Goal 4: Extend high-impact learning practices and support current and new educational program offerings

Action Strategy 4.1.1: Identify and develop workshops and other resources for faculty-related to high-impact learning best practices within the boundaries of 120 credit hours
Status Update
  • Offering an SBPM workshop entitled, Borderless Education – topics to be covered include Education, Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow; Self-Determined Learning, Assessing Competency Based on Online Learning, Blackboard Collaborate, Flipped Classroom, Active Learning, Online Active Learning, etc.
  • Provided travel funds for faculty to attend conferences; e.g., Education faculty have attended edTPA and PDS conferences.
  • Offering faculty Professional Development Workshops on Online Classes, Service-Learning, D2L, etc.
  • Developing a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), identifying inaugural eLearning fellows, and creating an online learning community are underway.
Action Strategy 4.1.2: Develop and implement assessment plans for high impact practices and use assessment results to increase and improve implementation of high impact practices
Status Update
  • Funded School of Education and Teacher Preparation to attend edTPA in Savannah and a Professional Development conference in Orlando to learn about content and assessment, both from faculty and student perspectives
  • Restructuring School of Business & Public Management curricula to improve the validity and usefulness of course and program level assessments
Action Strategy 4.2.1: Increase the number of faculty members engaged in teaching service-learning courses by enhancing professional development opportunities
Status Update
  • Encouraged faculty to attend and participate in professional conferences
  • Created a Faculty Fellows Program
  • Hosted annual Service-Learning Symposium
  • Hosted Service-Learning Scholar’s Workshop (Fall session, Spring session)
  • Hosted Service-Learning Beginners Workshop (2015 Fall Launch)
  • Provided mini-grants for Service-Learning projects
  • Supported community presentations by faculty members
  • Hosted lunch faculty focus groups
  • Planned summer work sessions/support sessions
  • Encouraged peer mentoring and modeling of service-learning activities
Action Strategy 4.2.3: Connect a series of courses across the disciplines through service-learning
Status Update
  • Recognized several faculty members who collaborated on paired service-learning projects: Carla Bluhm (Psychology of Nutrition) & Matthew Raiford (Dining Room Etiquette) – Dining Etiquette Presentations & Booklets; Andrea Wallace (Introductory Chemistry) – Taught cohort of Culinary students and catered coursework toward cooking science; Sarah Hartman (Effective Instruction Language Arts) & Lydia Watkins (Nursing Care of Children) – Teddy Bear Clinics; Carla Bluhm (Infant & Child Psychology) & Brandy Chambers (Special Project) – Lactation Station; Tate Holbrook (Principles of Ecology) & Chris Wilhelm (History of Georgia) – Cannon’s Point Geocaching Project
Action Strategy B 4.3.1: Conduct environmental scan to determine appropriate “traditional” and “online” degree programs to meet consumer demand
Status Update
  • Created new programs of study: BAS in Workforce Management and Leadership; BS in Criminal Justice; BA in French Language and Literature (eMajor with Valdosta); BA in Spanish Language and Literature (eMajor with Valdosta); AAS in Culinary Arts; AAS in Hospitality Management; Liberal Arts First-Year Certificate; STEM First-Year Certificate
  • Initiated the offering of baccalaureate degree programs at the Camden Center: Business, Interdisciplinary Studies and Psychology (General)
Action Strategy B 4.3.2: Identify additional minors and concentrations related to the mission of the College
Status Update
  • Created new concentrations: Biochemistry / Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) concentrations (BS in Biological Sciences) and Information Assurance and Cyber Defense / Data and Information Analysis concentrations (BS in Criminal Justice)
  • Revised one concentration delivery method: Human Services concentration (BS in Psychology) is now offered completely online
  • Passed Faculty Senate policy to assist in development of minors
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