Arapahoe Community College’s strategic planning process is an inclusive, collaborative effort by the full campus community to establish a strategic plan for 2015-2020. Throughout the planning process, our goal is to engage institutional stakeholders in face-to-face interaction and personal discussion. Our team-oriented strategic planning process provides an opportunity for both internal and external community members to share their perspectives, experiences and views, resulting in shared aspirations and a common institutional vision. Each of the strategic directions established by our ACC community will be accompanied by strategic goals and expected outcomes through which progress on the strategic plan will be assessed.
The process to create ACC's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan provides opportunities for involvement by all Estates of the College – Faculty, Administrative, and Classified. The groups responsible for the design of the strategic plan include:
Strategic Planning Steering Committee
This committee is the driving force behind the project. Read more...The planning process structure agreed upon by this committee ensures that everyone interested in being a part of the process has the opportunity to do so. Additionally, they provide the leadership, supplies and equipment necessary to accommodate successful completion of the 2015-2020 plan.
Strategic Planning Process Facilitation Team
This team is responsible for knowing the ins and outs of the strategic planning process. Read more...They are trusted representatives of ACC employees, with their primary purpose to help others understand the strategic planning process and to seek input from stakeholders toward ensuring that the process is collaborative and transparent.
Environmental Analysis Task Force
This task force determines the internal and external factors that ACC needs to address for planning purposes over the next few years. Read more...They provide the first step in the process. The Environmental Analysis Task Force utilizes data currently collected by/available to the College and collects any additional data needed to determine ACC’s current status and desired position regarding identified internal and external factors, with a focus on service to students, service to ACC employees and service to the community. This work helps direct the Values, Vision, Mission Task Force and the Strategic Directions Task Force in the next steps of the process.
Values, Vision, Mission Task Force
Using the data gathered through the environmental analysis and input from ACC stakeholders, this task force determines if current Mission and Vision Statements can be affirmed or if modifications are required. Read more...Additionally, they gather input from the ACC internal community to assess whether previously-identified Core Values continue to reflect institutional culture.
Strategic Directions Task Force
This task force is responsible for utilizing the work of the Environmental Analysis Task Force and the Values, Vision, Mission Task Force, together with further input from ACC stakeholders to identify the strategic directions the College should pursue over the next five years, 2015-2020. Read more...(Once strategic directions are collaboratively determined, primary responsibilities will be assigned to specific areas of the College; those areas will establish strategic goals and associated expected outcomes necessary to achieve strategic directions and the overall strategic plan.)
Communication Task Force
This task force will prepare and execute an internal communications plan for the Strategic Planning Process. Read more...The communications plan ensures that all ACC employees are aware of the planning process and timeline, its products, and the opportunities for the community to be involved.
Evaluation Task Force
This task force prepares and executes a plan for formative and summative evaluation of the strategic planning process in terms of the extent to which the process was carried out in keeping with its Design Principles. Read more...Based upon the evaluations, they will make recommendations for changes to improve the process and its products.
Strategic Plan Content Council
The SPCC is made up of ACC leaders who represent all areas of the College. Read more...The steps in the strategic planning process result in various products, i.e. the Environmental Analysis; Values, Mission and Vision Statements; Strategic Directions; and, ultimately, the overall Strategic Plan. All products must be presented to, and affirmed by, the SPCC before the next step in the process can be pursued.