College Goals and Planning Priorities

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College Goals and Planning Priorities for FY 1999-2000

Goal #1 Provide facilities to support the rapid growth of the college through new facilities, and improve the maintenance, safety, security, and physical enhancements to the CFCC campuses.

1a. Involve faculty in instructional facility planning.

1b. Renovate old buildings and make physical improvements to existing classrooms, considering the size and use of rooms, to better accommodate students.

1c. Improve the cleanliness and appearance of the college facilities and investigate hiring CFCC's own custodial staff.

1d. Continue to establish campus focal points on campus as new buildings come on line.

1e. Provide additional campus signage that is attractive and strategically located.

1f. Develop a college safety plan that communicates clearly defined procedures and the roles and responsibilities of employees and students in emergency and evacuation situations.

1g. Improve campus security and investigate the desirability/feasibility of having trained and armed security guards or a CFCC police force.

1h. Work with area legislators to obtain funding for the planning and construction of a Regional Public Safety Training Center.

1i. Collaborate with New Hanover County to plan and develop recreational areas at the North Campus for joint CFCC and community use.

1j.Continue to improve handicap accessibility to CFCC facilities.

Goal #2 Incorporate the appropriate use of technology for students, faculty, and staff and provide training in accessing and applying the technology.

2a. Provide a comprehensive program of technology training for faculty and staff to improve the use of technology in the classroom and instructional support areas and that accommodates employee schedules.

2b. Establish and document the attainment of minimum competencies for faculty and staff in the use of computers and related information technology resources.

2c. Evaluate the use of technology to improve services to students and the public such as registration by telephone and Internet, student e-mail, and a "touch tone" telephone information line.

2d. Utilize technology resources to automate, simplify processes and reduce paperwork.

2e. Continue to upgrade existing programs to be on the "cutting edge" of technology.

2f. Review and update the CFCC Technology Plan to address training, access, and resources for adoption by the President and College Council.

2g. Utilize available distance education resources, such as the Internet and the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH), to deliver courses.

Goal #3 Improve internal communications among faculty, staff, and students.

3a. Implement methods to communicate closed classes to faculty and staff.

3b. Further develop CFCC Intranet capabilities and train faculty and staff in the use of this resource for improving communications.

3c. Schedule an open forum hosted by the president for faculty and staff each semester to share items of interest.

3d. Develop and implement a more effective system for staff and faculty to communicate information to students using existing technology.

Goal #4 Further promote CFCC's presence in the community and strengthen partnerships with entities outside the college including businesses/industry, public schools, universities and various agencies.

4a. Develop joint curriculum and continuing education teams to focus proactively on industry training needs.

4b. Continue to place a greater emphasis in the curricula on the soft skills such as oral communication, flexibility, teamwork, social skills, and the value of a good work ethic.

4c. Deliver courses and programs for the growing number of Hispanics in the local population.

4d. Place greater emphasis on literacy and occupational education.

4e. Continue to create awareness of CFCC and community college opportunities through programs targeting middle schools.

4f. Work closely with high schools to increase awareness and partnerships, and to develop training opportunities within the Huskins Bill and articulation agreements.

4g. Utilize the local cable educational network to promote the college.

Goal #5 Continuously improve the quality of instructional programs, college services and student performance through the all-inclusive Institutional Effectiveness process.

5a. Increase accountability for meeting the CFCC strategic goals.

5b. Increase the understanding of institutional effectiveness as a continuous quality improvement process through training.

5c. Develop a list of databases and reports that are routinely available to faculty and staff for research studies, grant proposals and other information needs. Determine other databases or reports needed but not readily available and the resources required to generate them.

5d. Partner with Indian River Community College to implement an "On-Line Planning System" for Cape Fear Community College.

5e. Review and document the college's compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Criteria for Accreditation through the "SACS On-Line Compliance System".

5f. Identify ways to better utilize program advisory committees and to improve the means for documenting and using their suggestions for program improvement.

5g. Improve usefulness of survey data for documenting student success by increasing the sample size and the response rates for employer satisfaction surveys.

Goal #6 Increase and enhance services which benefit students.

6a. Improve customer service by implementing an appropriate customer service training program for employees emphasizing communications etiquette and professionalism to better serve students and the public.

6b. Develop additional student activities made possible by the completion of the Schwartz Center such as intramural athletics, cultural activities, and guest speakers.

6c. Provide workshops for employees to become familiar with ways to serve an increasing number of students with special needs and disabilities.

6d. Enhance new student orientation.

6e. Determine the feasibility of providing an open and staffed computer lab for students.

Goal #7 Promote the health and well-being of the college family.

7a. Investigate establishing a wellness program and a wellness center for students and employees.

7b.Establish a campus health room for faculty and staff.

Goal #8 Promote Diversity at all levels of the institution.

8a.Identify CFCC high wage programs with low minority participation and explore the issues surrounding minority awareness and enrollment.

8b.Continue to aggressively recruit minority applicants for employment throughout the institution.

Goal #9 Promote faculty and staff excellence through recruitment, retention, recognition and professional development.

9a. Provide in-service training for faculty and staff on the budgeting process.

9b. Improve new employee orientation through initiatives such as a half-day orientation program, providing a handbook, and assigning mentors to new employees.

9c. Review methods currently used to evaluate faculty and staff and explore and implement ways to recognize the value of all employees.

9d. Increase opportunities for faculty professional development in the curriculum content areas.

Goal #10 Manage the college's fiscal resources effectively and seek additional funding through external sources such as grants and donations to support college programs and services.

10a. Assist and encourage faculty and staff in seeking private, state, and federal funding to support and enhance CFCC programs and services.

10b. Develop better means to identify grant opportunities.

Approved by College Council May 11, 1999

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