North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) kicked off a new strategic planning process with an all-staff input session on Wednesday, January 11. More than 200 faculty and staff gathered to discuss the mission, vision, and core values of the College and provide feedback.
NIACC has partnered with the Institute for Decision Making (IDM) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) to facilitate the strategic planning process. The IDM has been involved in this type of work for over 30 years and recently worked with UNI to develop their new strategic plan.
The strategic planning process is intended to be inclusive and transparent and will invite insight from throughout the College and the communities in the NIACC service area. The timeline calls for NIACC’s Board of Trustees to review and approve the final document in August.
“I’m excited to begin the important process of establishing a strong road map for the College in our pursuit of excellence for the next five years,” NIACC President Steve Schulz said. “Involvement of the campus community and people around the region is critical in the development of our new strategic plan, and there will be plenty of opportunities for such participation.”
The Strategic Planning Team has been appointed by President Schulz and is representative of the various campus constituency groups. The team will provide overarching leadership for the development of the strategic plan and will engage both the campus and North Iowa in developing a vision, mission, core values, and strategic plan for 2018-2023. They will also develop strategic initiatives that will guide NIACC’s success over the next five years. Charlie Schroeder, Humanities faculty member, and Jody East, Continuing Education Director of Sales and Marketing, will co-chair the planning team.
There will be a number of opportunities to provide input and feedback during the strategic planning process. Community meetings will be held in the seven full counties we serve and are expected to begin later this month and continue into February. An online questionnaire will also be available for those who are unable to attend the in-person events.
Following approval by the Board of Trustees, the plan will be implemented in the fall of 2018. According to President Schulz, “As we move into our second 100 years of service to our students and the communities of North Iowa, we look forward to implementing a strategic, forward-looking plan that will allow to us to continue to be the first choice for education in North Iowa and a strong leader and partner in our region.”
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