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 Midland College

2015 – 2016 Strategic Goals and Objectives

In an article for Full Circle, I spoke of our student success agenda to refer to the work we need to do to improve student retention and success.  I also talked about this being a process that would take time to develop and implement.

Progress has come slowly, but I am very proud of the work we have done.  We have analyzed the barriers and counterproductive policies that reduce student retention and success, and we are redesigning processes for admissions, advising, and degree pathway planning.  We are updating the College Catalog to be an honest tool for students to use to make effective decisions. Ditto for the web page.

For the first time since we started the conversation about student success, we are turning the ship and steaming in the right direction.  Our Strategic Goals and Objectives provide the focus we need for every department, program and unit of the college to formulate action plans and to be accountable for our future success.

Let’s roll up our sleeves, work hard, work smart, and work as a team to improve student retention and success and to better serve our community. 

Thank you,
Steve Thomas

STRATEGIC GOAL 1: Outreach: Increase participation in college programs, and professional and personal enrichment opportunities.

Strategic Objective 1.1:  Reach the first target of the 5-yr enrollment plan.


STRATEGIC GOAL 2: Student Success: Increase the rate and number of students reaching educational milestones, by designing and implementing pathways to success in programs, services, and policies.

Strategic Objective 2.1: Improve fall-to-fall and fall-to-spring retention of credential-seeking students.

Strategic Objective 2.2: Improve the effectiveness of college readiness programs.

Strategic Objective 2.3: Implement a comprehensive advising and mentoring system.


STRATEGIC GOAL 3: College Engagement: Engage the college community in fulfilling the mission.

Strategic Objective 3.1: Establish effective open, multi-directional communication.

Strategic Objective 3.2: Infuse mission and core values into hiring processes, professional development, and evaluation processes.

Strategic Objective 3.3: Create opportunities for mission-based growth and development at all levels.


STRATEGIC GOAL 4: Resource Excellence: Develop or acquire physical, fiscal, human and technological resources and innovative practices.

Strategic Objective 4.1: Analyze administrative computing system needs and select, install and deploy a new system.

Strategic Objective 4.2: Create a new website consistent with outreach and student success priorities.  

Strategic Objective 4.3: Assist employees in performing their duties through effective orientation and training.


OPERATIONAL GOALS: Maintain functional infrastructure, effective work practices, and policies.

Operational Objective 1: Stewardship – Demonstrate responsible use of all institutional resources.

Operational Objective 2: Operational Efficiency – Continuously improve processes and procedures to maximize effectiveness, and allocate resources based on institutional priorities.

Operational Objective 3: Financial Health – Sustain a strong financial position.

Operational Objective 4: Physical Facilities and Technology Infrastructure – Support the college’s programs through the maintenance of physical facilities and provision of up-to-date technology infrastructure.

Operational Objective 5: Safety and Security – Maintain the safety and security of all MC campuses.

Operational Objective 6: Human Resources – Recruit, employ, develop and retain employees that complement the college’s vision, mission, and values.

Operational Objective 7: Community Engagement – Provide services, programs and activities that responsive to the needs of the community.