College Priorities Fiscal Years 2016–2018

The following six priorities were developed by the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC), a standing committee of the College Senate, following a semester-long process of broad-based information gathering and data analyses.  LRPC members reviewed dashboard data and external trends likely to impact the College, initiated division-level planning discussions across all areas of the college and considered both state-wide Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Vision Project initiatives and areas of emphasis identified by the 2010 NEASC accreditation review team. The committee gathered over 600 responses from students, faculty, and staff in response to questions posed about how to best promote student success. Two college-wide planning forums were held in November 2014 to synthesize results, one for faculty and staff and one for students. To align with the DHE, the College is shifting from a two-year to a three-year planning cycle. The FY 2016-2018 Priorities were approved by the College Senate December 3, 2014 and by the Board of Trustees June 23, 2015.

Next steps include identifying clear measures for evaluating each of the priorities and developing a plan of action for implementation.

    1. 1

      Increase enrollment by better meeting the changing needs and demographics of our service region.

    1. 2

      Increase retention and address achievement gaps through enhanced student support and the implementation of research-informed strategies aimed at student success.

    1. 3

      Expand and explore options to help underprepared students become ready to do college-level work as quickly as possible.

    1. 4

      Increase Professional Development opportunities to address the unique challenges of the Community College environment.

    1. 5

      Accelerate campus renovations and improvements in technology in ways that support student learning, and are sustainable and adaptable to changing needs.

  1. 6

    Assess and respond to the region's workforce needs by developing career pathways that provide opportunities to the unemployed, underemployed, those with limited educational attainment, and those seeking career advancement.


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