Creating Better Roadmaps
When you work in an institution as complex as a community college, it's easy to get mired in the day to day. The urgent always shines brightly for our attention. But it's important, every once in a while, to take a big step back and look at your institution holistically.
At Pikes Peak Community College, we create a new strategic plan every five years. Keeping in mind our central vision, dedicating ourselves first and foremost to student success, we look at the evolving landscapes in education and the workforce to create new roadmaps with goals and tactics of how best to achieve that success. We draft these plans to closely align with the strategic plans of the Colorado Community College System, which governs Pikes Peak and the 12 other Colorado community colleges.
Our current strategic plan, Destination 2022, is coming to a close, and so we are developing a new strategic plan to take us forward over the next 5 years. That effort will be led the Core Strategy Team, a group of faculty and staff from across the College.
Members of the Core Strategy Team (CST):
- Cristal Breitbeil from Accounting
- Kristy Callihan from Communication
- Kristina Charfauros from Student Life
- Herman Crawford from Hospitality
- Jason Dias from Psychology
- Patricia Diawara from IE
- Warren Epstein from Communications
- Erica Fuller from Enrollment
- Tiko Hardy from Equity/Inclusion
- Fran Hetrick from CHTS
- Kevin Hudgens from Enrollment
- Rob Hudson from BPS
- Kris Johnson from NPS
- Tom Lovell from English
- Jim Mancall from Strat. Initiatives
- Evy McUmber from Chemistry
- Tamara Moore from Consultant
- Nichole Moore from Nursing
- Deidre Schoolcraft from Faculty Senate
- Alberto Teixeira from Budget/Finance
- Krista Wallace from Advising
The CST has broken up into 5 small working groups dedicated to broad areas of concern:
- Assessment/Data/Administrative Processes
- Employee Environment
- Equity and Inclusion
As planning proceeds, these groups may evolve, refining or reframing their emphases.
The first step in the strategic planning process is gathering information about what PPCC community members are thinking about and are concerned about: what are we doing well, what do need to change or improve, what opportunities and challenges lie ahead.
Toward that end, the CST has begun conducting listening sessions with groups across campus. After the spring semester begins, we’ll schedule broader sessions for faculty, staff, students, and community members. As we firm up dates and times, invitations will be sent out. (The listening sessions will be a mix of in-person and virtual, as conditions permit).
Listening sessions will continue through mid-March, at which point, the CST will synthesize the themes articulated so far, and share those with the broader community for feedback.
In addition to the listening sessions, the CST is creating a survey that will go out to the entire PPCC community. This will give anyone who either can’t make a listening session or prefers to complete the survey a chance to articulate their ideas and concerns.
Strategic Planning Timeline:
Our rough timeline for the strategic planning process is as follows:
The CST reviews and synthesizes the themes articulated in the listening sessions.
Working groups present strategic themes to PPCC community for feedback
Return to working groups, revising focus and membership as needed
Late Spring/Early Summer 2022:
Draft strategic plan published
Solicit feedback on draft
Early Fall 2022:
Publish final strategic plan
Questions? Ideas? Suggestions? Please contact Jim Mancall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students succeed at PPCC
Our mission statement closely mirrors the statutory role and mission set forth in Colorado Revised Statutes § 23-60-201.
Our mission is to provide high quality educational opportunities to all with a focus on student success and community needs, including:
- Occupational programs, including certificates, associate and bachelor degrees, for youth and adults in career and technical fields;
- Two-year transfer educational programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities; and
- A broad range of personal, career, and technical education for adults.
You can find our state system's mission statement here.
We value a community built on learning, mutual respect, and diversity.
We Demonstrate These Values in the Following Ways:
- Teaching and Learning: Our primary commitment is to student learning, success, and achievement, while promoting open and universal access to an affordable education and affirming the importance of our facilities and learning environments.
- Mutual Respect and Accountability: Because people are our greatest resource, we foster a culture rooted in civility, mutual trust, and support, and hold ourselves accountable for our decisions and actions.
- Community and Diversity: We engage and support our community while embracing diversity, as it enriches lives and educational experiences.