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College of Public Affairs Strategic Plan 2015-2018

The College of Public Affairs' mission statement was developed through a comprehensive process. It aligns well with the University's mission statement. The first three outcome goals are well reflected in the college's mission statement.

College of Public Affairs Vision and Mission

Vision: To be among the top twenty-five schools of public affairs in the United States.

Mission: The College of Public Affairs (CPA) at the University of Baltimore is a vibrant, urban college engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research that promotes excellence in the public and nonprofit sectors. CPA is an intellectual catalyst for local, regional, national and global leadership in the fields of public administration, international affairs, conflict management and negotiation, health and human services and criminal justice. CPA influences the broader community through traditional degree programs, continuing education, research and engaged practice.

The College of Public Affairs inspires and educates a diverse student body whose education grounds them in theory and practice and readies them to contribute to their organizations and communities. Our engaged faculty and practitioners are committed to improving the practice in their fields through excellence in instruction, research and applied practice.

Strategic Goals and Measurable Objectives

GOAL 1 (TEACHING): 
Ensure that the college’s graduates have the knowledge and skills for continued learning, career success, and responsible citizenship.

  • Objective 1.1: Continued Learning

    “Three-and-four-years-out” college graduates will indicate that they are well-prepared to learn new skills and acquire new information on their own to keep pace with and understand change.

  • Objective 1.2a: Career Success

    “Three-and-four-years-out” college graduates will indicate that their CPA degree led to a more satisfying position/career or a promotion.

  • Objective 1.2b: Career Success

    The college's “three-and-four-years-out” professional program graduates will be employed in their field (or related professions).

  • Objective 1.3a: Citizenship

    The college's “three-and-four-years-out” graduates will have volunteered a minimum of 10 hours during the previous year in civic, community, and not-for-profit organizations.

  • Objective 1.3b: Citizenship

    The college's “three-and-four-years-out” graduates will regularly vote in presidential and mid-term elections. (Excluding foreign student graduates.)

  • Objective 1.4a: Assessment

    The college's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will conduct learning outcome assessments pursuant to an adopted schedule. [Number of programs with academic year outcome assessments completed by the following September.]

  • Objective 1.4b: Assessment

    The college's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will make programmatic changes to address concerns identified by learning outcome assessments. [Percentage of programs with deficient outcome assessment results during the last five (5) academic years that implemented corrective action plans within the following two (2) academic years.]

  • Objective 1.5: Adjunct Instruction

    No more than 35% of the credit hours taught in the college program’s courses will be taught by adjunct instructors. [Newly-created programs and offerings in new venues (including on-line) should not be included in the measure until they have been running for three years.]

  • Objective 1.6: Student Retention and Graduation

    The college will graduate a high proportion (TBD) of degree-seeking students who successfully complete the first 25% of their program and do not elect to pursue their degree or degree-program elsewhere.

GOAL 2 (RESEARCH): 
Produce research that advances traditional scholarship and applied research that provides a product or service for use by practitioners in a field.

  • Objective 2.1: Advance Traditional Scholarship

    The college's faculty and research center staff will produce refereed and other scholarly articles, reports, and books.

  • Objective 2.2: Provide Applied Research

    The college's faculty and research center staff will provide products and services for the use of practitioners in their fields.

GOAL 3 (SERVICE): 
Apply our knowledge and expertise to support the civic, economic, intellectual, and cultural growth of the community.

  • Objective 3.1: Enrich Cultural and Intellectual Life

    The college will sponsor or co-sponsor "open to the public," educational and cultural events attended by at least 25 (non-UB) members of the community.

  • Objective 3.2: Support the Community

    The college's faculty and research center staff will contribute their expertise to Maryland communities, businesses, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

GOAL 4 (CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS):
Create a vibrant academic and intellectual environment and an enhanced sense of community for faculty, students, and staff.

  • Objective 4.1: Vibrant Academic and Intellectual Environment

    The college’s community (faculty, students and staff) will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the college's academic and intellectual environment.

  • Objective 4.2: Sense of Community

    The college’s community(faculty, students and staff) will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the college's community spirit.

GOAL 5 (CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS):
Expand and diversify the college's revenue sources through student recruitment, institutional advancement, and sponsored research activities.

  • Objective 5.1: Student Recruitment

    Undergraduate and graduate credit hours taught by college faculty and adjuncts.

  • Objective 5.2: Institutional Advancement

    Total gifts and grants per year.

  • Objective 5.3: Sponsored Research

    Total amount of revenue generated through sponsored research grants and contracts.


School of Criminal Justice

 

Mission: The School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) educates its students to be critical thinkers who can apply the knowledge they learn to related problems in the field of criminal justice, develop ideas to address those problems, and effectively communicate their ideas in a professional setting. We emphasize the integration of theory and practice to allow students to study crime and explore the broad field of criminal justice. Our faculty’s research and service improves practice and informs the discussion of the local, state, national, and global policy challenges facing the criminal justice system and forensic science.

Our undergraduate programs prepare students for employment in professional settings that require good interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills, or for graduate-level education in criminal justice and forensics. Our graduate programs provide students with professional development for successful careers in leadership and management roles within public and private agencies, or for further post-graduate studies in criminal justice.

Strategic Goals

GOAL 1 (TEACHING): 
Ensure that SCJ graduates have the knowledge and skills (i) for career success and continuing professional growth in their organizations, and (ii) for graduate-level education in criminal justice and forensics.

  • Objective 1.1: Continued Learning

    “Three-and-four-years-out” SCJ graduates will indicate that they are well-prepared to learn new skills and acquire new information on their own to keep pace with and understand change.

  • Objective 1.2a: Career Success

    “Three-and-four-years-out” SCJ graduates will indicate that their degree led to a more satisfying position/career or a promotion.

  • Objective 1.2b: Career Success

    SCJ “three-and-four-years-out” graduates will be employed in their field (or related professions).

  • Objective 1.3: Continued Learning

    “Three-and-four-years-out” SCJ undergraduate program graduates who pursue related (full- or part-time) graduate degrees will indicate that they are well-prepared to undertake their advanced degree program.

  • Objective 1.4a: Assessment

    SCJ's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will conduct learning outcome assessments pursuant to an adopted schedule. [Number of programs with academic year outcome assessments completed by the following September.]

  • Objective 1.4b: Assessment

    SCJ's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will make programmatic changes to address concerns identified by learning outcome assessments. [Percentage of programs with deficient outcome assessment results during the last five (5) academic years that implemented corrective action plans within the following two (2) academic years.]

  • Objective 1.5 Adjunct Instruction

    No more than 35% of the credit hours taught in a SCJ program’s courses will be taught by adjunct instructors. [Newly-created programs and offerings in new venues (including on-line) should not be included in the measure until they have been running for three years.]

  • Objective 1.6: Student Retention and Graduation

    SCJ will graduate a high proportion (TBD) of degree-seeking students once they successfully complete the first 25% of their program. [Students who elect to pursue their degree or degree-program elsewhere should not be included in the measure.]

GOAL 2 (RESEARCH):
Produce research that improves professional practice and informs the discussion of policy challenges facing local, state, national, and global criminal justice organizations and forensic science.

  • Objective 2.1: Advance Traditional Scholarship

    SCJ faculty will produce refereed and other scholarly articles, reports, and books.

  • Objective 2.2: Provide Applied Research

    SCJ faculty will provide products and services for the use of practitioners in their fields.

GOAL 3 (SERVICE):
Apply our knowledge and expertise to support and improve organizational effectiveness and inform the discussion of local, state, national, and global policy challenges facing criminal justice organizations and forensic science.

  • Objective 3.1: Support and improve policing and criminal justice organizational effectiveness and inform the discussion of the policy challenges facing these organizations.

    SCJ will sponsor or co-sponsor "open to the public," educational events attended by at least 25 (non-UB) members of the community.

  • Objective 3.2: Support and improve criminal justice and forensic science effectiveness and inform the discussion of the policy challenges facing these organizations.         

    SCJ faculty will contribute their expertise to Maryland communities, criminal justice organizations, forensic science, and related government agencies.

GOAL 4 (CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS):
Create a vibrant academic and intellectual environment and an enhanced sense of community for SCJ faculty and students.

  • Objective 4.1: Vibrant Academic and Intellectual Environment

    The SCJ’s faculty members and students will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the School's academic and intellectual environment.

  • Objective 4.2: Sense of Community

    The SCJ’s faculty members and students will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the School's community spirit.


School of Health and Human Services

 

Mission: The School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) prepares students to contribute effectively to health and human services organizations in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors, and to understand and think critically about policy challenges in these domains. Our program faculty provides professional competencies to improve the organizations in which graduates work and to enhance the well-being of the populations graduates serve. Our faculty’s research and service to their professions improve practice and inform the discussion of the local, regional, and global challenges facing their fields.

SHHS graduate programs provide the requisite knowledge and skills for successful careers as leaders and practitioners in graduates’ respective fields. Our undergraduate programs prepare graduates for entry into their respective health and human service professions. 

Strategic Goals

GOAL 1 (TEACHING):
Ensure that SHHS graduates have the knowledge and skills for career success and continuing professional growth in health-care and human services organizations.

  • Objective 1.1: Continued Learning

    “Three-and-four-years-out” SHHS graduates will indicate that they are well-prepared to learn new skills and acquire new information on their own to keep pace with and understand change.

  • Objective 1.2a: Career Success

    “Three-and-four-years-out” SHHS graduates will indicate that their degree led to a more satisfying position/career, or a promotion.

  • Objective 1.2b: Career Success

    SHHS “three-and-four-years-out” graduates will be employed in their field (or related professions).

  • Objective 1.3a: Assessment

    SHHS's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will conduct learning outcome assessments pursuant to an adopted schedule. [Number of programs with academic year outcome assessments completed by the following September.]

  • Objective 1.3b: Assessment

    SHHS's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will make programmatic changes to address concerns identified by learning outcome assessments. [Percentage of programs with deficient outcome assessment results during the last five (5) academic years that implemented corrective action plans within the following two (2) academic years.]

  • Objective 1.4: Adjunct Instruction

    Consistent with the College of Public Affairs Adjunct Instruction goal, no more than 35% of the credit hours taught in a SHHS program’s courses will be taught by adjunct instructors. [Newly-created programs and offerings in new venues (including on-line) should not be included in the measure until they have been running for three years.]

  • Objective 1.5 Student Retention and Graduation

    SHHS will graduate a high proportion (TBD) of degree-seeking students who successfully complete the first 25% of their program and do not elect to pursue their degree or degree-program elsewhere.

GOAL 2 (RESEARCH):
Produce research that improves professional practice and informs the discussion of the health and social policy challenges facing Baltimore, the region, and the world.

  • Objective 2.1: Advance Traditional Scholarship

    SHHS faculty will produce refereed and other scholarly articles, reports, and books.

  • Objective 2.2: Provide Applied Research

    SHHS faculty will provide products and services for the use of practitioners in their fields.

GOAL 3 (SERVICE):
Apply our knowledge and expertise to support and improve health-care and human services organizations and the populations that they serve.

  • Objective 3.1: Support and improve health-care and human services organizations and the populations that they serve.

    SHHS will sponsor or co-sponsor "open to the public," educational events attended by at least 25 (non-UB) members of the community.

  • Objective 3.2: Support and improve health-care and human services organizations and the populations that they serve.

    SHHS faculty will contribute their expertise to Maryland communities, health-care and human services organizations, and government agencies.

GOAL 4 (CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS):
Create a vibrant academic and intellectual environment and an enhanced sense of community for SHHS faculty and students.

  • Objective 4.1: Vibrant Academic and Intellectual Environment

    The SHHS’s faculty members and students will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the School's academic and intellectual environment.

  • Objective 4.2: Sense of Community

    The SHHS’s faculty members and students will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the School's community spirit.


School of Public and International Affairs

 

Mission: The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) prepares students to contribute effectively to public, not-for-profit, and non-governmental organizations in the fields of public and not-for-profit administration, global affairs and human security, and negotiations and conflict management, and to understand and think critically about policy, governance, and practice challenges in these domains. Through instruction, discussion, and example, we provide students with the knowledge and skills to improve the organizations in which they work and to enhance the well-being of the populations those organizations serve. Our faculty’s research and service to their professions improves practice and informs the discussion of the local, regional, and global policy challenges facing their fields.

SPIA graduate programs provide the requisite knowledge and skills for successful careers as leaders and practitioners in graduates’ respective fields. Our undergraduate programs prepare graduates both for entry into and advancement in their chosen profession. 

Strategic Goals

GOAL 1 (TEACHING):
Ensure that SPIA graduates have the knowledge and skills for career success and continuing professional growth in their organizations.

  • Objective 1.1: Continued Learning

    “Three-and-four-years-out” SPIA graduates will indicate that they are well-prepared to learn new skills and acquire new information on their own to keep pace with and understand change.

  • Objective 1.2a: Career Success

    “Three-and-four-years-out” SPIA graduates will indicate that their degree led to a more satisfying position/career or a promotion.

  • Objective 1.2b: Career Success

    SPIA “three-and-four-years-out” graduates will be employed in their field (or related professions).

  • Objective 1.3a: Assessment

    SPIA's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will conduct learning outcome assessments pursuant to an adopted schedule. [Number of programs with academic year outcome assessments completed by the following September.]

  • Objective 1.3b: Assessment

    SPIA's undergraduate and graduate instructional programs will make programmatic changes to address concerns identified by learning outcome assessments. [Percentage of programs with deficient outcome assessment results during the last five (5) academic years that implemented corrective action plans within the following two (2) academic years.]

  • Objective 1.4: Adjunct Instruction

    No more than 35% of the credit hours taught in a SPIA program’s courses will be taught by adjunct instructors. [Newly-created programs and offerings in new venues (including on-line) should not be included in the measure until they have been running for three years.]

  • Objective 1.5 Student Retention and Graduation

    SPIA will graduate a high proportion (TBD) of degree-seeking students who successfully complete the first 25% of their program and do not elect to pursue their degree or degree-program elsewhere.

GOAL 2 (RESEARCH):
Produce research that improves professional practice and informs the discussion of the health and social policy challenges facing Baltimore, the region, and the world.

  • Objective 2.1: Advance Traditional Scholarship

    SPIA faculty will produce refereed and other scholarly articles, reports, and books.

  • Objective 2.2: Provide Applied Research

    SPIA faculty will provide products and services for the use of practitioners in their fields.

GOAL 3 (SERVICE):
Apply our knowledge and expertise to support and improve health-care and human services organizations and the populations that they serve.

  • Objective 3.1: Support and improve public and not-for-profit organizational effectiveness and inform the discussion of the policy challenges facing these organizations.

    SPIA will sponsor or co-sponsor "open to the public," educational events attended by at least 25 (non-UB) members of the community.

  • Objective 3.2: Support and improve public and not-for-profit organizational effectiveness and inform the discussion of the policy challenges facing these organizations.

    SPIA faculty will contribute their expertise to Maryland communities, organizations, and government agencies.

GOAL 4 (CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS):
Create a vibrant academic and intellectual environment and an enhanced sense of community for SHHS faculty and students.

  • Objective 4.1: Vibrant Academic and Intellectual Environment

    The SPIA’s faculty members and students will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the School's academic and intellectual environment.

  • Objective 4.2: Sense of Community

    The SPIA’s faculty members and students will be satisfied or well-satisfied with the School's community spirit.