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Strategic Planning Long-Term Goals

Goal 1 Faculty & Students

Attract, develop, and retain faculty and students who exemplify excellence in teaching and research. Provide them with an environment that will enable them to flourish.

Goal 1 Objectives

  • 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 support.

Goal 2  Exemplary Programs

Become one of the leading departments of special education by developing rigorous, innovative teaching and research programs that are responsive to the needs of the community, and nationally regarded.

Goal 2 Objectives

  • 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


Develop new knowledge that will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, education systems, and the profession.

Goal 4

Community Impact

Design and implement collaborative programs across disciplines that directly affect the quality of education in the state, region, and nation.

Goal 5


Intensify our efforts to recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff from under-represented groups.

Goal 6


Become a leader in incorporating technology into teaching, research, and practice.

Goal 7


Increase department resources through a comprehensive development plan aimed at supporting the goals and priorities of the college.

Goal 8


Emphasize and reward outreach as a critical component of the faculty's role to be more responsive to the state.

Last Updated: 4/11/23