Strategic Plan

Last Updated February 2013

The SLIS strategic directions and key performance indicators are reviewed in depth and if necessary updated each November at a two day faculty retreat in San Jose.  The decisions are then further reviewed and finalized at each February faculty retreat. Progress on each goal is also evaluated at three other meetings.

Our School's shared governance committees are responsible for developing, evaluating, and implementing our strategic plan. Each governance committee is tasked with specific objectives related to the strategic plan.

Strategic Directions

1. To enhance curricular and program quality;
2. To deliver programs across disciplinary and geographic boundaries;
3. To enhance student experience and success through a participatory engaging e-learning environment;
4. To implement and review standards for faculty and staff development and renewal;
5. To strengthen existing and establish new strategic relationships outside the School for advancement of the School's mission and vision;
6. To foster a research environment.

Strategic Direction 1: To enhance curricular and program quality

Ref# Goals Lead
1.1 MLIS: Review on an on-going basis the overall goals, curriculum, structure and outcomes of the MLIS degree program & monitor implementation. Data gathered will be analyzed and used to make changes in the program
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Exit survey trends
    • Assessment reports
    • Employer-based program advisory committee input
    • Successful e-portfolio completions (illustrates program learning outcomes)
    • Track graduates/alumni placements via alumni surveys
    • Identify curriculum gaps based on input from program advisory committees
    • Receive re-accreditation by ALA in 2014
    • Program review completed in 2014
CPDC
1.2 MARA: Review on an ongoing basis the overall goals, curriculum, structure and outcomes of the MARA degree program & monitor implementation. Data gathered will be analyzed and used to make changes in the program.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Exit survey trends
    • Assessment reports
    • Employer-based programs advisory committee input
    • Track graduates/alumni placements
    • Identify curriculum gaps based on input from program advisory committee
    • Program review completed in 2013
CPDC with MARA Program Coordinator
1.3 Teacher Librarian: Review on an ongoing basis the overall goals, curriculum, structure and outcomes of the Teacher Librarian program & monitor implementation. Data gathered will be analyzed and used to make changes in the program
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Exit survey trends
    • Assessment reports
    • Employer-based program advisory committee input
    • Track graduates/alumni placements
    • Develop student monitoring rubrics (measured by a supervisor survey in LIBR 295)
CPDC with TL Program Coordinator
1.4 Post-Master's Certificate: Review on an ongoing basis the overall goals, curriculum, structure and outcomes of the Post-Master's certificate program & monitor implementation. Data gathered will be analyzed and used to make changes in the program
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Enrollment rates and student background
    • Exit survey trends
    • Employer-based program advisory committee input
    • Develop new certificate areas based on employer feedback
CPDC with Associate Director and Student Services Coordinator
1.5 Gateway Phd: Review on an ongoing basis the overall goals, curriculum, structure and outcomes of the Gateway Ph.D. degree program & monitor implementation.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Residency surveys
    • Enrollment and graduation rates
    • Track graduates/alumni
    • Exit survey
    • Publications list
Gateway PhD program Coordinator with PhD involved faculty
1.6 Broaden the curriculum to address the rapidly changing library and information science profession and evolving skill sets.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Annual environmental job scan to identify curriculum gaps
    • Input from program advisory committees
    • Add variable unit classes; intensive formats; new delivery formats such as MOOCs
CPDC and Program Advisory Committee Leads
1.7 Identify and implement ways to build in diversity components into the curriculum.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Annual curriculum diversity survey
DC
1.8 Identify and implement ways to build in internationalization and globalization components into the curriculum.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Faculty survey on internationalization components in courses
    • Expand virtually abroad concept
    • Expand partnership with World Languages to develop more language courses
CPDC
1.9 Ensure overall quality of program delivery
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Sloan-C Benchmark
    • Quality Matters
Assistant Director for Distance Learning

Strategic Direction 2. To deliver programs across disciplinary and geographic boundaries

Ref# Goals Lead
2.1 Identify opportunities for interdisciplinary courses, degrees, certificates, where programmatic strengths and priorities intersect.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Interdisciplinary focus in faculty hiring
Director; CPDC
2.2 Be recognized as a school of choice internationally.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Grow the student base across the continent (out-of-state) and internationally
    • Develop pilot expansion of the program and/or research initiatives in countries outside of the US and Canada
Director; Marketing Coordinator
2.3 Expand physical and virtual internship opportunities to beyond libraries and across geographies.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Get employer input into guidelines and internship success metrics
    • Update internship database to better reflect virtual internship opportunities
CPDC; Internship Coordinator
2.4 Revise and update Career Pathways to represent new and emerging areas.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Get input from program advisory committees and International Advisory Council
CPDC; Program Advisory Committee Leads
2.5 Increase opportunities for professional education.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Develop additional areas for the post-masters certificate
    • Support online global Library 2.0 conference series
    • Support ongoing colloquia offerings
CPDC; Director; Colloquia Coordinator
2.6 Widen the marketing of the School to multiple audiences and locations.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Add more technology, information science, and other non-library conferences
    • Use social media marketing techniques
    • Host virtual open houses
Director; STRC; Marketing Coordinator

Strategic Direction 3: To enhance student experience and success through a participatory engaging e-learning environment;

Ref# Goals Lead
3.1 Retain and graduate as many students as possible.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Provide writing, technology, and advising support
    • Provide student assistantships and scholarships
    • Monitor retention rates at transition points (after LIBR 203, less than B students, ePortfolio completion)
Director and Faculty; SSSANC
3.2 Continuous community-building, student interactions, and engagement with the School through Web 2.0 and social software.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Hold regular virtual meeting opportunities for students to interact with Faculty, the Director, other students, and experts in the LIS field
    • Encourage student online participation in School committees
    • Provide opportunities for students to publish their research in the Student Research journal
    • Support a rich set of online student associations
STRC
3.3 Increase student involvement and participation in broader sets of professional associations.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Increase student professional networking opportunities through LinkedIn and other social media
    • Offer Trendspotting courses at major conferences
    • Support a rich set of online student associations
STRC; SSSANC
3.4 Encourage students to think of the MLIS and MARA degrees as providing skills that can be applied in many physical and virtual places.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Expand career support for students (e.g., through website, trainings, blog, mentoring, speakers, counseling)
Director
3.5 Provide support to a diverse student body.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Make Spectrum Scholars and all students feel welcome
    • Recruit underrepresented groups of students
DC

Strategic Direction 4: To implement and review standards for faculty and staff development and renewal

Ref# Goals Lead
4.1 Develop a plan for faculty renewal based on identified priorities for directions and growth.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Increase number and diversity of new tenure track faculty
    • Regular review SLIS's school RTP guidelines
    • Creation of guides to help with the RTP process and expectations
Director and Faculty
4.2 Assess ways to help full and part time faculty feel more engaged, invested, familiar with the School's programs and policies, and comfortable with technology.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Create profiles of accomplishments, support professional engagement, give awards
    • Plan and implement and ongoing faculty institute for curriculum coordination and technology training
    • Provide a mentor to new full time faculty
    • Integrate part time faculty through communication on D2L, T3 workshops, New faculty checklists
    • Communicate standards for SOTES
    • Update Faculty Handbook
FDFRC with Assoc. Director; Assoc. Director for Distance Learning
4.3 Develop a culture of learning among staff.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Hold regular staff meetings
    • Encourage participation in workshops
    • Provide technology training
Director

Strategic Direction 5: To strengthen existing and establish new strategic relationships outside the School for advancement of the School's mission and vision

Ref# Goals Lead
5.1 Expand the virtual Center for Information Research and Innovation
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Showcase faculty and student research (e.g., through Student Research journal)
    • Develop research-based and innovative products for the profession/field
    • Foster grant development
    • Enhance partnerships with Silicon Valley companies and other organizations, to raise the profile of the School as a research unit
Director; Research Center Coordinator; FDFRC
5.2 Establish a strong and interdisciplinary International Advisory Council.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Enhance the role and membership of the International Advisory Board and hold both physical and virtual meetings
    • Expand the role of Council to help with increased funding
Director
5.3 Market and demonstrate the School's expertise and leadership in online distance learning (eLearning).
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Speak about our online learning model at conferences
    • Share our knowledge of online learning within the university (through presentations, SJSU articles)
    • Write articles/papers about our online learning model
    • Host the Library 2.0 online conference series
    • Promote our online colloquia series
STRC
5.4 Build strong alumni relationships
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Improve ways in which alumni can connect with the School via alumni profiles (web pages on SLISWeb) and alumni newsletters
    • Support merged Alumni and Student association (SLIS Connect)
    • Host receptions at conferences
Director; SSSANC; Marketing Coordinator
5.5 Increase money for student scholarships.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Fully endow scholarship funds
    • Get new scholarship endowments
Director

Strategic Direction 6: To foster a research environment

Ref# Goals Lead
6.1 Expand the virtual  Center for Information Research and Innovation.
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Showcase faculty and student research (e.g., through Student Research journal)
    • Develop research-based and innovative products for the profession/field
    • Foster grant development
    • Enhance partnerships with Silicon Valley companies and other organizations, to raise the profile of the School as a research unit
Director; Research Center Coordinator; FDFRC
6.2 Publish faculty, masters students and doctoral students research
  • Key Performance Indicators:
    • Number of peer reviewed publications
Director; Faculty