District-Wide Goals for 2010-11

Molly Daly

Upcoming meetings will determine the District-Wide Goals for 2010-2011. As a component of the ongoing Strategic Planning Process, ideas for the goals will be submitted to the College Presidents within the District and the ATEP Provost by Friday, Jan. 29 through each constituent and consultation group.

‘The district’s goals should be developed in support of the goals laid out by Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College,’ said Tod Burnett, President of Saddleback College. ‘To ensure that we are moving forward together to achieve our priorities when it comes to academic planning, facilities and maintenance, technology concerns, emergency preparations, and other strategies that enable the college to provide our important services to students.’

Annually, each college campus within the district creates an adequate list of goals pertaining to the individual campus for the upcoming school year. Subsequently those goals are presented to Bob Bramucci, District Vice Chancellor of Technology and Learning Services where the goals are looked over and then grouped by subject area. Ideas may still be submitted directly to the office of the Vice Chancellor until Feb. 8.

‘Dr. Brammuci’s office will assemble of the proposed goals, group them by subject area, and then post them on the District-Wide Goals for 2010-2011 SharePoint project site for feedback,’ Raghu Mathur, Chancellor of the District said. ‘[SharePoint] is basically a depository of all the goals and people can comment on what makes sense, what doesn’t make sense, [and] how it should be reworded. It is interactive.’

Discussions are underway to determine if this site will be made public since as of right now, the project site has restricted access. According to the Strategic Planning Timeline for 2010-2013, Saddleback College should have the feedback on the goals completed by February.

On Thursday, Feb.11 the Chancellor’s Cabinet will conduct the first planning session from 2 to 3:30 pm in Room SSC 212. This first session is open to the public and anyone who wishes may attend. A second planning session will be held on Friday, March 12 from 9:30 am to 11 am at IVC located in the Business Sciences and Technology Innovation Center, Room 101.

‘We are meeting twice to look at [the goals] we have got by category, and to talk about how we can consolidate. We need to do some consolidation so we can have a reasonable number of goals of about eight to twelve,’ Mathur said.

At this meeting every recommendation and each idea will be finalized and presented to the Mathur. The Chancellor presents the goals to the Board of Trustees, and once approved each of Saddleback College’s, IVC’s, and ATEP’s goals are integrated with one another. Related goals are incorporated together; where as unrelated goals are not.

Throughout this process a summarized report regarding the previous year’s goals and their success level is analyzed and presented. This report is used as a tool to revise and improve the upcoming District-Wide Goals along with another statement prearranged by Orange County Business Council Community.

‘We need to be sensitive to business’ needs in Orange County and Southern California in general to see what the emerging job markets are and where the future jobs are,’ Mathur said. ‘Whether it’s the computer industry, or manufacturing, or green technology’hellip;we need to look at the data and determine some other areas we need to offer programs in for the students.’ Collectively, the ideas for goals and the reports are used to establish the District-Wide Goals for 2010-2011.

Based on the four strategic directions; Student Preparedness, Foster Innovation, Excel in College Transfers, and Enhance Resources, the district wide goals are intended to lead Saddleback College to campus-wide improvements and to help execute the strategic directions. ‘The college’s strategic planning process is the vehicle for goal setting and the development of strategies to achieve those goals,’ Burnett said.

During the fall semester Burnett created a list of the top ten projects for the college. The stated primary goals are to complete the accreditation self-study report and to begin implementing efficiencies onto the campus. ‘All goals the college establishes are with the needs of our students in mind.’

Accreditation is critical because it shows that we are a quality college that is constantly seeking institutional improvement to help our students to achieve their higher education goals,’ Burnett said.’ ‘Implementing efficiencies is always important.’ ‘I am thinking, and I do have some ideas’hellip;One thing that [the district] does need to pursue is to continue the development of the ATEP campus,’ Mathur said.

Once built, the one-stop student information center’s purpose will be to help students by providing them with an easily accessible location where questions can be answered without necessarily waiting in a long line. As the third most important project of the college, the one-stop student information center is a factor in obtaining a greater level of efficiency. In April, the Veterans Memorial will be completed and a dedication ceremony is scheduled on April 29.

‘Developing a plan for meeting our capital and scheduled maintenance needs is important to ensure that our buildings and landscape are modern, safe, and provide our faculty and students with space that is appropriate for their needs,’ Burnett said

For the duration of March the last steps of the Strategic Plan for 2010-2013 will undergo and the plan will be implemented onto the campus.

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