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Divisions of the College

Board of Trustees

Office of the President

College Divisions

Office of the Vice President Administration and Finance

Office of the Vice President Institutional Advancement

Office of the

Provost – Vice President Academic Affairs

Office of the Vice President Student Services

Office of the Vice President Information Technology

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Strategic Planning

Four major goals have been established for the College.

These goals represent the foundation elements that are the basis for achieving preeminence.


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Strategic Planning


Prepare Students for Success in Their Education, Career and Life


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Strategic Planning

  • Goal One Focus Statement

  • This goal focuses primarily on the General Studies curriculum and Student Services. The General Studies curriculum is the foundation for learning in the major and minor, as well as for success in careers and a commitment to lifelong learning. Student Services offers essential programs and initiatives that contribute to student success.


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Strategic Planning

This goal also includes Admission, Orientation, Placement, Testing, Retention Efforts, Advising, Curricular and Co-curricular activities, as well as Class Scheduling.

This goal provides the basic skills needed to succeed in life; it is the “generic” part of the degree and affects all matriculated students. Objectives supporting this planning goal should include developing students as independent learners.


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Provide a High Quality

Educational Experience


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Goal Two Focus Statement

This goal focuses on education in the major, minor, concentration, or licensure, with an emphasis on establishing and maintaining the quality of the majors. Student services are an important element in this goal, offering activities, programs, and services essential to high quality education. This goal must include objectives that mandate regular and thoughtful assessing of programs, initiatives, and activities, and continuous improvement based on the results of assessment.


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Strategic Planning

This goal includes needs for faculty, staff, space, equipment, library, accreditation efforts, professional development, academic advising, career-planning, operating budgets, and other resources required for the delivery of pre-eminent academic programs and services.


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Strategic Planning


Engage, Collaborate and Work with the Community


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Goal Three Focus Statement

This goal focuses primarily on initiatives and programs that move Metro State into the community and bring the community to the campus. The work of the President and of Institutional Advancement is critical to this theme. The focus is external to the college, involving all the constituencies that Metro State serves and its partnerships and collaborations.


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Strategic Planning

Increasing cooperative education, internships, and service learning can be included here although they are commonly a part of the quality educational experience in the major. Faculty and staff service activities, both in the community and for professional organizations, are also important aspects of this goal.


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Embrace and Promote Diversity


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Strategic PlanningDefinition of Diversity

The college takes a pro-active and balanced approach to diversity. It supports and valuesdiversity in all its forms** in a teaching and learning community marked by mutual respect, inclusion and cooperation. Diversity will bereflected in the curriculum, in activities of the college and in the composition of faculty, staff, and students.**Diversity embraces age, race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disabilities, sexual orientation, religion, as well as intellectualdifferences.


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Goal Four Focus Statement

This goal focuses on the members of the academic community, faculty, students, and staff, and the ways in which the college reflects the communities and the students it serves. It includes diversity in the curriculum, and activities for reaching objectives such as becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

as soon as possible.


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Strategic Planning

Considerations must include how to recruit and retain high quality faculty, staff, and students. This involves establishing a culture of acceptance and inclusion and providing incentives for diverse groups, including people of color, to join the Metro State community.


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College Goals and Administrative Leadership

Goal #1: Prepare Students for Success in their Education, Career and Life.

Lead: Vice President for Student Services

Goal #2: Provide a High-Quality Educational Experience.

Lead: Provost/Vice President For Academic Affairs

Goal #3: Engage, Collaborate and Work with the Community.

Lead: Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Goal #4: Embrace and Promote Diversity.

Lead: Associate to the President for Diversity

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Strategic Planning

Plans are “dynamic” documents that are constantly reviewed and adjusted according to current circumstances and needs.

In the past, strategic plan documents failed to provide a perpetual roadmap that was constantly revisited.


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Grassroots input is essential

at all levels of the College

All personnel are encouraged to share their ideas and to engage in the planning process

Opportunity to share in the development of

Metro State’s future


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How do the plans continue to be living documents now that they are written?


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Next Steps

What are the next steps?

How do they happen?

What is the role of faculty and staff?

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Continuous flow of information throughout the organization

Next Steps

Implementation of Strategic Plans


High Quality


























Celebration of Accomplishment



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Next Steps

Stage I:

Determining college priorities

Level I:

Supervisors (Chairs/Directors, etc.)

meet with their faculty/staff


To recommend most critical issues for the for next two years (2007-09). Try to limit to four to six.

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Next Steps

Level II:

Deans/Associate/Assistant Vice Presidents meet with their chairs, directors, etc.


From list developed at Level I, recommend four-six most critical issues for next two years.

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Next Steps

Level III:

Vice Presidents meet with their Deans, Directors, etc.


From list developed at Level II, recommend four-five most critical issues for next two years.

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Next Steps

Level IV:

Provost/Vice Presidents meet.


From list developed at Level III, recommend the four-five most critical issues for next two years.

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Next Steps

Level V:

President’s Cabinet meets.


From list developed at Level IV, recommend three or four most critical issues for the next two years.

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Next Steps

Level VI:



President recommends priorities to Trustees.

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Next Steps

Stage II:

Departments/units review their plans to see how they fit the priorities set by the President and the Trustees.

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Next Steps

Stage III:

Departments/units develop critical paths to achieving the parts of their plans that are consistent with the established priorities. (Advice and support to develop critical paths will be available.)

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Next Steps

Continuous Process

With any needed modifications, the process described above will be repeated each year.

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Common Obstacles

  • One-time funds versus base funds

    • Compatibility with long term strategic planning

  • Communication

    • Information overload - strategic planning message lost

  • Funding over a ten year period.

  • Community partnerships with scarce resources

    • Partnership needs to be win/win

    • Beneficial to both community and college


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Next Steps

  • Planning Committee

    • Discussion

  • Assessments

    • Committee drafted

  • Consultant-macro

    • Micro-courses

    • Mezzo-Program/unit

    • Macro-college plan

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More Next Steps

  • Dissemination

    • Strategic Planning Committee

    • Professional Development Conference

    • Website:


    • VP’s deans, directors, chairs

    • Campus forums

    • Other

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More Next Steps

  • Feedback on draft strategic plan

    • August 15-October 15, 2007

  • Final Draft

    • November-December 2007

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Strategic Planning Action Items for October/November

  • Plans as basis for 2008 faculty/staff goals

  • External Consultant for Assessment of College Plan

  • Setting College priorities - ongoing

    • Refer to “next steps” slides

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Ideas from Plans Goal #1

  • Prepare students for success in their education, career and life.

  • Student Services/Academic Affairs, increase

  • co-curricular activities

  • Workshops on General Studies advising

  • Succession planning

  • Internships in IT, Administration and Finance

  • “Academic Vital Signs” program, Health Center, Counseling Center, Access Center

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Ideas from Plans Goal #2

Provide a high quality education

  • Implement a “Life Skills Program”

    • Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Nutrition principles to athletes

    • Health Professions

  • Enhance course content

    • Counseling Center, Career Services, GLBTSS

  • Seek accreditations

    • Criminal Justice

    • Business School

    • Theatre

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Ideas from PlansGoal #3

  • Engage, collaborate and work

  • with the community

  • Balance community needs/College needs

  • Create public art as gifts to the community

  • Offer intro courses in high schools

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Ideas from PlansGoal #4

  • Embrace and promote diversity

  • Commitment to work with EO Office

  • Plans to retain diverse students/faculty

  • Curriculum changes

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Strategic PlanningStatus and Timeline

School/Unit Committees formed

October 2007

Consultant-Assessment/College Plan October 2007

Assessment Section Completed October/November 2007

Feedback from College Community September/October 2007/Ongoing

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Strategic PlanningInitiatives

  • The Strategic Plan is the blueprint for the future of Metro State.

  • The strategic initiatives include:

    • Assessment of learning

    • College response to Higher Learning Commission Report (HLC)

    • Distance delivery, online education

    • Fundraising

    • General Studies

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Strategic Planning

  • Strengthening recruitment, improving retention and graduation rates:

    • Hispanic Serving designation (HSI)

    • Learning Communities

    • Student Academic Success programs in Student Services

  • Pay for Performance

  • Professional growth and development

  • Two plus two with community colleges

  • And More!!

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Ideas to Ponder

  • Objectives should be in priority order under each goal

  • Use a crystal ball to “see” 2016

  • Consider cooperative and interdisciplinary programs

  • Get serious about assessment

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Ideas to Ponder

  • Review focus statement for each college goal

  • Use program review results for planning

  • Develop plan for equipment maintenance and replacement

  • Decide on specialty areas for new faculty needed

  • VP’s, Deans set priorities for their School/Division

  • Plans need to align with that of the level above