Every few years, HCC undertakes a coordinated planning process to accomplish and improve the achievement of its mission. During this time, the college's Long Range Planning Committee, together with HCC students, faculty, and staff, meet to develop a set of college priorities. The planning cycle includes:
- A review of progress achieved toward current priorities;
- Consideration of opportunities, constraints, and trends likely to impact the college;
- The development of a course of acttion to achieve college priorities;
- Publication of a progress report, such as this from 2014-2015.
Members of the Long Range Planning Committee
Director of the Office of Students with Disabilites & Deaf Services; Chair
Professor of Radiologic Technology; Vice-chair
Interim Dean of the Library
Director of Institutional Research; Ex-officio
Vice President, Administration & Finance
Professor of Physics
Professor of Communications
Professor of Sociology
Admissions Program Coordinator
Director of Marketing & Communications
Chief Information Officer
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.
- Increase enrollment by better meeting the changing needs and demographics of our service region.
- Increase retention and address achievement gaps through enhanced student support and the implementation of research-informed strategies aimed at student success.
- Expand and explore options to help underprepared students become ready to do college-level work as quickly as possible.
- Increase Professional Development opportunities to address the unique challenges of the Community College environment.
- Accelerate campus renovations and improvements in technology in ways that support student learning, and are sustainable and adaptable to changing needs.
- 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.
Approved by the HCC Board of Trustees 4/23/13
Improve college success of students from underrepresented groups.
- Reduce the number of students on academic probation from semester to semester by 15%
- Increase graduation rates by 5% (from 18% to 23%)
- Increase fall to fall retention of students of color by 5%
- Increase the diversity of faculty and professional staff from 22% to 30% to reflect the students population.
Increase student options for achieving educational goals with an emphasis on accessibility and flexibility
- Implement accelerated academic terms by Fall 2014, including online
- Develop evening, weekend, and online degree granting programs by Fall 2014.
Accelerate campus renovations in ways that are students focused, sustainable and adaptive to changing needs.
- Invest in a three year plan to address classroom technology needs by incorporating a budget line item in the capital budget
- Develop a funding plan for supporting campus renovations by Fall 2015.
Develop and support infrastructure and methods for more effective and efficient communications
- Implement a fully developed portal where all members of the campus converge to find information about all aspects of campus life by Fall 2013
- Implement DegreeWorks and use it to separate advising from registration
- Develop further emergency plans and training.
Integrate academic and career planning to meet the needs of students in the region
- Integrate career planning in all educational planning sessions for new students by Fall 2014
- Require all new high school graduates to complete career assessment/exploration prior to selecting major by Fall 2015
- Develop a standardized process for reporting regional economic and employment data.
Increase revenues through diverse and sustainable initiatives
- Increase revenue from non-grant/non-state sources by 20%
- Review ability of the institution to sustain grant initiatives.
Following are links to a variety of college planning documents.