DRAFT Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives for College of the Redwoods (approved by the Board on 4‐3‐12) Goal 1 Focus on Learners: Developmental, Career Technical, and Transfer Education. College of the Redwoods will employ programs, services, and organizational structures to meet the needs of learners and ensure student success. Objectives
Desired Outcomes
Potential Action Plans and Initiatives
Indicators (and targets)
1.1 Match student
readiness with
Students will be effectively evaluated
and placed in appropriate programs of
Develop processes and policies to increase participation in
math and English placement.
Assess online readiness for students who intend to take a
DE course for the first time.
The college will facilitate successful
achievement of intended learning
Programs and services will be
evaluated to ensure currency and
Develop structures and assign responsibility to ensure
assessment of course, program and institutional outcomes.
Number of students participating in math and
English placement.
Number of first-time distance education
students completing online readiness
Increase by 5% per year the number of
students completing career exploration
By 2017 all full-time students will have a
student education plan in place.
All programs will participate in assessment
Develop structures and assign responsibility to ensure
evaluation of program and service effectiveness.
All programs will participate in assessment and
program review annually
The college will increase the number
of degree and certificate completions.
The college will increase the number
of transfers to four-year colleges.
Students will be actively engaged and
institutionally supported.
The college embraces equity and
diversity with effective policies and
Align course offerings with aggregate data from Student
Educational Plans.
By 2017 the number of degrees, certificates,
and transfers will increase by 30%.
Improve First Year Experience Program.
Develop summer bridge and other shortened “classes” to
provide assistance in targeted content areas in math and
Perceived student engagement (NSSE or SSI
baseline to be established 2012-13).
Student Equity Plan measures.
Participation of underrepresented groups will
increase by 2% per year.
Number of BPs and APs updated to
incorporate equity and diversity principles.
Maintain course retention rates ≥ 85%
By 2017, ARCC persistence rates will rise to
Number of students completing math and
English remediation within one year
(determine baseline, set targets).
Faculty development committee will allocate funds for
pedagogical improvements.
Sabbaticals will be awarded for plans to improve
College will provide training and support for instructional
improvement and innovation.
Number of faculty funded for instructional
improvement initiatives.
Number of sabbaticals funded for instructional
Number of faculty participating in college
training in instructional improvement.
Provide career exploration activities to educate students
about possible careers and related training and education
Enable students to develop student education plans.
1.2 Continuously
assess and
evaluate programs
to provide effective
programs and
services for all
1.3 Students will be
able to complete
their desired
educational goals.
1.4 Enhance student
support and
engagement (see
The college will improve persistence
and retention rates.
1.5 Improve basic skills
1.6 Support staff and
development and
More students will complete any
necessary remediation within one
year of admission.
Faculty will employ innovative
teaching practices.
Strengthen and augment services to enhance access and
success for underrepresented populations.
Update Board Policies (Chapter 5, Students and Chapter 7,
Human Resources).
Ensure all students go through matriculation process.
Goal 2 Focus on Learners: Community Partnerships College of the Redwoods will provide, in partnership with the community, training and education to contribute to the economic vitality and lifelong learning needs of the community. Objectives
Desired Outcomes
Potential Action Plans and Initiatives
2.1 Provide workforce
The Business Training Center will
provide industry-recognized
certifications in strong and emerging
2.2 Respond to
business and
industry short-term
training needs.
The Business Training Center will
collaborate with business and industry
partners to offer contract training and
scheduled workshops for incumbent
The college will create non-credit
programs to meet the lifelong learning
needs of the community.
Evaluate certifications needed to support local
incumbent workers and industries.
Develop trainings in areas where certified
employees are needed by local employers.
Develop a training calendar of workshops that meet
the training needs of business and industry.
2.3 Develop non-credit
Evaluate priorities for ESL, GED, short-term
vocational training, versus job readiness.
Collaborate with faculty to develop needed
Indicators (and targets)
Program revenue will grow by 10% per
Number of contract training clients and
incumbent workers trained will grow by
10% per year.
Non-credit courses established.
Goal 3 Fiscal and Operational Sustainability
College of the Redwoods will pursue strategies that lead to fiscal and operational sustainability. Objectives
Desired Outcomes
Potential Action Plans and Initiatives
Indicators (and targets)
3.1 Reduce reliance on
apportionmentbased funding.
3.2 Improve college
Increased funding through a revived
foundation, grants and contracts, and
entrepreneurial ventures.
Improved operational efficiencies
through effective management of
human, physical, technical, and
financial resources.
Streamline grant development processes
Develop partnerships to support programs.
By 2017, 15% of the budget will be nonapportionment based revenue.
Establish benchmark for effective measures
Practice data-driven process reengineering to
increase efficiencies.
Maintain cost/FTES at the statewide
Maintenance-related tickets.
Perceived processing bottlenecks.
3.3 Increase funding
available for
strategic initiatives
The college will tie resource allocation
to outcomes and planning.
3.4 Increase community
support for the
3.5 Practice continuous
quality improvement
The College of the Redwoods
Foundation will raise money for
college use.
Services and related processes are
continuously evaluated for improved
effectiveness and efficiencies.
The College will create structures and
processes to ensure ACCJC
accreditation standards are
The Budget Planning Committee will consider
alignment with strategic initiatives in the
development of funding priorities.
The college will save excess reserves for use in
strategic initiatives.
Hire a development director.
Dollars allocated in support of institutional
plans and in response to assessment and
program review
Fund balance percentage will be at the
statewide average.
Foundation assets will grow by $250,000
per year.
Units and departments will participate in all
assessment and program review related activities.
Quality improvement plans and reports
100% compliance with program review
and assessment.
Number of outstanding recommendations
from the ACCJC.
3.6 Practice continuous
adherence to
Responsibility for adherence to accreditation
standards will be assigned to appropriate units and
The college will evaluate adherence to the
standards at least once per year.
Goal 4 Technological Relevance College of the Redwoods will develop infrastructure, adopt best practices, and conduct data analysis to utilize current and emerging technologies to support the learning environment and enhance institutional effectiveness. Objectives
Desired Outcomes
Potential Action Plans and Initiatives
Indicators (and targets)
4.1 Improve technology
infrastructure to
support all college
Day-to-day operations will be
supported effectively.
Current technology will be available to
support new initiatives.
The college will update aging information
technology infrastructure.
The college will deploy ubiquitous and secure
wireless through the district.
Upgrade video conferencing capabilities
Average internet speed available on CR
Average networking speed
4.2 Improve
instructional labs to
support effective
teaching and
Faculty will have appropriate tools
Students will have access to tools
they need.
Faculty and staff will effectively utilize
technology in teaching
The college will develop an instructional lab
improvement plan to include replacement at
appropriate intervals.
The technology plan will included a software
replacement component.
Provide training throughout the year on the
appropriate use of technology and to review
emerging technologies.
The college will develop replacement and upgrade
plans for relevant technologies in CTE areas and
incorporate it into the budget cycle.
4.3 CTE programs will
have technology
relevant to their
4.4 Improve efficiency
through technology
(see objective3.2)
Students will have access to current
and emerging technology in the
classroom environment.
Faculty, staff, and students will
experience improved effectiveness
and efficiency when using college
Employ a process and structure to increase the
efficiency and reliability of technology systems.
4.5 Improve data
gathering and
utilization to support
student service,
and administrative
decision making.
The Institutional Research
Department will have an increased
capacity to support the institution’s
data needs.
The college will effectively use data
and analysis to improve teaching and
institutional outcomes.
Improve the utility of MIS data for reporting
The college will implement a data warehouse and
reporting system.
Adopt a set of clearly defined data elements that
are consistently reported.
Participation of employees at all sites and
centers in college dialogue.
Student and faculty satisfaction
Assessment results related to
Current versions of ADA software.
Number of employees participating in
training on utilization of technology in the
Student satisfaction with technology
Budget plans related to technology
replacement and upgrade cycle
System outages
Number of servers with disaster recovery
system in place.
Average age of computers and servers.
Unresolved technology tickets/number of
work orders/response time.
Assessment results.
Use of Institutional Research reporting
Goal 5 Enhance Institutional Profile College of the Redwoods will engage in activities and initiatives to elevate the college’s profile in the community. Objectives
Desired Outcomes
Potential Action Plans and Initiatives
Indicators (and targets)
5.1 Enhance support
for the college
5.2 Support/increase
cultural activities at
the college
Provide services and support for
students and the community.
Support community activities consistent with the
college mission.
Community survey.
The college will support cultural
activities on campus.
Support cultural activities consistent with the
college mission.
5.3 Develop
partnerships for
utilization of the
available buildings
5.4. Reactivate the
Business, industry, governmental, or
non-profit entities partner with the
college to use available buildings.
Investigate public-private ventures.
Investigate opportunities for a business incubator
in partnership with Humboldt State University
Events held at the college.
Students and community members who
participate in events at the college.
Revenue generated by cultural events.
Partnerships established.
Revenue generated from partnerships.
The college will have an active alumni
5.5 Increase
and outreach to the
5.6 Develop a
relations function.
Residents in the community will
understand the college’s mission and
Create a website for alumni.
Conduct graduation survey.
Create a database of alumni residing within the
college’s service area.
Senior administrators and trustees will participate
in community activities.
Federal, state, and local officials will
understand how regulatory issues
affect the college.
Present regular reports to the Board of Trustees on
government relations matters.
Trustee advocacy as appropriate.
5.7 Increase public
support for the
The public will vote for state and local
measures that support the college
Produce a yearly update to the community.
Conduct an economic impact study.
Create an institutional fact book.
Alumni engagement.
Targeted media coverage to the
Community perceptions of the college.
Outreach event participation.
Meetings with, and literature provided to
elected and appointed officials.
Staff, faculty, students, and trustees
participating on publicly-appointed bodies.
State and local bond dollars available to
the college.
Statewide and federal education initiatives
supported by voters in the college’s