Isothermal Community College

Strategic Plan 2014-16

Executive Summary

Goal One a picture of a graduate

Goal One--Educational Planning

For our students to be job or transfer ready, the College will focus on educational planning toward degree completion.

Goal Two

Goal Two--Student Motivation

To remove barriers to college and career success, the College will engage in more active learning strategies.

Goal Three

Goal Three--Community Partnerships

To get Rutherford and Polk county residents back to work, the College will maximize partnerships.

Goal Four

Goal Four--Innovation & Efficiency

To prepare for future opportunities, the College leadership will foster innovation and efficiency.

The Isothermal Community College 2014-16 Strategic Plan brings together the needs of the Isothermal Region, the educational aspirations of Rutherford and Polk Counties, and the Planning Goals of each unit of the College.

These elements form the crux of the College’s mission-faithful efforts to improve lives through learning. The current Strategic Goals fall under the following headings:

  • Educational Planning
  • Student Motivation
  • Community Partnerships
  • Innovation & Efficiency

The 2014-2016 Strategic Goals were developed in response to a collection of reports, including the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Isothermal Region Report of 2012, the NCCCS Performance Measures Report of 2013, and Community College Survey of Student Engagement Benchmark Report of 2012. They also arose out of a faculty and staff listening project begun during Spring 2013 Professional Development Day called the “Snowball Exercise.”

In short, the College has considered both internal and external information in order to develop Strategic Goals that are simultaneously responsive to community needs and College employees’ priorities.

Now begins the reflective process of pursuing these goals in a dynamic environment. The College leadership needs to give careful consideration to the continued pursuit of these goals, asking questions such as:

  • What strengths do we have to overcome challenges as they arise?
  • Where can a small investment of additional funds yield the greatest positive outcome?
  • How can we encourage and celebrate our successes?