College Strategic Planning Goals

College Strategic Planning Goals for 2016-2017

Increase Student Enrollment

  • Program Expansion
    • Explore at least 3 additional programs as identified on the product development plan based on student interest and employer need and at least one will be agriculturally related
  • Workforce Partnerships
    • Develop workforce strategic plan to meet the needs of local businesses and students
  • Online Learning
    • Add 6-8 online courses to be offered by Fall 2017
  • Marketing
    • Develop and implement a marketing plan to support goals of the College
    • Increase online accessibility of credit class schedule to public by providing access within two clicks from homepage and in a mobile friendly platform
  • K-12 Partnerships
    • Increase the percent of recent high school graduates attending the College their first year out of high school from 32.95% to 50% by the 2019-2020 school year. Benchmark goals of 40% and 45% for year one and two.
    • Increase dual credit offering in CT areas by 25%
    • Conduct two sessions for homeschooled students with 50 attendees which lead to 10 enrollments
  • Student Success
    • Increase Fall to Fall student retention by 2% from 45% to 47%
    • Develop a process map to articulate the student steps from registration to paying their tuition
  • Pathways
    • Develop and post to website 10 curriculum pathways for most popular programs at NIU
  • Local Athletes
    • Develop a 3-year plan for athletics with 75% of participants being local athletes

Implement Cost Effective Strategies

  • External Vendor Contracts
    • Review College contracts for cost effectiveness and efficiencies
  • Program Financial Health
    • Assess financial health of College academic programs
  • Facility Sharing
    • Explore a partnership with the YMCA

Increase External Support

  • Workforce Partnerships
    • Develop a new fundraising model linking business partners with layered funding opportunities, including major gifts (capital projects); scholarships; department-focused gifts (estate bequests), etc..
  • Alumni
    • Develop a master plan for creating an Alumni Association
    • Create a database of retirees and engage in at least two events per year
  • Resource Development
    • Design a grants infrastructure to support the application of two new grants for the College
    • Build on Employee Reaching Forward campaign
  • Campus Visitors
    • Develop process for assessing number of community visitors to campus, increase activities for parents and the community by one a semester

Maintain Focus on Continuous Quality Improvement

  • Physical Plant
    • Develop facilities master plan to incorporate both facility condition and utilization
  • Website/Portal
    • Develop implementation plan to deliver all self-service components and determine potential usage of student planning module
    • Implement updated version of the portal to improve mobile device responsiveness and provide training to staff
  • Staff Development
    • Develop a succession plan including a leadership development program that supports 15 future leaders
    • Develop a training program for adjunct faculty
    • Evaluate staff performance review process and develop new evaluation tool
  • College Calendar
    • Review and refine academic/college calendar process
  • Graduation
    • Develop a plan to institute a December graduation ceremony starting with Fall 2016
  • Accreditation
    • Develop a plan to manage accreditation process
  • Student Activities
    • Create a Campus Activities Board (CAB) for students to enhance campus activities and meet the needs of student, including an intramural program
  • Diversity
    • Reaffirm the importance of cultural activities on campus and develop an action plan for implementation and assessment of cultural competence
  • Strategic Plan
    • Develop a four-year College strategic plan including an evaluation of the mission and vision statements and development of core values