1.B.5 Explore opportunities for urban/diverse experiences for students. 
1.E.5 Ensure multicultural, diverse settings for field experiences. 
2.A.1 Implement policies and practices that ensure diversity in gender, race, rank, experience, and academic specialization.

Implementation of Assessment Activities

1.C.8 Define clear expectations for student learning outcomes and develop an assessment plan to ensure student progress towards these outcomes. 
2.C.5 Provide mentors for faculty receiving less than good ratings on their teaching evaluations. 
2.C.6 Use departmental student assessment plan to evaluate teaching and program effectiveness.