The WCJC Strategic Plan Refresh 2016-2020 serves as the overarching guide through which the mission, vision, and goals of the institution may be accomplished. Developed through broad-based collaboration among faculty, staff, administration, Trustees, and community stakeholders, the Strategic Plan Refresh provides a set of institutional goals which represent WCJC's key priorities:
- Ensuring Student Success
- Alignment of Educational Programs
- Investment in Facilities and Organization
- Increasing Enrollment and Retention
In addition, a set of actionable strategies and key performance indicators were developed to allow for the institution to monitor progress toward these overarching goals and ensure the alignment of institutional efforts toward the fulfillment of the WCJC mission. A key tenet of the development of the plan was the recognition that it serves as a "living" document which can be modified, as needed, based on the review of institutional results related to each of the strategies.
In order to develop a comprehensive, institutional strategic plan, WCJC administration engaged key stakeholders from across the institution and engaged in a series of planning sessions based on best practices. The following is a brief overview of the methods and data that were used in the planning process to ensure broad-based engagement and data-driven decision-making.
Presentations given to the WCJC Board of Trustees and WCJC Executive Cabinet provide an overview of the strategic planning process engaged in by the institution
in the development of the WCJC Strategic Plan Refresh.
WCJC follows a distinct set of Planning Assumptions that guide strategic planning efforts by making explicit statements about the internal and external realities that WCJC faces. These are factors that are may affect WCJC’s ability to succeed and must be continuously monitored. As the results of the WCJC Strategic Plan unfold, it will be critical to adjust the institutional planning assumptions to account for changes in the environment surrounding the institution.
WCJC Board or Trustees Strategic Planning Retreats
Since Fall 2013, the WCJC Board of Trustees have conducted regular strategic planning retreats to identify priorities and monitor the results of the WCJC Strategic Plan. The BOT Strategic Planning Retreat Summary provides an overview of the four most recent retreats and the priorities identified by the Board, specifically with regard to the opportunities that exist for WCJC in Fort Bend County.
In preparation for the Strategic Plan Refresh, WCJC conducted a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Analysis, led by Dr. Rick Voorhees . The analysis was based off of information gathered through an institutional survey. The SWOT Summary Report identifies all the issues expressed in the survey responses and describes them by topic as key findings. True to our promise of protecting the identity of all respondents, no direct quotes are used in the summary report.
As part of the refresh process, an environmental scan was conducted to ensure that implications to the WCJC service area and surrounding counties were considered during the strategic development process. The Environmental Scan was designed to provide an in-depth overview of the challenges faced by residents of WCJC’s service area. The scan consisted of national, state and service area data, including demographic trends, employment levels, economic data, resident educational levels, high school graduation and matriculation rates, emerging educational technologies and innovations in higher education.
Institutional Data Report
In addition to the SWOT Analysis and the Environmental Scan, institutional data served as the foundation for the development of the WCJC Strategic Plan Refresh. The Institutional Data Report contains quantitative data on student demographics, enrollment, college-going rates from area high schools, financial aid and cost of attendance, developmental education, certificates and degrees, student retention, employee characteristics, revenue and expenditures, instructional programs, and various student success measures.