The College utilizes a continuous planning process to identify, prioritize and respond to the most significant needs and opportunities before the College at any point in time. The velocity of change in the College's service area, and beyond, requires ongoing situation analysis and significant capacity to respond with effectiveness and agility. Therefore, the College President and Cabinet annually develop major priorities that strategically set the course for new projects, initiatives, services, and programs for the upcoming 12-36 months. The proposed priorities are presented to the District Board of Trustees (DBOT) at the August Strategic Conversation. Twice a year, the College President and his Cabinet report to the Board on the status of the priorities at the regularly scheduled DBOT Strategic Conversations.
In order to monitor achievement of the College's mission, the College administration has aligned the collegewide goals and major priorities in support of the mission. The central components of the College level planning includes College goal performance indicators and major priorities developed by administrative leadership based upon data from throughout the College.
The College administration measures and monitors its achievement of the College goals as one method of documenting accomplishment of the College Mission. The College President and Cabinet identify performance indicators to measure the achievement of College goals. Each performance indicator is operationally defined, with targets for success. The Performance Indicator Report is accompanied with longitudinal trend data to determine achievement of College goals, and thus the College mission. This report can generate actions that can be taken to strengthen performance on specific performance indicators.
Planning and assessment is ongoing at the College, as evidenced by tracking and analysis of longitudinal trends in community perceptions surveys, College goal performance indicator data, major priority status reports, and program and unit level assessment. Planning and assessment for institutional effectiveness processes are institution-wide and are not limited to one "level" or area of the College, as described on the Institutional Effectiveness Web page and shown in the College Planning Model.
The priorities are further integrated into the planning and evaluation activities of the institution, by use in the institutional effectiveness assessment process at the program and unit level. Each program and unit participates in the annual institutional effectiveness assessment process. In developing program and unit goals, objectives or expected outcomes, the program or unit indicates if the outcome, objective or goal of the program or unit contributes to the accomplishment of one or more of the College's goals and or major priorities.
More information about these processes can be found at the Institutional Effectiveness Web page.