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Goals 2001-2002

The Faculty of the Counseling Department have set the following goals for the 2001-2002 academic year: 

Goal 1 - A "Caring Community"

The department believes that we have many qualities of a caring community. However, we have never developed a concrete and specific goal that is designed to help us facilitate our efforts in this regard. We are committed to the enhancement of our caring community - this includes our caring for each other, our students, and others who are outside of the department.

Timeline: This is an on-going process and will be the focus of the beginning of each faculty meeting.
Intensity: Involves all departmental stake holders, especially faculty!
Duration: The full year.

Goal 2 - Departmental Review

Complete the department's five year self-study and the subsequent follow-up action plan.

Timeline: Data collection will continue throughout the first semester, external reviewers will visit in the Spring of 2002, and the report will be completed by the end of Spring, with the follow-up action plan to be completed in the Summer of 2002.

Intensity: The work involved in this process is extensive and the resources on one faculty member, Dr. L'Amoreaux and her GA are being "dedicated" to this effort.
Duration: The full year.

Goal 3 - Student Review and Enrollment Management

The department will implement a comprehensive student review process that will help in the department's enrollment management process (see Goal 4).

Timeline: The major work on this goal will occur during the end of both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Dates will be scheduled for the review process.

Intensity: The efforts of Dr. Fontaine, assisted by Dr. Dandeneau, will be increased to plan the actual process. Most of the planning will occurring prior to the first review which occurs in the Fall of 2001.

Duration:  The duration of this effort is limited to the 2-3 week window around the time of the review.

Goal 4 - Enrollment and Resource Management

Goal 4a: The department will engage in an evaluation process which will include an assessment of the enrollment issues that surround sound enrollment management. In particular, the department will analyze the existing data with respect to matriculation, retention, and program completion. This analysis will be used to review the admission process including re-visiting and defining the "quality" standards for admission, the frequency of admission, the management of students' enrollment to ensure class availability, minority student enrollment, and overall marketing and recruiting plans.

Timeline: Once the student reviews are completed, the department will have an up-to-date database upon which to pose the above questions. The existing database will be completely reviewed and pilot analysis and any any initial analysis that can be completed with the existing data will be conducted in the Fall semester.

Intensity: The analysis will be a concentrated effort requiring the attention of Dr. Dandeneau, Bobbie Douglass, the departmental secretary, and Dr. Dandeneau's GA in the Fall and upon
completion of Goal 3.

Duration: The full year.

Goal 4b: The department will examine the feasibility of operating the Monroeville program with the existing departmental staffing and the non-yielding APSCUF implementation of the 1978 MacGuire Memorandum with respect to temporary faculty. In order to operate the program the department confirms that there needs to be an addition of 2.5 FTEs. The timeline, intensity, and duration of the goal are contingent on the approval of the Provost to add the additional FTEs.

Timeline: This is a very time sensitive goal.

Intensity: High intensity in September and October by Dr. Dandeneau and Dean Butzow; other activity could ensue if the permission to fill the FTEs is granted.

Duration: Dependent.

Goal 5 - Curriculum Review

Goal 5a: Respond to the need for Field Experience for the MA degree to be moved to a 600 hour experience.

Timeline: This is a very time sensitive goal. Every effort must be made to complete this goal in order to implement the decision for the Spring semester!

Intensity: High intensity in September, October and November, particularly for Drs. Fontaine and Dandeneau.

Duration: Fall semester only.

Goal 5b: Review the four course clinical sequence in light of the implementation of Goal 2.

Timeline: This will take place within the structure of the departmental five year review.

Intensity: The efforts in this area are minimum and are subsumed by the five year review.

Duration: Throughout the five year review.

Goal 5c: Engage in a comprehensive review of all departmental syllabi and explore ways to connect and integrate learning across all courses. Upon completion of the review, modify course syllabi to reflect the integrated learning experiences and incorporate a general portfolio plan that includes assignments from several core courses.  As a result of the review process, develop consistent standards for our practicum courses to ensure uniformity of student experiences across instructors. 

Timeline: This will take place within the structure of the departmental five year review.

Intensity: The efforts in this area are minimum and are subsumed by the five year review.

Duration: Throughout the five year review.

Goal 6 - In-Service and Professional Development Outreach

The department will actively work to implement a series of workshops (credit and non-credit) designed to facilitate a response to the growing need of counseling professionals for CEU's and/or credits to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 standards or PA licensure standards. The department will seek to re-active it's status as a provider of CEU's for the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Timeline: Planning will take place in the Fall with implementation to follow in the Spring.

Intensity: Dr. McCarthy will take the lead in both the planning and the implementation of the workshops. Dr. Dandeneau will serve as the departmental liaison to the College of Education and Educational Technology In-service Committee.
Duration: The full year.

Goal 7 - Enhancement of the Monroeville Program

This goal is contingent on the attainment of Goal 4b. If we are able to secure the additional resources to continue the on-going operation of the Monroeville program, we will then seek to enhance and improve: 1.) the working relationship with the new Director of Off-Campus Studies; 2.) the clinical facilities available at the site; 3.) the policies with respect to practicum and internship; 4.) the departmental interaction/interface with the Monroeville students.

Timeline: Contingent
Intensity: Contingent
Duration: Contingent

Goal 8 - Clinical Space

We will develop a process to coordinate the usage of the clinical space that includes collaboration with the Educational Psychology department. Additionally, we will explore with the help of the COE-ET Dean's Office and the Graduate School and Research the possibility of obtaining external/internal monies for the development of the departmental clinical space. 

Timeline: The process of collaboration will be negotiated in the Fall semester and follow through in the Spring. The investigation of the funding possibilities will occur in the Fall and Spring.

Intensity: This effort is of limited intensity as the investigation of the possibilities is narrow. The work of Dr. Dandeneau and her GA will be focused in this area. The intensity could change dramatically if a suitable funding source is found. 

Duration: Until such funding is found!

Goal 9 - Partnerships

We have recognized that the department needs to develop stronger community partnerships with both local schools and agencies. The department is committed to exploring and developing these relationships.

Timeline: The Fall semester will be identify the potential partners and will spend the Spring semester investigating and developing these partnerships.

Intensity: The efforts of all faculty will be involved with this as it will include both the campus area and the Monroeville area.

Duration: On-going.

Goal 10 - PDE/NCATE Review

We will work in conjunction with Associate Dean John Johnson in the support of the College's efforts to prepare for both the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education upcoming reviews.

Timeline: This timeline will coincide with the timelines developed by Mr. Johnson and his committee. The department will work closely with him to ensure that we are meeting all planning parameters.

Intensity: Drs. L'Amoreaux and Fontaine have volunteered to be the departmental liaisons with respect to the reviews. Their efforts will be predicated on the needs of the College. 

Duration: Until the completion of the 2003-2004 academic year.

Goal 11 - Advisory Board

Maintaining an energized and meaningful connection to our alumni is important to the  department. We will work to enhance our utilization of our alumni to support and improve departmenal curriculum and faciltate the department's ability to, not only maintain the status quo, but to challenge the department to "think outside the box" and be on the cutting edge of counselor training and preparation.

Timeline: Meetings in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Intensity: Drs. Fontaine and Guth are responsible for the coordination of the advisory board which meets twice a year, once each semester. All departmental faculty are members of the board and help facilitate its efforts.

Duration: On-going.


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