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Divisions of the College Office of the President Office of the Provost – Vice President Academic Affairs Office of the Vice President Administration and Finance Office of the Vice President Institutional Advancement Office of the Vice President Student Services Office of the Vice President Information Technology College Divisions Board of Trustees
Strategic Planning Four major goals have been established for the College. These goals represent the foundation elements that are the basis for achieving preeminence.
Strategic Planning GOAL ONE Prepare Students for Success in Their Education, Career and Life
Strategic Planning Goal One Focus Statement This goal focuses primarily on the General Studies curriculum and Student Services. The General Studies curriculum is the foundation for learning in the major and minor, as well as for success in careers and a commitment to lifelong learning. Student Services offers essential programs and initiatives that contribute to student success.
Strategic Planning This goal also includes Admission, Orientation, Placement, Testing, Retention Efforts, Advising, Curricular and Co-curricular activities, as well as Class Scheduling. This goal provides the basic skills needed to succeed in life; it is the “generic” part of the degree and affects all matriculated students. Objectives supporting this planning goal should include developing students as independent learners.
Strategic Planning GOAL TWO Provide a High Quality Educational Experience
Strategic Planning Goal Two Focus Statement This goal focuses on education in the major, minor, concentration, or licensure, with an emphasis on establishing and maintaining the quality of the majors. Student services are an important element in this goal, offering activities, programs, and services essential to high quality education. This goal must include objectives that mandate regular and thoughtful assessing of programs, initiatives, and activities, and continuous improvement based on the results of assessment.
Strategic Planning This goal includes needs for faculty, staff, space, equipment, library, accreditation efforts, professional development, academic advising, career-planning, operating budgets, and other resources required for the delivery of pre-eminent academic programs and services.
Strategic Planning GOAL THREE Engage, Collaborate and Work with the Community
Strategic Planning Goal Three Focus Statement This goal focuses primarily on initiatives and programs that move Metro State into the community and bring the community to the campus. The work of the President and of Institutional Advancement is critical to this theme. The focus is external to the college, involving all the constituencies that Metro State serves and its partnerships and collaborations.
Strategic Planning Increasing cooperative education, internships, and service learning can be included here although they are commonly a part of the quality educational experience in the major. Faculty and staff service activities, both in the community and for professional organizations, are also important aspects of this goal.
Strategic Planning GOAL FOUR Embrace and Promote Diversity
Strategic Planning Definition of Diversity The college takes a pro-active and balanced approach to diversity. It supports and values diversity in all its forms** in a teaching and learning community marked by mutual respect, inclusion and cooperation. Diversity will be reflected in the curriculum, in activities of the college and in the composition of faculty, staff, and students. **Diversity embraces age, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, as well as intellectual differences.
Strategic Planning Goal Four Focus Statement This goal focuses on the members of the academic community, faculty, students, and staff, and the ways in which the college reflects the communities and the students it serves. It includes diversity in the curriculum, and activities for reaching objectives such as becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as soon as possible.
Strategic Planning Considerations must include how to recruit and retain high quality faculty, staff, and students. This involves establishing a culture of acceptance and inclusion and providing incentives for diverse groups, including people of color, to join the Metro State community.
College Goals and Administrative Leadership Goal #1: Prepare Students for Success in their Education, Career and Life. Lead: Vice President for Student Services Goal #2: Provide a High-Quality Educational Experience. Lead: Provost/Vice President For Academic Affairs Goal #3: Engage, Collaborate and Work with the Community. Lead: Vice President for Institutional Advancement Goal #4: Embrace and Promote Diversity. Lead: Associate to the President for Diversity
Strategic Planning Plans are “dynamic” documents that are constantly reviewed and adjusted according to current circumstances and needs. In the past, strategic plan documents failed to provide a perpetual roadmap that was constantly revisited.
Strategic Planning Grassroots input is essential at all levels of the College All personnel are encouraged to share their ideas and to engage in the planning process Opportunity to share in the development of Metro State’s future
Strategic Planning How do the plans continue to be living documents now that they are written?
Next Steps What are the next steps? How do they happen? What is the role of faculty and staff?
Next Steps C H A L L E N G E S O P P O R T U N I T I E S Success High Quality Community Diversity Celebration of Accomplishment President Implementation of Strategic Plans Assessment Units/ Departments Continuous flow of information throughout the organization
Next Steps Stage I: Determining college priorities Level I: Supervisors (Chairs/Directors, etc.) meet with their faculty/staff Purpose: To recommend most critical issues for the for next two years (2007-09). Try to limit to four to six.
Next Steps Level II: Deans/Associate/Assistant Vice Presidents meet with their chairs, directors, etc. Purpose: From list developed at Level I, recommend four-six most critical issues for next two years.
Next Steps Level III: Vice Presidents meet with their Deans, Directors, etc. Purpose: From list developed at Level II, recommend four-five most critical issues for next two years.
Next Steps Level IV: Provost/Vice Presidents meet. Purpose: From list developed at Level III, recommend the four-five most critical issues for next two years.
Next Steps Level V: President’s Cabinet meets. Purpose: From list developed at Level IV, recommend three or four most critical issues for the next two years.
Next Steps Level VI: Trustees Purpose: President recommends priorities to Trustees.
Next Steps Stage II: Departments/units review their plans to see how they fit the priorities set by the President and the Trustees.
Next Steps Stage III: Departments/units develop critical paths to achieving the parts of their plans that are consistent with the established priorities. (Advice and support to develop critical paths will be available.)
Next Steps Continuous Process With any needed modifications, the process described above will be repeated each year.
One-time funds versus base funds
Compatibility with long term strategic planning
Information overload - strategic planning message lost
Funding over a ten year period.
Community partnerships with scarce resources
Partnership needs to be win/win
Beneficial to both community and college
More Next Steps
Strategic Planning Committee
Professional Development Conference
VP’s deans, directors, chairs
More Next Steps
Feedback on draft strategic plan
August 15-October 15, 2007
Strategic Planning Action Items for October/November
Plans as basis for 2008 faculty/staff goals
External Consultant for Assessment of College Plan
Setting College priorities - ongoing
Refer to “next steps” slides
Ideas from Plans Goal #1
Prepare students for success in their education, career and life.
Student Services/Academic Affairs, increase
Workshops on General Studies advising
Internships in IT, Administration and Finance
“ Academic Vital Signs” program, Health Center, Counseling Center, Access Center
Ideas from Plans Goal #2
Provide a high quality education
Implement a “Life Skills Program”
Nutrition principles to athletes
Enhance course content
Counseling Center, Career Services, GLBTSS
Ideas from Plans Goal #3
Engage, collaborate and work
with the community
Balance community needs/College needs
Create public art as gifts to the community
Offer intro courses in high schools
Ideas from Plans Goal #4
Embrace and promote diversity
Commitment to work with EO Office
Plans to retain diverse students/faculty
Strategic Planning Status and Timeline School/Unit Committees formed October 2007 Consultant-Assessment/College Plan October 2007 Assessment Section Completed October/November 2007 Feedback from College Community September/October 2007/Ongoing
Strategic Planning Initiatives
The Strategic Plan is the blueprint for the future of Metro State.
The strategic initiatives include:
Assessment of learning
College response to Higher Learning Commission Report (HLC)
Distance delivery, online education
Strengthening recruitment, improving retention and graduation rates:
Hispanic Serving designation (HSI)
Student Academic Success programs in Student Services
Pay for Performance
Professional growth and development
Two plus two with community colleges
Ideas to Ponder
Objectives should be in priority order under each goal
Use a crystal ball to “see” 2016
Consider cooperative and interdisciplinary programs
Get serious about assessment
Ideas to Ponder
Review focus statement for each college goal
Use program review results for planning
Develop plan for equipment maintenance and replacement
Decide on specialty areas for new faculty needed
VP’s, Deans set priorities for their School/Division