Simmons Strategic Plan

Simmons Strategic Plan

Simmons School of Education & Human Development Strategic Plan

Simmons Vision: Catalyzing Discovery and Innovation

Through excellence in research, teaching, and community outreach, Simmons is a catalyst for discovery and innovation that transforms social conditions and advances human potential.

Simmons Strategic Plan

Simmons School Goals

  • Recruit, retain, and graduate students of the highest quality.
  • Advance research efforts using rigorous approaches to address complex issues on both a local and global scale.
  • Create new and innovative paradigms for partnership and community impact.
  • Grow Simmons capacity and administrative infrastructure.

Department Strategies that Serve Simmons' Goals

Simmons Goal:  Recruit, retain, and graduate students of the highest quality.

Department of Teaching & Learning

  • Add diagnostician certification training to Learning Therapy curriculum.
  • In response to student and community interest, implement an Urban Education specialization.
  • Implement infrastructural changes to our educator preparation programs that address students’ self-assessment practices.

Department of Education Policy & Leadership

  • Improve and establish coherent cross-content principles and objectives for curriculum.
  • Implement an Urban Education specialization that satisfies student interest and meets a community need.
  • Build new interdisciplinary, methodological, program, and center collaborations.
  • Intentionally address equity, social justice, and diversity in courses.

Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness

  • Partner with local professional sports teams and organizations to create industry research opportunities for Master of Science in Sport Management students.
  • Provide new funding sources for Physiology PhD students.
  • Formalize an on-campus executive speakers series.

Department of Dispute Resolution & Counseling

  • Develop/implement assessment and evaluation techniques and practices in order to enhance student outcomes.
  • Increase the opportunities for involvement by students in civic and industry engagement and field work.

Graduate Liberal Studies

  • Expand field research opportunities for DLS and GLS students.
  • Develop new interdisciplinary research clusters.
  • Develop a curricular opportunity that promotes student publications and academic presentations.
  • Expand the Medical Center Partnerships. 

Simmons Goal:  Advance Research Efforts Using Rigorous Approaches to Address Complex Issues on Both a Local and Global Scale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Department of Education Policy & Leadership

  • Pursue additional support for quantitative research.

Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness

  • Pursue more research projects with area research institutions and hospitals.
  • Pursue more external grant funding from the government, private corporations, and foundations.
  • Pursue funding for a state-of-the art Locomotor Performance Laboratory extension facility to study biomechanical movement with broad ranging applications for athletes’ performance and health.

Department of Counseling & Dispute Resolution

  • Pursue opportunities for interdisciplinary research across SMU.
  • Advance efforts to integrate research and evidence-based practice as part of partnership efforts.

Research in Mathematics Education

  • Pursue research opportunities that address access/equity issues in STEM education.
  • Increase the number of externally funded grants.
  • Increase annual research expenditures by 50%.
  • Increase efforts to disseminate articles and presentations.
Budd Center 
  • Facilitate data-driven and evidence-based collaborations between families, community serving nonprofits, and traditional and non-traditional neighborhood schools in order to improve academic and social outcomes for children.

Simmons Goal: Create New and Innovative Paradigms for Partnership and Community Impact

Department of Teaching & Learning

  • Create new classes and programs that will increase community partnerships.
  • Implement an Urban Education specialization that will serve with community organizations and effect positive change in local urban settings.

Department of Education Policy & Leadership

  • Build new interdisciplinary, methodological, program, and center collaborations.

Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness 

  • Partner with local professional sports teams and organizations to create industry opportunities for MSSM students.
  • Establish industry partnerships in order to involve students in “real-client” experiential learning and initiate consulting projects with industry leaders.
  • SPL will enhance its partnerships with DISD, the Model School, and Carter High School.

Department of Counseling & Dispute Resolution

  • Increase opportunities for involvement by students in civic and industry engagement and field work.
  • Advance efforts to integrate research and evidence-based practice as part of partnership efforts.
  • Evaluate impact of community and industry partnerships.
  • Encourage, incentivize, and provide structure for interdisciplinary, cross-departmental, program and center collaborations.
  • Enhance services and capacity in the Counseling Program’s Family Therapy Clinics in Frisco, Plano, and Dallas.

Graduate Liberal Studies

  • Become involved in the new Model School, perhaps offering both Human Rights/Social Justice training for teachers and Educational Coaching and Leadership from a Human-Centered perspective.
  • Expand the Medical Center Partnerships.

Research in Mathematics Education

  • Increase our internal and external presence in the community and nationally.

Budd Center

  • Promote program evaluation measures for community programs in which the Budd Center is involved.  Equip partners with data, professional development and coaching that enables them to align actions; maximize strengths; focus interventions; impact student outcomes; and close family, community, school and nonprofit resource gaps.
  • Share lessons learned and strategies developed by The Budd Center in the field of collaborative community intervention and create The Leadership and Learning Development Model, a five-part professional development package being prototyped in FY2018-19.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the new West Dallas STEM School.

Simmons Goal:  Grow Simmons Capacity and Administrative Infrastructure 

Department of Teaching & Learning

  • Create new classes and programs that will allow the department to serve local school districts.

Department of Education Policy & Leadership

  • Strengthen 

Department of Applied Physiology & Wellness 

  • Establish a Sports Institute.
  • Conduct a major sports symposium/conference.
  • Formalize an on-campus executive speakers series.
  • Establish an advisory board.

Department of Counseling & Dispute Resolution

  • Be intentional in efforts to recruit high-quality, diverse faculty members during upcoming faculty searches; strive to retain current "diverse" faculty and staff members.
  • Encourage, incentivize, and provide structure for interdisciplinary, cross-departmental, program and center collaborations.
  • Strengthen processes and systems for faculty governance and decision-making.

Research in Mathematics Education (RME)

  • Formally establish RME as a Center.