2013-18 Strategic Plan

Faculty of Education Strategic Plan 2013-2018

This strategic plan is based on University and provincial priorities, discussion within our Faculty, responses from external reviewers, and suggestions from our students. As with all strategic plans, it is designed to provide direction for our Faculty for the next five years. Ideally, it should be a ‘living’ document that is consulted on a regular basis and that evolves as needs and priorities change over time.

Mission
The mission of the Faculty of Education is to enhance the study and practice of education through teaching, research, scholarship and service.

Vision   
The Faculty of Education will be recognized as a leader in education for its contributions to teaching, research, scholarship and service. We will continue to provide students, faculty and staff with diverse learning experiences and support their professional growth and well-being. The Faculty will be known as a place for inquiry and innovation designed to encourage ongoing critical dialogue and action regarding education and learning across the lifespan. In pursuing this vision we will foster respect, reciprocity, relationships, and responsibility amongst all members of the University community and beyond.

Bachelor of Education Programs Statement
Our Bachelor of Education (BEd) programs (either the two-year After-Degree or the five-year Integrated Music/Education program) provide beginning teachers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to develop the dispositions needed to be ethically responsible professionals in an ever-changing teaching and learning environment. BEd students benefit from a stream-based program, strong university/school partnerships, international course offerings, opportunities to participate in professional /academic conferences, and co-curricular activities.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Education Program Statement
The Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education (PBDE) is a flexible, 30 credit-hour program, that provides ongoing professional development for practicing teachers and administrators in many high priority areas such as advances in new curriculum, educational leadership, teaching English as an additional language, school counselling and teaching in inclusive classrooms. Although a diploma program unto itself, for some students, the PBDE also serves as a ‘springboard’ to the Master of Education program.

Graduate Programs Statement
Our graduate programs provide experienced educators and other professionals with the opportunity to engage in advanced practice and research in a wide variety of areas in curriculum, teaching and learning and educational administration, foundations and psychology. Master of Education (MEd) programs are either thesis- or course-based and the PhD program is offered to cohorts in specific areas or as an individualized program through the ‘ad hoc’ route.

 

Mission and Vision statements were approved by Faculty Council May 20, 2014

Priorities

 

 1.  Academic Enhancement
 Goal:
   The Faculty of Education will be recognized for its relevant and   
 innovative programming and responsiveness to educational
 partners while supporting the teaching/research interests of
 faculty members.
 Action Plan: 
 i)    The Faculty will support faculty members in integrating Aboriginal
 perspectives, cross-cultural perspectives, technology, and education for
 sustainable development in the courses they teach.
 ii)  

 The Faculty will continue to ensure that our academic programs and
 any future program development are informed by research (consistent
 with our emerging Strategic Research Plan).
  
    a. The Faculty will initiate the development of a Teacher Education
 Research Group and will invite interested faculty members to take part.
 The efforts of people involved in such a group could impact our
 teaching, future research projects, and our presence in the cross-
 national dialogue on teacher education and teacher education reform.

    b. The Faculty will explore opportunities to become a centre for
        human rights education.

    c. The Faculty will consider new initiatives that have the potential for
        generating research opportunities for individual and collaborative
        research.

    d. The Faculty will develop our relationships with other
        groups/institutions and develop programs to reflect and support
        provincial workforce needs.

 iii)

 The Faculty will encourage interdisciplinarity by:

    a. Implementing the revised BEd program which includes a high 
       degree of integrated coursework;

   b. Considering the possibility of revising the MEd program so that
       the boundaries between the specializations are more permeable to 
       students and faculty;

   c. Exploring the possibility with Faculty of Graduate Studies of   
      revising the admission criteria into current program specializations, 
      cohorts and individualized ad hoc options of the PhD program;

   d. Seeking to enhance opportunities to include professors from 
       outside the Faculty to sit on graduate student committees; and

   e. Examining the assignment of workload to facilitate team-teaching
       when requested.

 iv)

 With the assistance of the Faculty Academic Development Officer,
 the Faculty will develop a Community Outreach Strategy and will put 
 supports in place for activities designed to be responsive to the
 priorities of the University and the Province and to provide faculty and
 students with opportunities to become actively involved in those
 activities.

 v)  The Faculty will explore how the PBDE might best respond to
 University and government priorities in areas such as EAL (English as
 an Additional Language), ESD (Education for Sustainable
 Development), Human Rights, and Aboriginal Education by offering
 specializations through targeted course offerings. Currently, the Faculty
 provides such targeted course offerings in Educational Administration,
 Inclusive Special Education, and School Counselling so this would
 expand what we are already doing.
 vi)  The Faculty will explore the feasibility of generating new revenue
 sources to enhance the quality of the programs we offer by increasing
 undergraduate tuition rates.
 vii)   The Faculty will develop a Strategic Enrolment Management Plan that
 will guide enrolment in the Faculty’s programs
   
 2.    
 Outstanding Student Experience
 Goal:
   The Faculty of Education will provide students with diverse  
 research-based learning experiences, designed to foster an ongoing
 critical dialogue regarding the role of education in a just and
 democratic world.
 Action Plan:
 i)  Our students will become better informed of Aboriginal/Indigenous
 worldviews, cross-cultural perspectives, technology and education for
 sustainable development through the integration of these areas across
 courses and programs.
 ii)  The Faculty will continue to seek funding in the area of technology
 through the Faculty of Education Endowment Fund and other sources
 so that our students can use equipment and resources consistent with
 those found in Manitoba schools.
 iii)    The Faculty will revise the Diversity and Equity policy for the B. Ed.
 program so that we attract, admit, and graduate more students from
 diverse backgrounds.
 iv)  The Faculty will strengthen the undergraduate research experience
 (consistent with our emerging Strategic Research Plan) by:

    a. Offering a “Research in Education” elective course for
        B. Ed. students;

    b. supporting an annual BEd Research & Inquiry Day;

    c. continuing its funding for BEd students to attend the
        annual WestCAST conference;

    d. developing a process whereby interested BEd students
        can be hired as research assistants for faculty members 
        conducting research in areas of common interest; and

    e. continuing its funding for BEd students awarded 
        the University of Manitoba undergraduate student
        research awards.
v)      The Faculty will continue to look for alternative funding sources for
 full-time and part-time graduate students and will place this as a high
 priority item in communicating with our potential donors.
 vi)    Informed by the MEd Review and consistent with a Strategic
 Enrolment Plan, the Faculty will shift teaching resources from the B.
 Ed. to the graduate level so that we can admit more eligible graduate
 students, particularly in high–demand areas.
 vii)   The Faculty will partner with the Faculty of Graduate Studies,
 International Student Centre, and the English Language Centre to
 increase its international student enrolment and provide the kinds of
 social, academic, and financial supports that are necessary to optimize
 students’ experiences and success. We will also explore ways in which
 our international students can interact more regularly with our
 domestic students as a way of enhancing reciprocal inter-cultural
 understandings.
 viii)  The Faculty will develop an Internationalization Strategy that aligns
 with the University’s plan and is consistent with the intent of the
 Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) Accord on
 Internationalization in Teacher Education.
 ix)  The Faculty will continue to develop reciprocal arrangements with
 other post-secondary institutions to build capacity and provide
 opportunities for faculty and students.
 x)      The Faculty will work with our Donor Relations Officer to develop a
 strategy to secure additional sources of financial support so that,
 regardless of their financial limitations, students will be able to take
 advantage of provincial, national and international exchange
 opportunities if interested
 xi)     The Faculty will develop proactive strategies for promoting
 professional norms and a respectful learning environment and for
 dealing with incidents involving unprofessional conduct in a timely,
 respectful, and transparent fashion by:

    a. Engaging in regular formal dialogues with students and 
        representatives from the Manitoba Teachers’ Society on
        issues of professionalism; and

    b. Discussing issues regarding professional ethics with
        representatives in other professional programs across
        the University.
 xii)    The Faculty will re-examine our Communication Plan to ensure that
 future students, current students, and the general public can easily
 access accurate information regarding the programs that we offer and
 the research we are conducting. This will involve developing an
 effective strategy for ensuring that all information is accurate on our
 website and in other forms of communication.
 xiii)  Given the University’s policy on shared instructional space, the
 Faculty, in collaboration with Education Student Council, will consider
 how the physical environment of the Education Building can be 
 improved to create a greater sense of pride and community.
   
 3.   
 Aboriginal Achievement
 Goal:
   Working collaboratively with others, the Faculty of Education will
 be a respectful and reciprocal centre of Aboriginal/Indigenous
 education to support Aboriginal communities and schools
 Action Plan: 
 i)      The Faculty will increase its enrolment of Aboriginal students from 6%
 to at least 10% by:

    a. Revising the Diversity and Equity policy within the
        B.Ed. Admissions process; and

    b. Developing an Aboriginal Recruitment Strategy in
        collaboration with University 1, Diversity Services, the
        Privacy Office, the University of Manitoba ACCESS program,
        and the Executive Lead, Indigenous Achievement;

    c. Partnering with Aboriginal organizations that have access to  
        communities to collaborate on recruitment strategies.
 ii)      The Faculty will strengthen its commitment to better preparing teacher 
 candidates for working effectively and respectfully with Aboriginal
 students in educational settings and by increasing practicum
 opportunities in Aboriginal and northern communities.
 iii)     The Faculty will collaborate with Aboriginal groups and school
 divisions to develop new PBDE and graduate cohorts and programs
 that are designed to build capacity in Aboriginal education.
 iv)     The Faculty will collaborate with Aboriginal groups to develop
 research capacity that is responsive to, and respectful of, Aboriginal
 people and communities and is designed to improve teaching practices
 and ultimately, the academic achievement of Aboriginal students.
   
 4.
 Outstanding Employer
 Goal:
   The Faculty of Education will be a respectful, caring workplace of
 choice for all academic and support staff (full-time, part-time and
 sessional), providing opportunities for leadership, recognition, and
 development
 Action Plan:
 i)     The Faculty will support faculty and staff who wish to have a broader
 understanding of Aboriginal/Indigenous and diverse worldviews in
 order to develop a more welcoming and inclusive workplace.
 ii)     With the support of others, the Dean will develop a faculty
 Recruitment, Retention and Renewal Plan.
 iii)    The Faculty will look for creative ways to support faculty and staff
 (including sessional instructors) in their orientation to the University
 and the Faculty, and to provide opportunities for ongoing professional
 and leadership development.
 iv)     The Faculty will increase opportunities for professional dialogue and
 collaboration within our Faculty and across the University.
 v)     The staff will be encouraged to participate in university-wide
 committees and other community-based initiatives and will be
 supported and recognized for their contributions.
 vi)    The Faculty, in partnership with Marketing & Communications Office
 (MCO), our Communications Coordinator, and our Donor Relations
 Officer and others, will develop a narrative of teaching that will
 strengthen our presence and reputation in the University and in the
 community and will elevate the profile of the teaching profession.
vii)   The Faculty will continue to provide a Research Grants Facilitator who
 will support faculty in the areas of research development, grant
 applications, and scholarly review.
 viii)  Working with the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and
 Learning (formerly known as University Teaching Service or UTS) the
 Faculty will promote itself as a valuable teaching/research resource for
 teaching and learning across the lifespan.


Posted June 2014