This series is part of an effort to showcase teaching and learning efforts at MVC.
Posted on behalf of Iva Bergeron, Dean of PRIE and SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison.
Can you tell us about what is happening in your area?
The Office of Planning Research Institutional Effectiveness is very busy! Initiatives we are currently working on include: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Fifth Year Report; Substantive Change Documentation for ISD schools in which we offer dual credit classes; Assisting with the QEP Impact Report; College Dashboard; Implementation of IMPROVE, our software for housing our assessment plans; Program Review; Annual Assessments; Ongoing Data Requests; and Implementation of the MVC 2017-2023 Strategic Plan: Shaping Our Future. Whew! There’s more, but I’ll stop there.
How did Mountain View College (MVC) get involved in the strategic plan?
All organizations need a compass that directs their future steps. MVC is no different. The college has designed a five-year strategic plan that will be used to help guide our efforts as we serve both our current and future students. Our strategic plan is intentional and flexible, allowing us to develop objectives and goals that meet our specific needs and align with the goals and objectives of our Board of Trustees.
How does this positively impact our students, employees, or community?
The positive impact on the students, employees and community are varied. The MVC strategic plan stems from our mission and vision statements. The MVC mission statement tagline is ‘Mountain View College empowers people and transforms communities’. The strategic plan serves as a guide to ensure that we do this in an organized manner that can be documented, measured, and improved upon. The students, employees and community can expect that MVC will utilize the strategic plan to create new programs, expand existing programs, analyze data, engage the community, develop employees, and improve our processes. All of this will be done in an effort to educate, improve, and advance the communities we serve.
What should we expect and what timeline exists regarding this effort?
Because our efforts are both agile and numerous, a formal timeline has not been developed. However, the Planning Budget and Assessment Committee will continue to fine-tune current processes, institutionalize assessments, and insure that planning and assessment inform our budget. The plan is a five-year plan. At the end of the five years, it is my hope that assessments, program review, process improvement, and making data informed decisions is second nature to MVC. At the end of the plan, the students, employees and community will see improved services, enhanced quality, increased opportunity, and progressive student success.
What departments or individuals on campus helped bring this initiative to life?
The current strategic plan, is a product of employees and students. The college hired a consultant to come and work with us as we looked at designing a plan that could guide our efforts for the next five years. The process kicked off in the summer of 2016. We then had planning meetings during Return Week of 2016, with employees and students. Additional meetings were held with the executive team, instructional departments, and students as we started to work on finalizing our plan and verifying congruence with our Facilities Master Plan. The Planning Budget and Assessment Committee worked with the consultant to survey employees, gather feedback and finalize the expected outcomes. It has been a comprehensive process, in which faculty, staff, and students have all played a role.
If interested, where would you point folks towards to learn more?
Individuals that wish to learn more about the plan can visit with anyone in the Planning Research and Institutional Effectiveness Office or contact a member of the PBA Committee. Also, the Marketing Department will be marketing the plan throughout the college in the near future, as well as placing information on MyPortal.