Planning Process

Planning Process

The 2016-2021 Strategic Plan was created by and represents the intentions of the comprehensive college community in fulfilling Lane’s mission.

College Council, Lane’s major college planning and policy body, oversees the development and updating of the college’s comprehensive strategic plan. During the 2015 and 2016 academic years, College Council, with support from the college’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC), led the work of reviewing and updating Lane’s strategic plan to support new core theme objectives and indicators using the following guiding principles established by the Lane Community College Board of Education:

  • The plan will provide a meaningful framework for focusing and aligning the work of the college over the ensuing five years.
  • The plan will be organized around core themes (essential elements of our mission) and then strategies in support of these themes.
  • Planning efforts will be informed by broad-based input and a diversity of perspectives from throughout the college and the larger community.
  • Data will be transparent and accessible to all faculty, staff and students.
  • All planning efforts will be purposefully and systematically integrated with strategic plan goals and implementation plans, thereby aligning the college’s planning processes across campus.

The planning process commenced in the 2015 academic year, with a dual focus on Lane’s external and internal communities. The board of education hosted a series of Community Conversations to gather feedback from community members in the college’s service district about Lane’s program and services, and to look ahead to determine priorities in education, training and workforce development. Concurrently, the college held a year-long series of Global Conversations to engage Lane’s students, faculty, staff and managers in dialogue around trends in higher education.

In spring 2015, the IEC began the process of developing new core themes that more accurately reflect Lane’s mission. This work continued throughout the summer and fall of 2015, and it included gathering input from across the college through a series of campuswide core theme forums, visits to governance councils, and conversations with peer groups. The IEC and College Council approved the new core themes in November 2015.

The college held facilitated, campuswide planning workshops for each of the four core themes during winter term 2016 so that participants could provide more focused feedback on each theme. Faculty, staff and managers reviewed feedback from community and global conversations, discussed additional internal and external environmental factors, and identified priority actions for the college to achieve core theme objectives. In a parallel effort, the IEC mapped Lane’s 2010-2015 strategic directions to the new core themes to identify areas of alignment and gaps, and to make suggestions for revisions, further adding to the cohesion of the college’s planning processes.

The College Council Planning Subcommittee used the feedback from the planning workshops and IEC to draft new strategic directions, which formed the basis for the college’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan. These drafts were shared with the college community in a new conversation kit format, which fostered multiple, two-way communication and feedback channels. Members of the planning subcommittee again visited governance councils and peer groups to gather feedback, and posted this feedback weekly on the strategic plan conversation website.

During spring 2016, an additional campuswide workshop was held to review feedback and to identify strategies, actionable goals, and outcomes in support of the strategic directions. The planning subcommittee then solicited feedback on plan drafts through drop-in sessions, visits to affinity groups and governance councils, and through the conversation website to ensure that the final strategic plan reflected the maximum input from the college community.

College Council, Planning Subcommittee, and Institutional Effectiveness Committee:

Bob Baldwin, classified union president and purchasing agent; Susan Carkin, Language, Literature and Communication dean; Joseph Colton, Faculty Council chair and Computer Information Technology faculty; Matt Danskine, Information Technology programmer; Sara Fox, project coordinator; Jennifer Frei, College of Arts and Sciences executive dean; Lida Herburger, student success director; Christina Howard, Learning Council chair and Health Professions faculty; Ashley Jackson, student government president; Brian Kelly, College Services vice president; Rosa Lopez, career pathways coordinator; Phil Martinez, Social Science interim dean and faculty; Philos Molina, student advisor; Gary Mort, Science faculty; Michael O’Neal, Food Services manager; Ce Rosenow, Honors Program and special projects faculty coordinator; Tammy Salman, faculty coordinator of student learning, assessment and curriculum development; Jim Salt, faculty union president and Social Science faculty; Mary Spilde, college president; Jennifer Steele, strategic planning and budget officer; Kate Sullivan, Assessment Team chair and Language, Literature and Communication faculty; Jennifer Steele, Institutional Research director; Molloy Wilson, faculty researcher.