Healthcare needs and delivery are changing at a rapid pace both worldwide and in the US creating a need for a parallel evolution of the modalities of delivery of healthcare education, which remains an unmet need. To address the urgent need for interactive, collaborative, peer-based, affordable, equitable, and socially responsible healthcare education, the leadership of the California Northstate University (CNU) established the Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ITLE) in November 2018.
The ITLE is proposing a 3-year Strategic Plan (SP) and has identified five Focus Areas for initial program development. These include: 1) Technology and Distance Learning, 2) Interprofessional Education, 3) Faculty Development, 4) Professional Learning Communities including Faculty and Student Learning Communities, and 5) a Writing Center.
In the current SP cycle, greater emphasis is placed on the development and implementation of Focus Areas 1-4. To optimize resource utilization, Focus Areas 5 will be developed starting the second year of its current operation. A detailed timeline and specific deliverables are provided as a chart (pages 7-11). Each Focus Area will be assessed with the Institute Director providing an Annual Report at the end of each Academic Year cycle to the VP of Academic Affairs.