Strategic Planning Long-Term Goals

 

Goal 1. Faculty and students: To attract, develop, and retain faculty and students who exemplify excellence in teaching and research and to provide them with an environment which will enable them to flourish.

Goal 2. Exemplary programs: To become one of the leading departments of special education by developing teaching and research programs that are rigorous, innovative, responsive to the needs of the community, and regarded as models nationally.

Goal 3. Research: To develop new knowledge through research that will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, education systems, and the profession.

Goal 4. Collaboration/community impact: To design and implement collaborative programs across disciplines which directly affect the quality of education in the state, region, and nation.

Goal 5. Diversity: To intensify our efforts to recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff under- represented groups.

Goal 6. Technology: To become a leader among departments of special education in incorporating technology into teaching, research, and practice.

Goal 7. Development: To increase department resources through a comprehensive development plan aimed at supporting the goals and priorities of the college.

Goal 8. Outreach: Emphasize outreach as a critical component of the faculty's role to be more responsive to the state, and ensure that such efforts are rewarded within the university

Objectives/Activities

Goal 1. Faculty and students: To attract, develop, and retain faculty and students who exemplify excellence in teaching and research and to provide them with an environment which will enable them to flourish.

  • Raise faculty salaries to parity with peers in comparable teaching or administrative positions in public education.
  • Conduct recruitment activities with Salt Lake Community College to increase undergraduate admissions.
  • Maintain linkages with the Native American Teacher Education Program.
  • Conduct a survey of admitted undergraduate students to determine their satisfaction with the program and identify needed supports.

Goal 2. Exemplary programs: To become one of the leading departments of special education by developing teaching and research programs that are rigorous, innovative, responsive to the needs of the community, and regarded as models nationally.

  • Design and implement the Disabilities and Diversity class in the Master and Doctoral programs.
  • Identify possible strategies for developing and implementing a course in emerging literacy.
  • Continue collaborative efforts with Teaching and Learning in reading.
  • Identify possible strategies to provide ongoing support for the Orientation and Mobility course.

Goal 3. Research: To develop new knowledge through research that will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, education systems, and the profession.