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Where the Strategic Plan aligns with other planning efforts

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Planning at Portland Community College occurs in an integrated manner across academic and non-academic units. The planning processes integrate the strategic plan, our YESS work, and operational plans with program review, assessment of student learning, and institutional and external data. The budgeting process is aligned with our planning process and develops budget priorities based on the strategic plan priorities, operational plan priorities, and annual work plans. Input, feedback, and collaborative decision-making are woven throughout the entire planning and budgeting cycle with multiple opportunities for participation.

Departmental and operational plans align with the College’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 and aim to advance the institution’s long-range strategic goals. Our strategic plan aligns with:

Student learning and assessment

The goal of assessment at Portland Community College is to inform improvements to learning, curriculum, and instruction. Each assessment cycle is documented through an annual reporting and feedback process carried out by the Learning Assessment Council (LAC). The LAC is a faculty body that guides the work so that it can be a mechanism for college learning.

The LAC collaborates with Academic Affairs and college leadership to ensure our Subject Area Committees (SACs), such as Math or Biology, for example, provide assessment data that keeps the college aligned with the NWCCU 2020 Accreditation Standards. The Learning Assessment Committee encourages SACs to design assessments using authentic questions about student learning in order to grow their curriculum and programs. It emphasizes looking at student achievement across their courses and programs to identify areas for growth and development.

IT Planning

The published IT Strategic Plan was launched in fall 2016 to provide an institutional blueprint of strategic technology projects that aligned with PCC’s core strategies and key college-wide planning efforts, as well as driving IT operational maturity. The plan focused on a five-year timeframe to drive IT infrastructure, data, applications, and processes to best-in-class status for educational technology. Most of the objectives of the current IT Strategic Plan have been achieved and as of the 1st quarter of 2022, PCC’s IT team is working on a revised strategic plan in alignment with the upcoming accreditation cycle.

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2021 Climate Action Plan

PCC’s 2021 Climate Action Plan: Resiliency, Equity, and Education for a Just Transition is the college’s five-year roadmap towards climate justice. Unified under a shared vision, PCC’s 2021 Climate Action Plan establishes a new carbon neutrality goal of 2040 and builds off an impressive amount of work done to date to outline clear pathways for equity-focused climate action. PCC’s 2021 CAP has four focus areas, two of which address PCC’s GHG emissions from its operations, a section focused on education and outreach to ensure the PCC community has the tools, resources, and knowledge to lead in climate action, and resiliency to help PCC equitably adapt to global climate change. Each focus area has five-year goals and associated strategies, vetted through a Climate Action Equity Guide, to set PCC on the path to 2040 carbon neutrality and climate justice.

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