Planning at all levels of the college is highly participatory. In keeping with the college’s culture of inclusiveness and transparency, KCC’s planning processes offer widespread opportunities for input by appropriate constituencies. From advisory boards for academic programs to shared governance to strategic planning, public and employee participation is highly sought after.
Like most other plans at the college, the strategic planning process solicits extensive public, Board of Education, and KCC employee input. The college’s strategic plan serves as the unifying element that takes into account the needs of the community, the mission of the college, efforts of the college’s internal departments, and the budgeting process.
The current cycle of strategic planning began in 2013. At that time, the President and the Board Chair asked for a new strategic plan and associated process that would:
- be highly inclusive of the public and all college departments
- give all departments a sense of meaning and forward vision
- be integrated with the budget process
- be a grass-roots, department-centered system
- remain a vibrant, living document at the forefront of all college activities.
Development work on the Strategic Plan included public workshops with campus tours for local business, political leaders, the National Guard at Kingsley Field, K-12 districts, and regional agencies. Additional works-sessions were held for all campus departments and the Board of Education. From their input derived a set of recommendations that became the Strategic Initiatives and their descriptions. Each Initiative was intentionally phrased to match a part of the college Mission statement (these vital parts of the Mission are called "core themes"). Further work-sessions were held with every college department to develop their own mission statement and department strategic plan. The department plans may include one or more strategic initiative matching one or more core theme. The resulting Plan(s) and related planning processes – termed “Strategic Plan 1.0” – was implemented in September 2014 having a 3-year life cycle. Plan 1.0 ended in 2017 and development promptly began on Plan 2.0.
For more information, see our Strategic Plan FAQs page.
To view publications related to the Strategic Plan, please see Publications.