Core Themes

Core Themes

Lane’s core themes represent the essential elements of our comprehensive mission. In accordance with our accrediting body, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, we have established objectives and indicators of achievement for each core theme to evaluate accomplishment of core theme objectives, and, ultimately, our mission.

Core Theme 1: Responsive Community Engagement

As an engaged member of our community, Lane's programs, services, and activities serve the community's needs.

Objective 1: Lane offers comprehensive programs that support individual and community needs
Objective 2: Lane serves the intellectual and social needs of the community through non-academic programs and services

Core Theme 2: Accessible and Equitable Learning Opportunities

Lane's policies, procedures, programs, and services facilitate open, fair and just educational experiences.

Objective 1: Lane minimizes barriers and maximizes opportunities for diverse student populations

Core Theme 3: Quality Educational Environment

Lane's quality educational environment embraces academic and instructional integrity, relevancy, rigor, innovation and transparency.

Objective 1: Lane employs high-impact practices
Objective 2: Lane faculty and staff regularly engage in professional development
Objective 3: Lane's curricula are designed with intention to support discipline-level/program-level, and college-level outcomes
Objective 4: Lane implements systematic planning, analysis, and coordination of efforts and initiatives that are teaching and learning-focused.

Core Theme 4: Individual Student Achievement

Lane's students advance on their academic paths and reach their educational goals.

Objective 1: Students progress toward their educational objectives
Objective 2: Students complete their educational goals

To learn about how the college developed these themes in winter through summer 2015, please see History page.


Core Theme Teams establish core theme indicators and minimum thresholds for success that provide meaningful, verifiable evidence to determine fulfillment of a core theme objective. The teams determine what evidence is collected to analyze an indicator and ensure that evidence is regularly collected. Upon review of evidence, teams may recommend core them indicator changes with a rationale to the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC), thus ensuring the information is meaningful to inform mission fulfillment and planning.

Core Theme Teams are comprised of key faculty, managers, and classified staff who have relevant impact, interest, and expertise in assessing and improving the college’s core theme indicators and strategic direction measures.

Teams meet at least once a term to 1) review Core Theme and Strategic Direction indicators and measures, 2) discuss and analyze data and summative reports from college initiatives and programs, 3) review and discuss established threshold and benchmark data, and make recommendations, if needed, for improvement or adjustment, and 4) provide feedback to the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and initiative/program leads on the effectiveness and progress of college efforts toward mission fulfillment.

Core Theme Teams submit a narrative report to the IEC with the objectives, indicators, and minimum thresholds for success, as well as the rationale for the selected indicators. Teams will also report on their analysis of achievement and recommendations for improvement of the indicators.

Teams develop and implement communication and outreach plans to engage all college stakeholders to further understanding of core themes and strategic directions and to foster a culture of shared ownership, authority, and accountability.

Core Theme 1:

  • Shara Tscheulin, Dean, Extended Learning (Co-Lead)
  • Gerry Meenaghan, Faculty, Cooperative Education (Co-Lead)
  • Morgan Munroe, Advisor, Business Development Center
  • Anna Scott, Energy Analyst, Facilities Management & Planning
  • Theya Harvey, Program Coordinator, Child & Family Education
  • Christina Walsh, Dean, Student Engagement
  • Deidre Lyons, Advisor, Counseling
  • Anne McGrail, LLC Faculty & APROC Chair
  • John Stark, General Manager, KLCC
  • Jennifer Hayward, Director, Facilities Management & Planning

Core Theme 2:

  • Rosa Lopez, Career Pathways Coordinator, ABSE (Co-Lead)
  • Mary Parthemer, Director, TRiO/TRiO STEM (Co-Lead)
  • Glenda Izumi, Faculty, ABSE/ESL
  • Alyse Stone, Manager, Specialized Support Services
  • Nancy Wood, Faculty, International Programs
  • Anna Gates-Tapia, Dean, English as a Second Language
  • Beth Brooks, Director, Senior Companion Program
  • Claudia Riumallo, Academic Advisor

Core Theme 3:

  • Tammy Salman, Faculty, Student Learning Assessment & Curriculum Coordinator (Co-Lead)
  • Ian Coronado, Dean, Academic Technology (Co-Lead)
  • Tammie Stark, Academic Program Review Project Coordinator
  • Dennis Gilbert, Faculty, Physics
  • Marsha Sills, Project Specialist, Professional & Organizational Development
  • Christina Howard, Faculty, Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Liz Coleman, Faculty, Tutoring Services

Core Theme 4:

  • Vicki Trier, Executive Dean, School of Professional & Technical Careers (Co-Lead)
  • Daniel Harbowy, Faculty, Mathematics (Co-Chair)
  • Nancy Wood, International Programs & Faculty, English as a Second Language
  • Marleena Pearson, Administrative Specialist, Health Professions
  • Grant Matthews, Dean, Adult Basic & Secondary Education
  • Tammy Burbee, Administrative Support, Health Professions