Oct 12, 2012

COA's New Strategic Plan

College of The Albemarle has a new strategic plan to guide the college's future over the next several years. The plan, unanimously approved by Board of Trustees at their October 9th meeting, focuses on six themes – the learning environment, academic excellence, student success, the regional workforce, the community and responsible stewardship.

The strategic plan builds on the college’s new vision, core values, and mission statement that were approved at the Board of Trustees meeting in April, and the strategic directives approved at the board meeting in June.

Over the past year, faculty, staff, and students were invited to contribute to the plan. Focus group meetings were held during the spring semester with academic department and division chairs, administrative unit leaders, and faculty representing the Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Senate Executive Committee and academic program coordinators to discuss the vision, core values, and mission of the college. During these meetings, a wide range of issues relevant to strategic planning were raised. This feedback, along with survey results, program reviews, and regional data, provided a wealth of information to draft a strategic plan. Over the summer, employees and students were asked to review the plan and suggest improvements.

Dr. Eric Lovik, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, coordinated the college’s development of the new strategic plan. "College of The Albemarle has long served the Northeast region of our state. This year we spent considerable time evaluating ourselves, our constituents and their needs, and we developed an innovative, forward-looking plan that will guide us for years to come" said Dr. Lovik.

The strategic plan is available to the public here.

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