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Strategic Planning

In September 2010, Dr. Gayle Saunders convened the Strategic Planning Team. The Team’s charge was to create a strategic plan to guide the College’s actions and initiatives in meeting the vision and mission of the College as well as address the broader state and national educational issues and challenges. The Team included stakeholders from across the College: faculty, deans, Technical Services, Marketing, Student and Academic Services, and Finance and Administration.

Based on analysis and discussion of this information, the Team determined that the goals of the Strategic Plan needed to shift slightly from the previous two plans. The new goals—Advance student access, engagement, and success; Cultivate a sustainable institutional environment; and Enhance community engagement and partnerships—collectively reflect Richland’s momentum. The Team also agreed that teaching and learning and accountability through clear measurement and metrics would underlie all components of the Strategic Plan. Three subteams then developed strategies and actions to support the goals and to connect to the Vision and Mission. Regular presentations were made to the Board of Trustees and to the College community to keep them apprised of progress.

The completed 2011-2014 Strategic Plan reflects the climate of collaboration, respect, and conversation at Richland Community College. It emphasizes the importance of student success, community and regional partnerships, and sustainability in College operations. The Plan will be further enhanced by the Priorities established each year, with attention to student success, human resources, and fiscal responsibility. Continued attention to federal and state initiatives such as the Illinois Public Agenda and the Graduation Initiative will also inform priorities as new state and federal benchmarks are sent. As Richland Community College celebrates its 40th anniversary, this Strategic Plan offers direction for the future while maintaining flexibility to meet the dynamics of the District and the nation and as the College moves to meet its vision and uphold its Core Values.

Richhland Educational Advisory Committee on Higher Education (REACH)

The Richland Educational Advisory Committee on Higher Education (REACH) concluded its year-long process of public engagement on August 17, 2004, with a presentation to the RCC Board of Trustees. The Community Chairs outlined the REACH process and then offered a series of recommendations based on the input and ideas from the community participants. These recommendations were accepted by Board Resolution that evening. The Executive Summary outlines the process and findings, and the REACH Recommendations list 6 major recommendations and additional sub-recommendations. These recommendations are being prioritized by the College administration and are being incorporated into the RCC Strategic Plan.

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