Last spring, Clackamas Community College began work on a five-year strategic plan, which will serve the college through the year 2025. The strategic plan will provide direction for the college and help inform what services and programs we should be providing, how to more fully integrate into the community, and how to prepare students for the careers of the future.
I'd like to announce that the first phase of the college's strategic planning work, the Get Clear phase, is complete. This summer and fall the Strategic Planning Team conducted a survey, held virtual focus groups, and led many interviews with internal and external stakeholders to learn their perspectives on the key opportunities and challenges facing the college. I want to thank everyone who participated in this initial work.
Based on the input gathered, our strategic planning partner, Coraggio Group, has put together an Insight Report that captures key themes to inform the college's next strategic plan. The report includes a summary of the engagement process as well as insights, implications, and supporting data for each of the six themes listed below.
- Clackamas Community College's culture is strongly student-centered. The college has an opportunity to think comprehensively about the best ways to provide holistic student support for the needs of 21st century learners.
- To remain relevant and responsive to the evolving needs of the community, the college needs to continue to innovate and focus on quality teaching and learning.
- Clackamas Community College has an opportunity to lead in diversity, equity, and inclusion work, both internally through greater alignment and externally as a community convener.
- Clackamas Community College is one of the community's best-kept secrets. This limits its reach.
- Strengthening relationships, improving systems and processes, and building change resilience will better position the college for the future, including successful implementation of the strategic plan.
- State funding, the COVID-19 pandemic, and decreased enrollment are impacting Clackamas Community College's budget and ability to deliver on its mission.
We recognize it is the end of the term but wanted to share this information with our college community as soon as it became available. You can find the full insight report here. The Coraggio Group will also be preparing an executive summary of the full report, which will be shared in early January.
- The Strategic Planning Team will meet several times in January and early February to begin translating the themes into elements of the strategic plan.
- The Strategic Planning Team will facilitate a portion of winter 2021 in-service (Feb. 12), where the draft elements will be discussed and refined. Save-the-date calendar invites have been sent for winter in-service, and additional details will follow in January.
For more information about the college's strategic planning work, please see the strategic planning website.