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Our mission statement

“To support student success by delivering access to quality education while advancing economic development and promoting sustainability in a collaborative culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Portland Community College, Oregon’s largest post-secondary institution serving nearly 70,000 students, takes its mission seriously. As Portland’s economy grows, so does demand for a highly-skilled workforce. A PCC education helps to meet this demand, support business and industry, and build a solid middle-class.

In fall 2019, PCC launched a collaborative and inclusive strategic planning process to ensure the college delivers on its mission, as well as its commitment to opportunity and equitable student success for the students and communities it serves. Between October and December 2019, 49 Listening & Engagement sessions were held with faculty, staff, students and external community members at PCC’s campuses and at several centers. More than 400 attendees participated in the sessions.

Strategic planning will continue through summer 2020, resulting in a plan that empowers PCC to make informed choices related to short- and long-term organizational direction. Building on the existing strategic plan, as well as other ongoing, long-term efforts like Integrated Planning, the new plan will have a five-year scope yet offer a 10- to 20-year vision related to future needs and opportunities.

Questions or comments? Please email your inquiry or feedback to strategicplan@pcc.edu.


Upon approval by the Board of Directors, PCC’s new five-year Strategic Plan will enable the college to:

  • Evolve and adapt, as a means to stay relevant and pertinent for those it serves.
  • Integrate equitable and inclusionary strategies, objectives, action plans, and measurements into decision-making processes.
  • Re-imagine PCC’s path moving forward, improving completion rates and reshaping the student experience.
  • Stay competitive, ensuring PCC’s long-term viability.
Strategic areas of focus – August 2020
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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.

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Steering Committee

Steering Committee membersThe strategic planning process is an important time in the college’s history that will have a significant impact on reaching our goal of equitable student success. Integral to this effort will be the creation of a Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee is made up of internal and external community members that will work from January through the summer of 2020 to create and design a viable strategic plan, for approval by PCC’s Board of Directors. We anticipate the Steering Committee will spend approximately 10 hours per month, including meetings and online discussions, throughout this process.

Visit the Steering Committee Spaces page to review agendas of ongoing progress related to the strategic plan.

Committee members
  • Alex Baldino
  • Lisa Bledsoe
  • Eric Blumenthal
  • Tricia Brand
  • Kate Chester
  • Zoe Cooper-Caroselli
  • Kendall Cottrell
  • Linda Degman
  • Karin Edwards
  • Jeremy Estrella
  • Linda Fergusson-Kolmes
  • Katy Ho
  • Jessica Johnson
  • Sylvia Kelley
  • Karen Paez
  • Jen Piper
  • Loraine Schmitt
  • Briar Schoon
  • Kurt Simonds
  • Mae Stephenson
  • Sarah Tillery

Steering Committee nominations were collected through November 15, 2019, and President Mitsui determined who would serve based on the following criteria:

  • Strategic and visionary thinkers who focus on structural and systems solutions to strategic issues, from 30k-50k feet.
  • Those who have an equity and empowerment focus for the strategic planning process, with a commitment to justice and equitable student success outcomes. Committee members should also demonstrate a grounding in equity and justice, and how those concepts can support and transform our PCC community.
  • Those with the capacity for mindful discretion in relation to any sensitive information that may be shared throughout the planning process.
  • Collaborative leaders by nature, who are comfortable in discussing (understanding that constructive conflict/competing interests emerge in a collaborative process); who actively listen and synthesize simultaneously; and who seek mutually beneficial outcomes or direction.
  • Those with holistic knowledge about the college, its culture, and the living systems and operations in which its programs and services perform.
  • Those personally inspired and committed to PCC initiatives and external factors that support and create the future of our greater community.


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August 2019
  • President Mitsui announces Strategic Planning Initiative.
  • Consultants Ian Symmonds and Sonali Balajee hired to facilitate process.
  • “Planning to Plan” team members established.
September 2019 – December 2019
  • 49 Listening & Engagement sessions have taken place with faculty, staff, students, and external community members at PCC’s campuses and several centers. More than 400 attendees participated.
    • Friday, October 18 – Rock Creek
    • Thursday, October 24 – Cascade Campus
    • Friday, October 25 – Sylvania Campus
    • Thursday, October 31 – Southeast Campus
    • Monday, November 18 – CLIMB Center
    • Tuesday, December 3 – Downtown Center
October 2019
  • Equity & Strategic Planning Capacity Building Retreat held for Cabinet and Planning to Plan team members.
November 2019
  • Steering Committee nominations submitted.
December 2019 – January 2020

Goal: Review and analyze data collected from Listening & Engagement sessions and surveys through an equity- and justice-based lens.

  • First Steering Committee meeting to be held in early January.
  • Steering Committee members to be determined.
January 2020 – February 2020

A short, web-based SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) survey will be deployed to various PCC constituents, including current faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community leaders.

February 2020 – May 2020

Goal: Steering Committee to meet two times per month, four hours each time, to develop and coalesce equity-based strategies and action plans.

June 2020 – August 2020

Goal: Steering Committee to meet two times per month, four hours each time, to develop and coalesce equity-based strategies and action plans. Special emphasis will be placed on the need for structures and processes to build accountability and participation related to the plan, internally and externally.

  • Finalizing details, prioritizing, and sequencing the strategic plan.
Strategic plan meeting schedule
  • January 7, 2020
  • February 6, 2020
  • February 13, 2020
  • February 27, 2020
  • March 5, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 2, 2020
  • April 30, 2020
  • May 22, 2020
  • May 28, 2020
  • June 4, 2020
  • June 18, 2020

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Provide your input

Do you have questions or suggestions for PCC as it strategically plans its future? If so, please contact strategicplan@pcc.edu.

In the news

Strategic planning rolls out across the college

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.

Strategic Planning Listening & Engagement sessions coming to PCC

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.