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Goals 2002-2003

 The Faculty of the Counseling Department have set the following goals for 2002-2003

 

 Goal 1 - A "Caring Community" 

This goal was unanimously re-adopted at our Summer 2002 departmental 
retreat. We are committed to the enhancement and on-going development of our caring community - this includes our caring for each other, our students, and others who are outside of the department.  Caring for each other this year will involve helping each other renew our individual and collective energies, remain connected, and to maintain our commitment to safeguard ourselves (the department) from new initiatives (a recommendation of our external evaluators). Additionally, Dr. Dandeneau proposed that the "Lessons from Geese" by Ariel Arrien be identified as the departmental theme for the year. The lessons emphasize: the efficiency of a common direction/purpose; the value of working together; sharing leadership and being interdependent; and, the importance of encouragement and helping one another.  The theme was wholeheartedly endorsed. 

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 - Student Review, Admission, and Scheduling  

Goal 2a - Student Review 

Last academic year the department implemented a comprehensive student review process. The department has agreed to continue that process for this coming academic year.  The goal for this year is to refine, streamline,and make any necessary improvements to the process, specifically to alignit with the University candidacy review process. 
  

  Timeline: Formal student reviews will be conducted in December and informal reviews will be completed in the spring.

  Intensity: The work centers around the actual review dates.  The departmental secretary prepares the listing of all    students and pulls all student files. Following faculty review, the database is updated and students' letters are generated. 

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

  Goal 2b - Admission
The department will continue to streamline the student admissionprocesses.  The external reviewers recommended that the departmentdivide some of the tasks so that all faculty are not involved in all aspect ofadmissions.  Given the workload involved with the admission process,particularly in the summer, the department has requested that Dr.Dandeneau explore with the Dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology and other campus constituents, namely the Deanof Graduate School and Research, the feasibility of changing the admission deadline/workshops. The basic proposal includes: conducting only one admission workshop in the summer for Monroeville and eliminating the campus workshop; and, moving the dates of the other admission workshops to early in the year (November and April instead of December and May). 
 

  Timeline: Dr. Dandeneau will begin negotiations with Dean Butzow in the Fall. Depending on the results of these preliminary negotiations, Dr.  Dandeneau will then begin negotiations with the staff of the Graduate School and Research. 

  Intensity: There may be a need for feasibility data and this data would be compiled in the Fall.  Additionally, should approval be gained, there would be work demands that insure that all publications, forms and process are changed. This would most likely occur in the Spring, depending upon when the new admission cycle would begin. 

  Duration: The full year. 

Goal 2c - Scheduling 
 I. There are two scheduling goals for the academic year.  The first focuses
on the issue that scheduling of clinical/practicum courses is problematic.  Often students needing courses to graduate are unable to register for them.  The department has resolved to find a resolution for this.  The department will work with the registrar's office to try and "stair-step" scheduling so that the students with the most credits can register first.
 

  Timeline: This is a very time sensitive goal as we would like to have the solution in place for the Spring semester. 

  Intensity: High intensity in September and October by Dr. Dandeneau and Dr. Fontaine. 

  Duration: Potentially only Fall semester. 

II. The second goal focuses on the recommendation of the external reviewers
to develop a "fixed schedule" that would ease student planning of course progression through the program.  A sub-committee (Dr. Dandeneau, Dr. Guth, Dr. Rishel and a member of the student organization, CESA) will develop several static calendar options and present their recommendations to the faculty. The faculty will then work to a final consensus decision regarding the schedule. 

Timeline: The actual implementation of this goal cannot occur until 
Summer 2004.  So, hope is that the sub-committee could make recommendations in early Spring or late Summer with the final decision made at the Summer 2003 retreat.  

Intensity: Moderate intensity in both Fall, Spring and Summer by the committee.  

Duration: Fall through Summer.

Goal 3 - Maintain Faculty FTE 

 
The faculty anticipates the retirement of Dr. John Worzbyt at the end of Summer 2003.  The department is concerned that the University planning that calls for the elimination of 29 faculty positions could include his position.  The department chair, Dr. Dandeneau, will work closely with Dr. Butzow to  advocate on behalf of that position being maintained within the department. With successful retention of the position, a departmental search committee will be formed to fill the position.  The position would start in the Fall 2003.  Should the department not be successful in keeping the faculty FTE, then Dr.  Dandeneau will address with faculty the feasibility of maintaining the operation of a school certification program and present the departmental recommendations to the Dean. 
 

Timeline: This goal will need to be attended to for the full academic year and will have to coincide with the University planning process.  Dr. Dandeneau will stay abreast of developments and will focus her monthly meetings with the Dean on this issue.  

Intensity: High intensity in both Fall and Spring.  

Duration: Fall through Spring.

Goal 4 - Curriculum

Goal 4a

Respond to the need for Field Experience for the MA degree to bemoved to a 600-hour experience. The rules and regulations as developedby the licensure board call for this to be completed by 2007 and thatsubsequent 6 credits of practicum/internship will suffice.  The department goal is to monitor and track developments in this area asnecessary. 

Timeline: On-going.

Intensity: Low intensity throughout all semesters.

Duration: On-going.

Goal 4b
Several classes, which have been offered under the temporary COUN 681 prefix need to be moved through the University curriculum process to have them institutionalized.  A sub-committee (Drs. McCarthy, L'Amoreaux,Rishel, and Guth) has been developed to champion four classes throughthe curriculum process.  The classes are:  Family Issues in Counseling;Wellness Issues in Counseling; Diagnostic Issues in Counseling; and Human Sexuality Issues in Counseling.
 

 Timeline: The preparation of the new course curriculum request will be developed in mid-Fall.  The proposals will be presented to the  College Curriculum Committee in late Fall.  Movement to the  University Graduate Committee will follow in early Spring.  Subsequent approval by the Senate will occur in late Spring.  

Intensity: The efforts in this area are high during the early to mid-Fall.  

Duration: Throughout the academic year until approval is achieved.

Goal 5 - In-Service and Professional Development Outreach


Under the leadership of Dr. McCarthy the department will continue to offer 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 target goals are to have a workshop in the Pittsburgh area in  the Fall, and a workshop in the Indiana area in the Spring.
 

Timeline: Planning and implementation will occur in both Fall and Spring.  

Intensity: Dr. McCarthy will take the lead in both the planning and the implementation of the workshops with the
intensity surrounding the actual dates of the workshops.  

Duration: The full year.

Goal 6 - Enhancement of the Monroeville Program 

We will seek to enhance and improve: 1.) the working relationship with the Director of Off-Campus Studies; 2.) the clinical facilities available at the  site; 3.) the policies with respect to practicum and internship; and 4.) the departmental interaction/interface with the Monroeville students. 
 

 Timeline: On-going 
  Intensity: On-going 
  Duration: On-going

Goal 7 - Clinical Space 

   We will continue to coordinate the usage of the clinical space that includes collaboration with the Educational Psychologydepartment. 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. Drs. Guth and Dandeneau will complete a foundation/grant proposal for distribution to possible funding sources. 
 

 Timeline: The investigation of the funding possibilities will be on-going. The completion of the proposal will be by December 2002.  

Intensity: The efforts to complete the proposal are substantial.  Once completed, the intensity changes and is   moved in the direction of locating the possible funding sources.  

Duration: Until funding is found!


Goal 8 - PDE/NCATE Review

 
We will work in conjunction with Associate Dean John Johnsonin the support of the College's efforts to prepare for both thePennsylvania Department of Education and the National Councilfor 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 9 - Advisory Board 


Maintaining an energized and meaningful connection to our alumni important to the  department. We will work to enhance our utilization of our alumni to support and improve departmental curriculum and facilitate the department's ability to, not only maintain the status quo, but challenge the department to "think outside the box" and be on the cuttingedge of counselor training and preparation. Focus will be on: developing a tracking system for surveying alumni, creatingfundraising initiatives, and begin planning for the 40th year Departmental Anniversary in 2006. 
  

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 on the board and help facilitate its efforts. 

Duration: On-going.

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