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SFCC Strategic Plan for 2009-2014

Submitted by on June 24, 2009 – 9:41 amNo Comment

Dr.-Norman-Stephens-wide

The South Florida Community College (SFCC) Strategic Plan 2009-2014 provides direction for prioritizing college initiatives and for allocating limited resources. The Plan assists the SFCC District Board of Trustees and college leadership, including all faculty and staff, in focusing their efforts to cost-effectively serve students and communities.

In the fall of 2008, a broadly based and representative Strategic Planning Taskforce coordinated the development of this new SFCC Strategic Plan for 2009-2014. The Taskforce was established as a subcommittee of the Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee—a college standing committee consisting of a cross-section of faculty, professional, administrative, and career staff. The Taskforce first reviewed the college Mission and Purposes, Vision and Institutional Core Values. This review resulted in several recommendations including the addition of a new vision statement:

Enriching our communities through education . . . one life at a time

Additionally, the institutional core values of integrity, service, community, learning, excellence, accountability, and responsibility were reaffirmed and their descriptors revised to clarify meaning. Suggested changes were recommended to the Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Committee, then the President’s Council, and finally to the Board of Trustees for consideration. The new Vision, Mission, and Institutional Core Values policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees in February 2009.

The Taskforce analyzed several available references that provided information relating to national, state, county, and community college trends, as well as projections to assist in planning for the future. This research resulted in a set of Planning Assumptions to guide strategic planning at the college.

During the late summer and fall of 2008, the Taskforce gathered input from a wide variety of stakeholders, including students, staff, and various external constituents. A comprehensive survey was conducted and feedback was solicited regarding strengths and weaknesses of the college, unmet community needs, and future directions for the college. Surveys were widely distributed to students, the community, and employees. Group response rates varied, but the 397 returned surveys from all groups provided a rich array of considerations used in developing the SFCC Strategic Plan 2009-2014.

The Taskforce recommended adoption of four broad strategic goals determined to be core functions for achieving the college vision and mission. These Strategic Goals provide a framework for organizing, understanding, and responding to the expectations of college stakeholders.

  1. Identify and meet community educational needs.
  2. Enable all students to succeed.
  3. Enable all employees to succeed.
  4. Ensure institutional effectiveness.

Beginning in April of 2009, this proposed South Florida Community College Strategic Plan 2009-2014 was presented to the SFCC District Board of Trustees for review, discussion, and consideration. After two months to allow ample opportunities for public response, the plan was adopted at the June 24, 2009 meeting of the Board.

The approved Strategic Plan may be viewed here.

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