Community colleges are among the most tangible assets of a healthy community, and to retain their pivotal role, they need a strong, visionary strategic plan.
A strategic plan is a blueprint for the future, a set of agreed upon priorities that are intended to propel an organization forward with robust and bold plans for the future.
For more than a year, amidst a global pandemic, remote operations, racial unrest, and regional wildfires, PCC’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and work groups have developed a strategic plan for the college. This plan has been reinforced by input and participation from the PCC community.
It has evolved into a document that consists of four major strategic areas of focus and 20 individual initiatives. In November of 2020, PCC’s elected Board of Directors approved the final draft of the college’s new strategic plan.
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- Belonging: Transform our learning culture toward creating a sense of belonging and well-being for every student
- Delivery: Redefine time, place, and systems of educational delivery to create a more learner-centric ecosystem
- Workforce: Respond to community and workforce needs by developing a culture of agility
- Enterprise: Cultivate a long-term sustainable college enterprise
Transform our learning culture toward creating a sense of belonging and well-being for every student
Definition of belonging: After an individual’s basic needs are met, the door is opened to create a sense of belonging. This sense of belonging is foundational to helping an individual self-actualize and thrive within an institution. In the college environment, both the academic and social elements work in tandem to create a sense of belonging. A sense of belonging is relational, reciprocal, and dynamic. It cultivates a feeling that the individual matters to the group, and that their personal identity and contributions are valued. Individuals experience that they are indispensable to the group and feel safe presenting themselves authentically in the group.
For the Belonging strategic area of focus, the 2020-2025 strategic initiatives are:
- Create a sense of belonging in our learning environment as a college priority, and as a key factor in equitable student success.
- Ensure every student has the opportunity to participate in an orientation experience.
- Provide onboarding to all new employees to create a sense of belonging.
- Provide training to all employees to develop competencies in principles of intercultural communication, systemic racism and social oppression, and culturally responsive practices that support our students and each other.
- Develop and support a culture where all faculty and staff feel regularly acknowledged, inspired, engaged, and supported by each other and the college.
Redefine time, place, and systems of educational delivery to create a more learner-centric ecosystem
For the Delivery strategic area of focus, the 2020-2025 strategic initiatives are:
- Cultivate a culture of student-focused teaching excellence, grounded in culturally-responsive, anti-racist pedagogies.
- Design and strengthen the innovative and appropriate use of technology, becoming a leader in advancing equitable student success in all learning modalities.
- Develop and scale learner-centered class offerings by expanding access in time, place, duration, and delivery in response to student and community pathways and barriers to our current course and class models.
- Create a teaching, learning, and technology innovation hub centered around equity and driven by assessment of student learning outcomes, the unique needs of learners, and our workforce needs.
- Implement comprehensive and equity-conscious support services that center the experiences of students who are most directly impacted by college delivery decisions.
Respond to community and workforce needs by developing a culture of agility
For the Workforce strategic area of focus, the 2020-2025 strategic initiatives are:
- Create new and sustain existing programs that lead to living wage jobs with partners that are rooted in core values related to equitable opportunity through education.
- Establish a holistic college and career readiness experience that is integrated in student orientation and connected to inclusive, anti-poverty, and equitable support programs and resources that include in-program coaching and career launching support.
- Provide students with a path for professional growth and advancement through work-based learning opportunities.
- Create a data-informed continuous improvement ecosystem to establish agile decision making and build the infrastructure for implementation.
- Welcome prospective students and partnerships with local employers including private, public and non-profit sectors, and community partners by removing barriers to entry and engagement.
Cultivate a long-term sustainable college enterprise
Definition of sustainability: Sustainability is the capacity to continue mission-aligned services while promoting economic prosperity, social equity and environmental stewardship. This “triple bottom line” approach informs the college’s mission, vision, and values, and promotes PCC as a positive economic, social, and environmental steward.
For the Enterprise strategic area of focus, the 2020-2025 strategic initiatives are:
- Advance equitable student success through the creation and diversification of new revenue streams that cultivate sustainability, align with PCC mission, and imagine new opportunities.
- Create a more equitable college model and experience while expanding sustainable operations across the college that are responsive to the community and agile in the face of change.
- Center and use proven anti-racist and anti-oppression systems to foster positive economic, environmental, and social growth, and provide accountability at all levels of the organization.
- Collaborate with our Portland metro area community, colleges and universities, primary and secondary educational partners, and business community to improve efficiency and ensure long-term viability of our enterprise
- Align and coordinate proactive college-wide planning based on assessment of internal and external factors, conditions and constituents with service toward our most marginalized and vulnerable populations as a guidepost.
In the news
November 15, 2019
PCC embarked on the strategic planning process this fall, to create a tangible path forward that ensures the college delivers on its commitment to opportunity and equitable student success for the students and communities it serves.
October 14, 2019
The fall term marks the launch of PCC’s Strategic Planning process, one that will offer a future forecast on both needs and opportunities for the college and produce a comprehensive strategic plan in mid-to-late summer 2020.