Approved by the Community College Board of Trustees in July 2021, the 2021-25 Community Colleges of Spokane Strategic Plan includes updated values, vision and mission statements, in addition to three new strategic priority areas.
Those strategic priority areas are:
- Student Success: Expanding the recruitment, enrollment, retention and academic achievement of a changing student population through consistently high-quality academic programming and innovative student support models that best serve the needs of tomorrow’s regional workforce.
- Operational Excellence: Ensuring the continuous improvement of our financial sustainability through ongoing academic and student service innovation, consistent data-informed decision-making and the constant pursuit of organizational efficiencies that make us quick to respond to student needs and external opportunities.
- Employee Success and Excellence: Advancing the engagement and change management capacity of a high-quality faculty and staff through purposeful recruitment, development and retention, consistent standards of performance and accountability, and the relevant, timely and transparent internal communication needed to best serve our students.
A team of students, faculty, staff, and administrators began work on the four-year plan in fall 2020, completing it in June 2021. The team envisioned a future best-case scenario for CCS by studying data about CCS students, employees, college infrastructure, state and regional economy, workforce trends, and initiatives. They also met with students, faculty, staff, educators, business people, diverse community leaders and service providers to identify perceptions of CCS strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
During the summer and fall of 2021, specific initiatives and key performance indicators will be developed for each of the strategic priority areas.