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Darden College of Education:Strategic Plan

As we strive to improve our national reputation and continue to achieve collaboration, professionalism and innovation as the means by which we add value to the lives of our students, the College is committed to a set of strategic goals which will work to fulfill our mission of preparing leaders. The goals of the Darden College of Education are directly linked to the goals identified in the Old Dominion University Strategic Plan 2009-2014.


Goal 1. Increase the Reputational Rankings of the Darden College of Education to the Top 50 by 2014.

(Supports University Goals 1, 2)

The Darden College of Education enjoys an excellent reputation. In the most recent rankings of graduate programs in education by U. S. News and World Report, the Darden College of Education achieved a top 100 ranking of 96th, its highest ranking to date. Among public universities, the college was tied for a ranking of 75th in this U.S. News ranking of education graduate programs. The Darden College of Education is the only college at ODU to receive such high rankings.

According to FY 2007 Research & Demonstration (R&D) Expenditures Rankings of the National Science Foundation, the Darden College of Education, education expenditures at Old Dominion University were identified as 17th for "Federal" R&D and 15th for "Total" R&D.

Rationale: Increasing the reputational rankings of the College will support the university's goals as a nationally ranked College is an indication that our academic programs are innovative and engaging for students thus giving them the tools of success they need. National recognition will help attract high achieving students, promote the scholarly achievements of the faculty and emphasize interdisciplinary opportunities. Higher rankings will enable the college to attract even more able students and faculty as well as garner more external research funding to support faculty research and development interests.

Objectives
  1. Increase its peer and superintendent assessment scores as recorded in the annual U.S. News surveys through PK-12 partnerships and sharing information about the professional successes of faculty, students, staff and alumni such that by 2014 all graduate degree programs peer and superintendent average data are comparable to those of the Top 50 Public Universities in the annual U.S. News survey analyses.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline Continue Continue Continue Continue Continue
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Continue to partner with school divisions on cutting edge research initiatives that benefit teacher preparation.
    2. Continue to mail not less than 10 publications sharing the successes of the DCOE community to stakeholders.
  2. Increase the number of and quality of professional contributions of faculty, students, and staff in their disciplinary-based and interdisciplinary based national and international organizations such that by 2014 all graduate degree programs professional contributions data are comparable to those of the Top 50 Public Universities in the annual U.S. News survey analyses.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline Continue Continue Continue Continue Continue
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Continue to partner with school divisions on cutting edge research initiatives that benefit teacher preparation.
    2. Continue to support faculty scholarship and service through participation in national and international conferences.
    3. Continue to mail not less than 10 publications sharing the success of the DCOE community to stakeholders.
  3. Increase the selectivity of graduate degree programs of the college annually such that by 2014 all graduate degree programs selectivity average data are comparable to those of the Top 50 Public Universities in the annual U.S. News survey analyses.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline Continue Continue Continue Continue Continue
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Continue to raise the profile of students admitted into our graduate programs.
    2. Continue to market the academic programs of the College to interested students.
    3. Continue recruitment efforts at professional conferences and the like.
  4. Increase alumni giving and other forms of financial support such that by 2014 all graduate degree programs alumni and financial support average data are comparable to those of the Top 50 Public Universities in the annual U.S. News survey analyses.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline Continue Continue Continue Continue Continue
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Continue to review graduate programs capacity and ensure that the number of graduate students admitted to our programs is commensurate with other quality programs in the nation.
  5. Increase and maintain favorable student-faculty ratios and favorable ratio of the number of doctoral degrees awarded to the number of full-time faculty such that by 2014 all graduate degree programs selectivity average data are comparable to those of the Top 50 Public Universities in the annual U.S. News survey analyses.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline Continue Continue Continue Continue Continue
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Continue to review graduate programs capacity and ensure that the number of graduate students admitted to our programs is commensurate with other quality programs in the nation.
  6. Increase the percent of full-time tenured or tenure track faculty receiving awards or holding editorships in select education journals such that by 2014 all graduate degree programs awards and editorship average data are comparable to those of the Top 50 Public Universities in the annual U.S. News survey analyses.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline Continue Continue Continue Continue Continue
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Continue to encourage faculty to keep pace with colleagues across disciplines in professional service activities.
    2. Seek ways to reward faculty for engaging in professional service activities.
  7. Increase research activities including increasing total research expenditures and average research expenditures per faculty member such that by 2014 all graduate degree programs research activity average data are comparable to those of the Top 50 Public Universities in the annual U.S. News survey analyses.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline Continue Continue Continue Continue Continue
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Continue to encourage and support faculty research initiatives.
    2. Continue to create and disseminate quality publications that highlight the cutting edge research initiatives of the faculty.

Goal 2. Increase Overall Number of Teachers and Other Professionals Recommended for Licensure in Virginia specifically in Critical Shortage Areas.

(Supports University Goals 1, 2)

With appropriate resource allocation, instructional innovations, and collaborations with school divisions and other entities, the college intends to increase its education and graduation of teachers and other educators recommended for licensure in Virginia especially in critical shortage areas increasing these recommendations annually so that 600 are made by AY2013/2014.

Rationale

To meet the continuing education and professional development needs of members of the education workforce, we will increase the number of recommendations for endorsement and other advanced licensure recommendations annually by 5 percent each over the next five years.

This goal supports the University's plans to appropriately support programs that meet local and regional needs. This will help increase efforts to attract and retain high achieving students.

Objectives
  1. Increase the number of teachers produced annually.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Establish goals for number of licensure recommendations in each of the Virginia and national critical shortage areas pursuant to the 2008 HEOA, Section 205 requirements by December 2009 and other manpower needs of the Commonwealth.
    2. Increase number of outreach activities designed to recruit students for careers in teaching and other educators recommended for licensure in Virginia.
    3. Monitor annually productivities goals achievement of licensure recommendations pursuant to the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Section 205 requirements.
    4. Increase the number of faculty and advertisement positions and fiscal support necessary to support an increase in the number of teachers and other educator recommended for licensure in Virginia, especially in Critical shortage Areas.
    5. Increase annually number of collaborations such as grant applications between and among content preparation programs and Darden College of Education pedagogy faculty which are likely to result in more licensure recommendations.
    6. Increase number of PK-12 partnerships annually for observations, practica, and internships sites as structural support for increased productivity of licensure recommendations.

Goal 3. Increase Annually the Percentage of Undergraduate and Graduate Students Receiving Academic Scholarships and Other Forms of Non-Need Based Financial Aid.

(Supports University Goals 1, 3)

Attracting and retaining outstanding faculty requires that the faculty have students who are outstanding academically. In today's society there is much competition to recruit the top students, therefore to aid in this process the college needs additional scholarships, assistantships and funding for recruitment travel. These students will engage the faculty even more energetically in their instruction, research, and service.

Rationale

Over time the achievement of this goal will also improve our reputation and increase the quality of applicants to the programs of the college. Further, meeting this goal will address many goals and actions established by the University's strategic planning initiatives specifically as it relates to expanding opportunities for high achieving students, attracting and retaining quality graduate students and hiring and retaining research active faculty.

Objectives
  1. Attract and retain quality undergraduate and graduate students through scholarship opportunities.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Identify and monitor all Sources of financial assistance available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in degree programs of the Darden College of Education by December 31, 2009 through June 2014.
    2. Work with the Office of Development to increase scholarship endowments by 5 percent annually through 2014.
  2. IncreaseinvolvementoftheODUAlumniAssociationandcommunityleadersin programs and activities of the Darden College of Education by 10 percent annually.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Host annual events that allow the education alumni community to reconnect with the programs and services of the College.
    2. Host Darden Alumni Fellows program to honor the accomplishments of alumni in the field and bring them back to campus to share knowledge and expertise.

Goal 4. Increase Faculty Outreach and Involvement Activities in PK-12 Schools, Postsecondary Institutions, Community and Governmental Agencies, and Business and Industry by Five Percent Annually.

(Supports University Goals 2, 6)

To meet the needs of the most recent Higher Education Restructuring Act, the Darden College of Education will need to increase our involvement in outreach efforts with educational institutions, P-12 schools, government agencies, business and industry. These efforts will aid in cultivating positive perceptions among decision makers. The Darden College of Education is a valuable and necessary partner of these leaders as they strive to serve their clienteles.

Rationale

Through these increased outreach efforts, we are creating an opportunity for these leaders to become advocates for the college. The contributions our faculty and students make aid these entities in meeting their needs and accomplishing their goals.

Achieving this goal also supports the University's goal to strategically advance nationally recognized academic programs through partnerships as well the goal to build and maintain strong civic and community relationships.

Objectives
  1. Increase College Visibility in the Community.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Establish a baseline using data from academic year 2008/2009 of faculty outreach and involvement in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, professional associations, governmental and community agencies, and business and industry by December 31, 2009.
    2. Establish an awareness baseline of the public and opinion makers in the Commonwealth of faculty outreach and involvement in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, professional associations, governmental and community agencies, and business and industry by December 31, 2010.
    3. Increase faculty outreach and involvement activities in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, professional associations, governmental and community agencies, and business and industry over the 2009 baseline by 5 percent annually beginning in January 2011 through 2014.
    4. Assess the effects of the increased faculty outreach and involvement activities in PK-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, professional associations, governmental and community agencies, and business and industry over the 2009 baseline annually beginning in January 2012 through 2014.

Goal 5. Increase the Number and Magnitude of Interdisciplinary and Multi-University Research and Demonstration Programs and Projects Led by Faculty of the Darden College of Education by 5 Percent Annually Through 2014.

(Supports University Goals 1, 2, 3, 6)

Societal problems chosen to be addressed by funding agencies at the federal, state, and local levels increasingly require expertise from many disciplines and can only be successfully addressed by teams of faculty from different departments in the Darden College of Education and Old Dominion University. Often, the problems posed and resources needed are not available in any single college or university.

Rationale

For the Darden College of Education faculty member to participate in this increasingly complex and competitive world of research funding, he or she will need support for interdisciplinary efforts and recognition for interdisciplinary achievements. Such supports will include college level research infrastructure building, promotion of faculty expertise, assistance in research networking and mentoring, and recruiting and funding of graduate students and staff to assist faculty in these activities.

This supports the University's goals of expanding opportunities for high achieving students, attracting and retaining quality graduate students, hiring and retaining research active faculty, encouraging collaborations and cross disciplinary research opportunities, and help the University build and maintain strong civic and community relationships.

  1. Increase faculty research and demonstration project submissions led by DCOE faculty and staff.

    2009 - 2010
    2010 - 2011
    2011 - 2012
    2012 - 2013
    2013 - 2014
    Responsible Parties
    Dean, Assistant to the Dean for Marketing and Outreach, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, Faculty
    Timeline
    Resources Needed
    Measures of Success/Targets
    1. Establish a baseline using data from academic year 2008/2009 of the number of and magnitude of interdisciplinary and multi- university research and demonstration programs and projects led or involving faculty and staff of the Darden College of Education by December 31, 2009.
    2. Assess the need for and acquire necessary research infrastructure support including technology, professional development, and staff to increase the number of and magnitude of interdisciplinary and multi-university research and demonstration programs and projects led or involving faculty and staff of the Darden College of Education by November 15, 2009.-was this done? If not let's change the date.
    3. Increase the number of and magnitude of interdisciplinary and multi-university research and demonstration programs and projects led or involving faculty and staff of the Darden College of Education by five percent annually beginning in academic year 2011 through 2014.