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Strategic Plan

Core Values, Themes and Objectives

Students at Commencement

The values, themes and objectives from within Green River's Strategic plan outline broad programmatic areas of the college, specific shared values and objectives relevant to each core theme. These three core elements are defined in the strategic plan as noted below. Then the objectives, specific to each programmatic area, are indicated in the drop down sections beneath each theme.

Core Themes

  • College transfer education - provide programs and services that prepare learners for transition to and success in further degree programs
  • Career and technical education - provide programs and services that prepare learners for professional and technical career readiness, transitions and advancement
  • College readiness education - provide pre-college programs and services that prepare learners for successful transition to college
  • Continuing and community education - provide programs and services that reflect a commitment to the professional, social and personal enrichment needs of the community

Core Objectives

  • Access - students have opportunities and pathways to access learning, certificates, and degrees at the college
  • Success - students are successful in achieving their educational goals
  • Equity - increase accommodation of the diverse needs of our students and communities
  • Responsiveness - increase responsiveness to community, employer, and educational needs
  • Collaboration - increase partnerships and collaboration with community organizations, local and state government and civic organizations, local business, public schools, and universities

Core Values

The core values for Green River Community College are (not listed in order of priority - all are important):

  1. Student success - we support student engagement, retention, completion and post-program success through excellent teaching and learning and comprehensive support services
  2. High quality - we provide high quality in teaching, learning and support services in an environment of compassion and integrity
  3. Student access - we meet student needs for access to and inclusion in their educational pursuits
  4. Community engagement - we collaborate, stimulate and contribute to the educational, economic and social development of our external and internal communities through continued learning
  5. Equity- we encourage, foster respect for and respond equitably to diverse perspective and needs
  6. Global awareness - we foster citizen responsibility by cultivating a global perspective on critical issues and challenges affecting our community and the world
  7. Stewardship - we strive to maintain sound financial management, increase effective and efficient operations, develop state-of-the-art infrastructure (to include staffing, technology and facilities), and be forthcoming and transparent in accountability for resource use
  8. Innovation - we seek to encourage, create and adopt innovative perspectives, policies and practices that will help achieve the College's mission
  9. Campus environment - we preserve the safety, ecology and sustainability of our campus environment
 

College Transfer Ed

Core Theme: College Transfer Education - provide programs and services that prepare learners for transition to and success in further degree programs

Core Objective - Access

Access - increase student access through availability of needed classes, advising, collaboration among programs and alternative educational strategies with special attention to diverse student populations

  Core Indicators

  1. Number and percent of students with a learning plan coordinated to achieving their educational goals
  2. Number and percent of transfer pathways available in multiple modalities and formats [relates to Equity]
  3. Number and percent of College learning resources available in multiple languages [relates to Equity]
  4. Relation of College demographics to community demographics and associated gaps [relates to Equity]
  5. Identification and monitoring of strategies designed to address gaps in College and community demographics [relates to Equity]
  6. Affordability of the College's educational programs in terms of cost per credit in relation to cost per credit in nearby public four-year colleges and universities   

Core Objective - Success

Success - increase student retention, completion, transfer rates, and proficiency in four-year programs for all students with special attention to diverse student populations

  Core Indicators

  1. Number and percent of students who successfully transfer to a four-year college or university of their first and second choice
  2. Grade point average of College transfer students in relation to transfer students from other colleges
  3. Number and percent of students prepared to succeed at four-year college and university-level educational programs

Core Objective - Equity

Equity - increase accommodation for our students and communities with diverse needs

  Core Indicators

The core indicators for the core objective of Equity will be applied as appropriate to the indicators for each of the other objectives for this core theme - access, success, responsiveness and collaboration as in relation to diverse student and community needs. These indicators will address:

  1. Proportional representation of diverse students in terms of access and success indicators, and
  2. Inclusive and equitable treatment of diverse students and communities in terms of responsiveness and collaboration indicators

Core Objective - Responsiveness

Responsiveness - increase responsiveness to regional, state and national educational and employment needs (e.g., STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics], applied baccalaureate degrees)

  Core Indicators

  1. Students will have mandatory advisory appointments to address their educational needs
  2. Students experience efficiency in transfer in terms of time to transfer and number of credits that transfer
  3. Number of students transferring into four-year college and university educational programs in high-demand employment fields
  4. Number of transfer students who are successful in completing degrees at four-year colleges and universities in high-demand employment fields

Core Objective - Collaboration

Collaboration - increase external collaboration with four-year baccalaureate institutions involving transfer pathways including course requirements, advising, and curriculum changes relevant to evolving career fields and improve and increase efficiency of internal collaboration to prepare students to be transfer ready

  Core Indicators

  1. Listing of four-year colleges and universities and educational programs where the College's students transfer
  2. Number of College partnerships with four-year colleges and universities resulting in transfer pathways
  3. Improvements in existing community connections in terms of frequency and focus that improve the College's responsiveness in areas of economic need
  4. Number of new community connections that improve the College's responsiveness in areas of economic need

Career & Technical Ed

Core Theme: Career and Technical Education - provide programs and services that prepare learners for professional and technical career readiness, transitions and advancement

Core Objective - Access

Access - remove barriers to enrollment in career and technical programs and provide relevant training opportunities

  Core Indicators

  1. Number and percent of students who complete their education profile (e.g., financial aid application, admission application, COMPASS, provide transcripts)
  2. Number and percent of students whose time to complete programs aligns with the published program completion time

Core Objective - Success

Success - increase support for student progress and completion of their goals while at college, achievement of nationally recognized credentials (where available), and placement in family wage-earning employment after college

  Core Indicators

  1. Number and percent of continuing education transitioning to related degree program
  2. Number and percent of students who achieve credentials (where available)
  3. Number and percent of students who are working in related employment field one year after leaving the College

Core Objective - Equity

Equity - increase accommodation for our students and communities with diverse needs

  Core Indicators The core indicators for the core objective of Equity will be applied as appropriate to the indicators for each of the other objectives for this core theme - access, success, responsiveness and collaboration as in relation to diverse student and community needs. These indicators will address:

  1. Proportional representation of diverse students in terms of access and success indicators
  2. Inclusive and equitable treatment of diverse students and communities in terms of responsiveness and collaboration indicators

Core Objective - Responsiveness

Responsiveness - increase pace of response to current and emerging employment needs of business and industry and student interests

  Core Indicators

  1. Number and percent of programs in high-demand employment fields as defined by Workforce Development Council
  2. Number of program completers in relation to projected labor market demand in related employment field (local, regional, or state)
  3. Number of program completers who are employed in a related employment field

Core Objective - Collaboration

Collaboration - increase partnerships with K-12 schools, business and industry, community, and College alumni to improve awareness of programs and funding

  Core Indicators

  1. Number of partnerships with K-12 schools, business and industry, and community
  2. Information on where/how students learned about educational program of interest

College Readiness Ed

Core Theme: College Readiness Education - provide pre-college programs and services that prepare for successful transition to college

Core Objective - Access

Access - increased student access by strategically locating classes and wrap-around services throughout the community

  Core Indicators

  1. Number of students in community-based classes
  2. Number and variety of locations for community-based classes
  3. Number of community-based organizations/partnerships
  4. Extent of wrap-around student services for college readiness in terms of frequency, time commitment and type of service

Core Objective - Success

Success - students will demonstrate needed competency in reading, writing, mathematics, and technology that prepare them for success with their identified goals and/or college-level courses in a reduced amount of time

  Core Indicators

  1. Number and percent of students who meet their stated educational goals
  2. Number and percent of students who move from pre-college to college level classes
  3. Number and percent of basic skills students transitioning into other college level classes within one year
  4. Number of students earning a high school diploma/exiting credentials

Core Objective - Equity

Equity - increase accommodation for our students and communities with diverse needs

  Core Indicators

The core indicators for the core objective of Equity will be applied as appropriate to the indicators for each of the other objectives for this core theme - access, success, responsiveness, and collaboration as in relation to diverse student and community needs. These indicators will address:

  1. Proportional representation of diverse students in terms of access and success indicators
  2. Inclusive and equitable treatment of diverse students and communities in terms of responsiveness and collaboration indicators

Core Objective - Responsiveness

Responsiveness - increase variety and innovativeness in strategies to attain basic skills and the clarity, availability and navigational literacy for transition pathways to College programs

  Core Indicators

  1. Number of students indicating high confidence in navigating the College's culture and learning opportunities
  2. Number of student completing high school exiting credentials
  3. Number of pathways to basic skills attainment
  4. Student grades in basic skills courses
  5. Number of languages used in our communities and relation to College's language responsiveness in educational programs and services

Core Objective - Collaboration

Collaboration - improve collaboration with K-12 schools and other appropriate community partners to increase College readiness

  Core Indicators

  1. Number of community partners involved and actively engaged at College in terms of time commitment and type of engagement
  2. Number of students served through community partnerships
  3. Number of requests for services from K-12 partners
  4. Number of K-12 school partners indicating satisfaction with College relationship
  5. Assessment of success of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with K-12 partners
  6. Level of success with I-Grad program

Continuing & Community Ed

Core Theme: Continuing and Community Education - provide programs and services that reflect a commitment to the professional, social and personal enrichment needs of the community

Core Objective - Access

Access - increase access by offering diverse learning opportunities at multiple locations on and off campus and providing guidance to assist in taking advantage of these opportunities

  Core Indicators

  1. Number of classes per year offered at a non-College site or alternative delivery mode.
  2. Number of informational events provided to campus and community to increase knowledge of continuing and community education.

Core Objective - Success

Success - increase student success in terms of meeting their needs, continued enrollment, and positive recommendations to others and pathways to enrollment in credit-bearing and certificated learning

  Core Indicators

  1. Number and percent of repeat students.
  2. Number and percent of continuing and community education students that would refer others.
  3. Number of outreach events and needs analyses conducted to determine needs.

Core Objective - Equity

Equity -- increase accommodation of the diverse needs of our students and communities.

  Core Indicators The core indicators for the core objective of Equity will be applied as appropriate to the indicators for each of the other objectives for this core theme - access, success, responsiveness, and collaboration as in relation to diverse student and community needs. These indicators will address:

  1. Classes targeted at diverse students and communities.
  2. Weighted component of Core Indicators: Access 2, Success 3, Collaboration 1 and 2 as they apply to Equity.

Core Objective - Responsiveness

Responsiveness - increase opportunity for community members to enrich their lives personally, socially, culturally and professionally through relevant and renewing life-long learning

  Core Indicators

  1. Number of new classes offered.
  2. Number and percent of courses that run.

Core Objective - Collaboration

Collaboration - increase collaboration and partnership with business and industry, K-12 education, community organizations and other continuing education providers to meet community needs

  Core Indicators

  1. Number of partnerships with K-12 schools, business and industry, and community.
  2. Number and nature of offerings for business, community groups and organizations. Disaggregation of Responsiveness Core Indicator 2 into community areas: K-12 schools, Business & Industry, Community, & Higher Education.
  3. Number of offerings that qualify or apply to maintaining professional certification/license or enhance post-degree/certificate skills.