In 1997, the Collegeís Executive Committee approved the MDC Strategic
Plan. This Plan reflected two years
of discussion and input by College personnel and was approved by the Executive
Committee and the District Board of Trustees.
Several steps were taken as part of the Strategic Planning process.
The first step taken was to solicit
input from College personnel regarding the identification of critical issues.
These critical issues, which became the District Presidentís Work Plan,
were identified: Institutional Morale/Communication, Funding, Technology,
Occupational Training and Organizational Re-engineering.
The second step was the development
of the Vision Statement. The Vision
Statement was written at a retreat held for senior managers and articulates the
commitment to developing satisfied, well prepared students; empowered employees;
a supportive community and the effective use of resources.
Using the College Mission Statement (rewritten during the SACS Self-Study and approved by the District Board of Trustees) and the Vision Statement, eight Strategic Goals were identified. Objectives were developed from the initiatives identified in the first and second steps and were linked to the Strategic Goals. Outcome measures (specific criteria to measure achievement) were developed using State Accountability measures and were linked to the objectives.
The College-wide Technology Committee, and the Re-engineering and
Education Review projects began to implement the District Presidentís Work
Plan, the Vision Statement and Goals. This
was step three in the development of the
Strategic Plan. The Technology Committee was charged with developing a Master
Plan to provide appropriate technology tools to students, faculty and staff.
The Re-engineering Project reviewed the areas of Human Resource
Development, Planning and Budgeting, and Facilities Maintenance.
The Education Review project, building on the recommendations from the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Self-Study, focused upon
Transfer Preparation, Occupational Education and Student Flow.
These initiatives were undertaken to address issues identified in steps
one and two.
In addition to these college-wide plans, campuses and District areas
began holding meetings to develop goals and performance measures.
The MDC Strategic Plan was developed to formalize these initiatives and
incorporate campus and college objectives.
The Executive Committee approved this plan in Spring, 1997.
The MDC Strategic Plan was developed to formalize these initiatives and incorporate campus and college objectives. The Executive Committee approved this plan in Spring, 1997.