Strategic Planning Timeline
Launch Strategic Planning - February 2009
A cross-functional core team embarked on the strategic planning process.
Research - February-April 2009
Situational Analysis involved many hours of research and approximately eight hours of presentations covering multiple topics of strategic importance identified by the team. Presentations reviewed historical performance data, best practices in targeted areas of interest, and benchmark findings from other institutions of higher learning. Sometimes referred to as gap analysis, the process served to raise team awareness of strengths and weaknesses of the institution within its operating environment and in relation to its peers and competitors.
Select Strategic Priorities - April-June 2009
Drawing on information shared during Situational Analysis and in consultation with other members of the college community, team members identified the most significant strategic problems and opportunities facing the college. When organized into categories of like ideas, this activity produced nine areas of critical interest, including (alphabetically): Enrollment, Finances and Resources, Innovation, Instructional Assessment and Quality, Marketing and Image, Organizational Culture, Organizational metrics, Services, and the Student Experience.
To broaden the team's perspective in these areas of interest, the college community was invited to participate in a feedback tool. Survey input expanded the critical interest list to further include Academics, Faculty, Facilities, Students, Tuition Cost, Online Learning, College Community Communication, Technology, Community, Partnerships, and Economic Development. Survey multi-voting produced a shortened list of eight categories, the top four being: 1) Innovation, 2) Assessment and Quality, 3) Enrollment, and 4) Culture.
Set Strategic Goals - July-August 2009
Four sub-teams were formed within the Strategic Planning Team and tasked with preparing goal statements for each of the priority areas:
- Assessment and Quality
Strategic Implementation Teams Formed - November-December 2009
Outline Strategies - January 2010
Teams began meeting to formulate strategies and begin action planning.
Implement Action Items - January 2010-2012