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Mesa Community College Overview of MCC’s Department Planning Process
College Strategic Plan Operational Plan Student Affairs Operational Plan Administrative Services Operational Plan Academic Affairs Departmental plans Operational Plan President’s Office * College Operational Plan Departmental plans Departmental plans Departmental plans
Levels of Planning Strategic Planning – College-wide; on-going; multi-year Operational Planning – Synthesis of plans from Instruction, Administrative Services, Student Services, President’s Office for coming year. Departmental Planning – All college departments and units develop and prioritize initiatives and related needs.
Departmental Planning: 3 years Related Needs Related Strategic Goal(s) Initiatives (prioritized)
What is an Initiative?
A goal for the department/unit
Reflects growth or change, not a continuation of department’s function
Focuses the department on where it is headed
Helps accomplish the strategic goals of the college
What is not an initiative?
A need is not an initiative
(e.g., hire a research assistant, increase a supply budget)
A continuation of what the department does is not an initiative
(e.g., continue to maintain buildings and grounds)
Thinking About Initiatives
What is happening external to the college (e.g., in the community, with technology, at the district office) that might affect what we do in the future as a department?
What is happening internally at the college (e.g., student population, changes in business practices) that might affect what we do in the future as a department?
Thinking About Initiatives
Where are we headed as a department?
How do we want to grow and or change?
How do our department’s initiatives help accomplish the strategic goals of the college?
Examples of Initiatives
Plan and implement new departmental processes necessary for the new student system.
Expand fiscal services at the Red Mountain Campus.
Develop and implement employee training related to the MCC hiring process.
Explore and pursue grant funding opportunities to move toward a “green campus” environment.
How many initiatives?
NOT TOO MANY!
Try to limit the number of initiatives to reflect your department’s highest priorities for the coming year(s), and to what can actually be accomplished.
Ideally, limit the number of initiatives to between 5 – 10.
Plans will typically be most detailed for first year in the cycle and least detailed for last year.
3-year cycle allows departments to phase in new initiatives and the resources needed to support them.
Linking Planning & Budgeting
Planning is not budgeting – it is driven by initiatives, not by needs
Planning allows departments to show where they are heading and what it will take to get there.