Cape Fear Community College


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2001-2005 College Goals and 2004-2005 Planning Priorities


Goal 1 - Deliver quality programs and effective instruction that result in students achieving identified learning outcomes.  


One hundred percent of the 2005 Paralegal program graduates will be prepared to sit for the Certified Legal Assistant's Examination and will be placed in jobs.  


A 100 percent student pass rate will be achieved in the licensure examinations for Cosmetology, Esthetics and Manicuring programs within three months of program completion. 


Maintain high student pass rates on licensure examinations in all allied health programs


Maintain a 100 percent student pass rate on the Real Estate Licensing Examination.


Complete the self-study requirements for the Phlebotomy program to receive accreditation with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).


The Radiography Technology program will complete recommendations from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and receive accreditation status.


Recommendations from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) will be fulfilled by the Occupational Therapy Assistant program for accreditation with ACOTE.


Enroll the first class of students in the Medical Sonography program fall semester 2004. 


Explore offering a Business Administration Banking and Finance certificate program.


Obtain approval from the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges to offer an International Business Associate Degree program with a concentration in Electronic Commerce.


Expand Film and Video Production to a two-year Associate Degree program. 


Hire a full time instructor and begin offering a Community Spanish Interpreter Beginner Certificate program and an Advanced Certificate program fall 2004.


The Engineering Department will evaluate and implement certification testing in the engineering programs during 2004-2005.


Cosmetology students will enter two state competitions to compete for awards that recognize and showcase their skills and knowledge.


Pending funding of new library positions for 2004-2005, the Learning Resource Center will present a proposal to the college's curriculum committee requesting the addition of a one credit-hour library instruction course in the college transfer curriculum.


Arts and Sciences will recommend to the Academic Affairs and Student Development Division of NCCCS college transfer course prerequisite changes in the Common Course Library and in selected program standards.


Revise the Associate of Science program to better prepare students for transfer to senior institutions.


Assess the transfer students' perceptions of  'excellent teaching' for inclusion in future arts and sciences in-service and professional development activities.


Broaden the college transfer curriculum with the addition of new courses such as Social Dance, Inline Skating, Backpacking and Wilderness Pursuits.


Develop steps to address an increase in the number of math units required for high school graduates to enter four-year institutions beginning in 2006 and the impact this change will have on community college transfer students who will lack the required high school math units for admission to four-year institutions.


Identify and install network and/or Internet software for use in math classes. 


Assess the oral communications competencies of college transfer students.


Assess and improve college transfer students' proficiency levels in reading, composition, and grammar by implementing common final examinations in all developmental English and college level English courses. 


Develop and organize an 'Exam Study Hall' for college transfer students to study in groups for exams, to access study guides, to develop test-taking skills and to receive tutoring as needed.   


Increase the cultural experiences for faculty, staff, students and the community through exhibitions, performances and forums sponsored by the Humanities and Fine Arts Department. 



Goal 2 -  Provide adequate facilities to support the rapid growth of the college and improve the maintenance, safety, and security of all campuses.   


The Engineering Department will continue preparations to move programs to the Engineering Building under construction at the North Campus by fall semester 2005.


Continue preparations for moving the Interior Design, Welding and Electrical Industrial Maintenance programs to the North Campus by fall semester 2005.


Acquire additional classroom and clinical space for the Cosmetology program.

Seek funds for maintenance dredging of the Cape Fear Community College basin and for  replacement of the College's boat ramp to provide on-campus launch instruction in the Marine Technology curriculum. 


Renovate the Welding shop located on Water Street.


Maintenance staff will work with the CFCC Safety Committee to monitor all facilities to ensure a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campuses.


Pending budget funds, increase the number of housekeeping staff during all shifts to improve and maintain the cleanliness of existing and new facilities.


Implement a series of facilities and maintenance improvement projects including (a) replace five air handlers and condensing units in Building A (Galehouse) (b) replace four gas pack units in Building T (Business Industry and Government Center) (c) install a variable air volume distribution system in building S (6th floor McLeod) (d) hire floor contractor to maintain floors in all buildings (e) install security cameras in the Health Sciences Building (f) replace carpet in designated classrooms and offices (S200, C, D, E, J, K, A314, A316, and Child Development) (g) paint exterior of Buildings E and K and (h) purchase a fifteen passenger van to transport students.     


Plan for construction of a Safety Training Center at the North Campus and involve area agency partners in the process.


Plan and execute the move of the Hampstead Campus staff and programs to a new location by April 2005.


Develop a Workforce Literacy Development Center with lab facilities to provide specialized, entry-level job training to the disadvantaged population.



Goal 3 -  Incorporate the appropriate use of technology for students, faculty and staff and provide training in accessing and applying the technology.


Software used in the business program curricula will be updated to Office 2003 in classrooms at the North Campus and the Wilmington Campus.


Students and faculty will be provided the means to monitor fuel cells, photovoltaic panels and wind generator technology in a new sustainable energy test lab located in the Electronics Building at the Wilmington Campus. 


Complete training of the Media Center staff on the Video-On-Demand system at the North Campus.


Technology Training Center (TTC) staff will coordinate in-service technical training offered in the TTC with the other faculty/staff professional development activities identified by computer services, distance learning, personnel, learning lab, continuing education and the professional development committee.   


The CIS project manager will coordinate training and information distribution with faculty and staff, hold weekly meetings to evaluate, plan and coordinate the necessary steps for successful implementation and participate in weekly project manager and conversion conference calls.


Develop a schedule and train financial aid staff to be proficient in the use of the new Datatel system.


Develop and implement a schedule and user materials for training faculty and staff on the use of the student section of Datatel in preparation for full implementation of the new system fall 2005.


Develop a flow chart and instruction manual for use by counselors for entering college transfer credit information in Datatel. 


Increase use of Blackboard and other available technology among the Humanities and Fine Arts faculty.


Train continuing education staff in the use of Datatel.



Goal 4 -  Enhance the teaching and learning process through the provision of adequate, up-to-date equipment and learning resources that are accessible to users and in formats consistent with prevailing technologies suitable to the college's needs and goals.   


Within limits of the College's budget, keep all engineering programs current with rapidly changing technology.


Through implementation of a Prometric Testing Center opened at the North Campus by the Engineering Department, CFCC students as well as local industry personnel will be provided the opportunity to acquire certification in many areas of computer and industrial certification.   


Acquire a mobile generator and transport vehicle for the Film and Video Production program for use by students during shootings.


Enhance the Learning Resource Center web page to include a new up-to-date look, to ensure compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, to provide curriculum specific subject guides and portals for distance learning students, traditional students, faculty and staff.


Complete the reclassification of the Dewey collection at the Wilmington Campus library.


Complete the final phase of the satellite downlink system for the Wilmington Campus Learning Resource Center.


Complete the installation of SMART technology in all classrooms at the Wilmington Campus.  


Begin online check-in of serials for the North Campus library. 


Secure funding for  "Virtual Stage" computer software for the CFCC Television Studio.


Increase the library print collection at the North Campus by 10% to better reflect the curriculum programs and the general education courses supporting these curriculums.


Begin an analysis of the Learning Resource Center Technical Services Department workflow to improve efficiency. 


Maintain the College's network to provide sufficient speed and capacity.


Upgrade the Novell network operating system.


Provide a campus Web-portal.


Computer Services will continue to support and implement features of the Datatel CIS project. 


Implement an E-Procurement system through the Purchasing and Receiving Department. 


Convert the existing equipment inventory to the Datatel system.


Computerize the Central Stores supply inventory. 


Expand Bookstore services over the Internet with provision of an on-line catalog and a web-link to textbook information for distance learning classes.


In a continuing effort to address Cape Fear's need for a new research vessel for the Marine Technology program, develop specifications for the replacement of the R/V Dan Moore and prepare a presentation to be made before the 2005 General Assembly in response to the 'High Cost Programs Study' and special legislation.     



Goal 5 -  Provide increased access to educational opportunities through distance learning.


Increase the number of distance education web courses offered by the Business Education Department so students may complete requirements for various business associate degree programs. 


Increase the number of Criminal Justice Technology Internet classes.


Continue developing an online Associate of Arts Degree to be offered in 2006.


Implement a new version of Blackboard for distance learning faculty.


To support more distance learning opportunities for students, develop and provide training for faculty on Blackboard, Campus Cruiser and hybrid course development.   


The CFCC Distance Learning (DL) Working Group will evaluate compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges requirements for distance learning programs for the college's upcoming re-accreditation review process, develop necessary DL policies and procedures, and determine hybrid and online courses to be developed.



Goal 6 -  Strengthen partnerships with business and industry, public schools, universities and others that are mutually beneficial and that maximize resources in meeting the educational needs of the service area.


Establish a formal transfer agreement with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for Cape Fear Community College paralegal graduates. 


Establish at the Burgaw Campus Criminal Justice training programs leading to an associate degree for Pender County and the North Carolina Department of Corrections.


Partner with local business and industry to establish internships for all Criminal Justice students.


Establish a Vocational/Technical 'signature' Huskins course for the local high schools.


Increase the Huskins enrollment through recruiting and offering additional courses in the local high schools.


Revise Cape Fear Community College's Co-operative Education procedures to correspond with the new state procedures manual.


In partnership with the Wilmington Housing Finance Department, the CFCC Carpentry and Electrical/Electronics Technology programs will construct and wire two houses to provide affordable housing in the community.


The Landscape Gardening program will continue to partner with local agencies and participate in community service projects throughout the year.


Work with UNC-W and county libraries to explore the possibility of jointly funding the "One Book One Community" program this year due to the loss of LSTA grant funds to continue supporting this project. 


The Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty will meet with UNC-W department chairs to identify student organizations common to CFCC and UNC-W and engage these organizations in common projects to introduce CFCC college transfer students to the university and its students to help prepare them for successful transfer.


Explore the feasibility of implementing a CFCC Student Honors program through affiliation with the National Honor's Program and conference attendance.   


Occupational Extension and the Business, Industry and Government (BIG) Center will take steps to gather more input from the health occupations and business community by restructuring the Nurse Aide Advisory Committee and activating a Community Advisory Board for the BIG Center to address local market trends and employer needs. 


To meet the training needs of Pender County EMS and Rescue, develop a second Rescue Technician Academy at the Hampstead Campus for firefighters and rescue personnel.


Partner with the Department of Corrections to provide affordable training to meet their certification requirements. 


Through the Business, Industry and Government (BIG) Center, expand the Summer Teacher's Institute for private, public, and home-school teachers, teachers' aides and other education employees to meet an increase in requests for training.


To meet local demands for a trained workforce, the Business, Industry and Government (BIG) Center will train and provide a pool of qualified job applicants for employment in local call centers by Spring 2005.


To meet local job market demands, the BIG Center will offer a Microsoft Certification Preparation Class and an online certificate program for entry-level jobs in the growing medical sector.


Successfully reestablish the Job Link Resource Center to strengthen partnerships with community agencies and market the college's continuing education services to the community.


The Small Business Center (SBC) will work to increase partnerships with businesses located in Pender County and network with business groups to increase SBC visibility throughout the service area.  


Through CFCC Community Service/Self Supporting classes, sponsor a parent-child reading program for the Wilmington Housing Authority residents and other target groups. 


Pursue increased funding for the college through the CFCC Foundation in coordination with foundation resources available through the New Hanover County Library.


Identify employers of CFCC graduates and businesses providing co-op experiences for CFCC students and engage them in financial support through scholarships and other donations.



Goal 7 -  Provide a comprehensive program of student development services that assist students in achieving their goals including appropriate placement in courses and curricula, financial assistance, counseling and advisement, career guidance, and student activities and athletics.  


Restructure the new student orientation program to help transition students into college and improve retention. 


Implement online testing for the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) examination required for entry in allied health programs as a cost savings measure and to provide students with immediate test results. 


Research types and designs of effective career and testing offices at other colleges and select a model for restructuring the CFCC Career and Testing Office.


To ensure improved accountability and disbursement of work-study funds, develop a procedure that will require supervisors to report work-study hours in a more efficient manner.


Implement steps to ensure that all full time and part time faculty understand attendance and final grade reporting procedures to improve accuracy and timeliness of reporting.


Develop methods to regularly educate faculty and staff on the legal requirements and restrictions mandated by the Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) to ensure full compliance. 


Provide quality online counseling services to distance learning students and establish and maintain a 'Distance Learner Counseling' website.


To ensure quality student development services, review the structure of student activities, develop a policies and procedures manual for the student activities department, and develop an operating manual for the Student Government Association (SGA).


Evaluate the academic support program for athletes including a review of methods used to identify athletes experiencing academic difficulty and a review of progress report and study hall requirements and implementing changes to the academic support program where needed.    


Develop a fund raising program through the CFCC Foundation to provide additional athletic scholarships to CFCC students.   


Evaluate student interest and the demand for offering an additional sport for women during 2004-2005 to balance gender equity in the CFCC athletic program and to meet Title IX requirements. 


Increase donations to support CFCC Foundation student scholarships by providing a wider base of criteria for scholarship awards.    



Goal 8 - Cultivate an excellent, highly qualified faculty and staff through recruitment, retention, recognition and professional development. 


The Technology Training Center staff will expand in-service training programs to include a wider variety of personal and professional development classes based on recommendations from faculty and staff.


The Business Office will conduct budget and account code workshops for faculty and staff during 2004-2005. 


The collection and receipt of official transcripts and verification of all credentials on file for full time employees will be completed by the Personnel Office to ensure the College's compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges credential requirements for accreditation.


A review of the benefits program provided to Cape Fear Community College employees will be conducted by the Personnel Office.


Personnel files will be standardized for improved accuracy and ease in locating and retrieving information from employee files.


The Humanities and Fine Arts Department faculty will increase their level of interaction with other community college and university faculty by joining and participating in organizations dedicated to professional development in their respective fields.


The Math and Science Department will investigate having a CFCC faculty member serve on the National Science Foundation grant review committee.



Goal 9 -  Promote diversity at all levels of the college and maintain a diverse faculty, staff and student body that reflect the college service area.


Establish an additional English as A Second Language (ESL) class in Pender County to serve the growing ESL population in that area.


The Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education and Special Education college transfer pre-majors are under revision at the state level for the purpose of  including diversity and global issues in these curriculums.


Establish a Global Education Committee with representation from across the college and local business and industry for the purpose of  increasing awareness of global issues among faculty, staff, students and residents of New Hanover and Pender counties. This will be achieved through faculty, staff and student travel abroad, exchanges and through developing and offering both curricular and extra-curricular learning opportunities.


The Global Education Committee will sponsor a workshop for CFCC faculty and staff to present the World View program and promote global education.


The CFCC Diversity Committee and the Global Education Committee will partner to sponsor a performance or related program with an international theme each semester.


 The Learning Lab staff will develop a proposal and application for a federal TRIO Grant to fund services targeted for special needs students such as those with low-income, disabilities or first generation students.   


If funded, the college's new and approved Spanish Interpreter program will address the need to provide skilled translators to facilitate communication with the local Spanish speaking population.



Goal 10 -  Effectively manage the college's fiscal resources and seek external funding through grants and donations to support the mission of the college.


Manage the College's financial resources effectively and receive clean financial audits.


Maintain the College's financial integrity and strengthen internal financial controls.


Financial operations staff will participate in training, set-up, and testing in preparation for implementation July 1, 2005 of the accounts receivable and cash receipts segments of the CIS project. 


Implement the budget management system in the CIS project.


Continue generating possible alternative funding sources to offset recurring cuts in Marine Technology research vessel operations budget.


Establish a stewardship plan for CFCC Foundation donors to increase their giving levels.


During 2004-2005, increase the number of new CFCC Foundation donors over last year.



Goal 11 -  Strengthen and refine the college's continuous improvement process to ensure institutional effectiveness and public accountability.  


Complete the implementation of the both the budget planning module and the assessment planning module of the college's third generation of the Strategic Planning Online (SPOL) system used to document planning and budgeting.


Implement the College's Accreditation Review Project for re-affirmation of accreditation status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Commission on Colleges (COC).


Participate in the development of a North Carolina Community College System Data Warehouse Report Library to provide a more timely and accurate reporting tool. 


Schedule an external peer review of Cape Fear Community College's planning and research functions in preparation for the SACS re-accreditation review process.


Conduct fifteen (15) curriculum program reviews during 2004-2005.


Continuing Education Department will take steps to reduce paperwork and record keeping errors to meet state audit requirements and receive no audit concerns.   


For increased efficiency and accountability, the Small Business Center will create internal software systems to enable staff to track contracts, instructors, students and mailing lists.




Goal 12 - Foster and maintain a positive public image of the college and effectively promote college services and programs to the community.


The Printing Services Department will offer an increased level of graphic design support for college publications.


A new CFCC produced bi-monthly television show, "CFCC!" will begin airing on The Learning Network to promote the college and focusing on CFCC people, programs and events.


A new recruitment video and a multi-media CD-ROM will be produced to market the college to potential students and the community.


Strengthen recruiting efforts by broadening the recruiting target area, and developing a prospective student database and a centralized housing and commuter resource information center. 


Develop and implement a College Transfer Program website.


Due to the increasing interest in the health sciences programs, implement steps to improve communications between health sciences faculty, staff and potential students regarding specific program admissions requirements, advising and other information unique to health sciences.


Market the Small Business Center with the creation of a more useful and informative SBC website containing resources, links, best practices and an Online Business Exchange.


Develop a better mail marketing system for the Small Business Center and maintain an up-to-date mail list from the SUN system for all SBC seminars.


Develop a 'state-of-the-art' Small Business Center (SBC) Resource Library to expand services offered by the SBC. 


Through efforts of the CFCC Foundation, promote success stories of student scholarship recipients to the community through the local news media.


The CFCC Foundation will extend invitations to community residents to visit the college campuses and attend CFCC sponsored events to better inform them of CFCC programs and the benefits of College to its service area.


Further educate the CFCC Foundation Board of Directors and community volunteers about the mission of Cape Fear Community College and its programs and services to enable them to more effectively promote the college to potential donors    



Goal 13 -  Enhance internal communication among faculty, staff and students.


Automate class and room scheduling and posting of college events with implementation of Datatel.


Publish an in-house Learning Resource Center newsletter each semester.


Establish an active librarian/faculty liaison program to communicate information regarding library resources and services and to facilitate a more effective response to the research and reading needs of faculty and staff.  


Collect, organize, catalog and display Cape Fear Community College archival documents and scrapbooks tracing the history of the college from July 1, 1963 to present. 


Develop internal guidelines for implementing services provided by the CFCC Television Studio.


Develop a payroll web site on the Cape Fear Community College Intranet.


Establish a Computer Services web page.


Initiate monthly meetings between parking attendants and the roving campus guard to help improve internal communication and services.


Develop methods to improve communication to students receiving financial aid regarding their responsibilities for following the Academic Progression Standards.  


The Personnel Office will publish a Worker's Compensation Handbook for CFCC employees


The English Department will develop a monthly newsletter for campus distribution to help improve communication and inform faculty, staff and students. 


Orientation workshops for part-time faculty will be developed by the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department and English Department.


The Small Business Center will work more closely with the curriculum business classes to provide a more seamless approach to client services.






2001-2005 College Goals Approved by the CFCC Board of Trustees March 28, 2001.


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