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Chesapeake College board approves new strategic plan

Six ambitious goals highlight college’s road map for next 5 years

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WYE MILLS – The Chesapeake College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Thursday afternoon a strategic plan covering the next five years that President Barbara Viniar called "ambitious and forward-looking."

The plan – Charting the Course: Chesapeake College 2014-18 Strategic Plan – is built around six strategic goals supported by a total of 27 strategies, each underpinned by priority actions. It was be evaluated through a series of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that will facilitate regular assessment of the college’s strides in successfully implementing the plan, according to Board of Trustees Chair Catherine Poe.

"It was important that the plan not only set out a vision for the next five years, but provide a strong mechanism for evaluating our progress at regular intervals," said Poe. "This plan provides just the right mix of vision and verification."

The plan’s six strategic goals are:

  • Transform the student learning experience;
  • Strengthen the regional economy;
  • Improve student goal attainment;
  • Grow enrollment;
  • Advance environmental sustainability;
  • Build the resources to advance the college mission.

"I think the breadth of involvement in this process – from the business, school and community leaders who offered their perspective on the front end, to the nearly universal employee participation at an all-college planning day, to the Strategic Planning Committee that drove the process; to the board’s participation from start to finish – helped produce an outstanding road map for our future," said Dr. Viniar. "The six goals really get at the heart of where we need to put our energy over the next five years.

"If we achieve all that we set out to achieve in this plan, the college will be a much stronger institution at the end of the process," added Dr. Viniar.

Dr. Viniar said the college will begin rolling out the plan over the next several months as its priorities are incorporated into departmental and divisional plans across campus. An awareness campaign to highlight the plan within the college’s five-county service region is currently under development.

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