The planning process at MCC includes both a strategic planning cycle and an until level plan. The planning process at MCC is designed to facilitate informed decision making. Planning is an activity that is performed at multiple levels within the College. The Department of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning works with MCC administration and faculty to coordinate planning efforts. The planning process is illustrated below.
The process is divided on the basis of time. The strategic planning element of the process is performed every 5 years. All other planning activities occur anually according to the planning calendar.
The strategic planning process includes four elements: environmental scan, review of campus mission, review and development of strategic goals, and review of annual priorities.
- Environmental Scan
An environmental scan is conducted every five years to identify critical factors that may influence the development and implementation of the campus mission and the accompanying strategic goals. The environmental scan involves the collection and analysis of data from both external and internal sources. A variety of data collection methods are used to obtain data from the external community (e.g., community surveys.) To assess the internal environment, a carefully constructed climate survey is administered to all areas of the college. The data resulting from both sources is used to develop strategic goals and objectives and to promote informed decision-making at all levels.
- Mission Review
The college mission is reviewed every five years based on the results of the environmental scan and on the institutional effectiveness data. The data are reviewed and summarized by the Strategic Planning Committee. The committee submits proposed changes to all departments for review. The committee incorporates comments and suggestions received from the different departments before recommending specific changes to the College mission. All proposed changes require the approval of the Board of Trustees and the President.
- Development of Strategic Goals and Objectives
The Strategic Planning Committee coordinates the development of specific goals and objectives to allow the campus to accomplish its mission. The goals and objectives include measurable outcomes that are used to determine progress toward fulfillment of the college mission and toward the priority initiatives. The committee uses departmental goals and objectives, institutional effectiveness data, data from the environmental scan, and other institutional data to develop strategic goals and objectives. The proposed strategic plan is submitted to all campus leaders for comment and review. The committee incorporates comments and suggestions and submits a final proposal to the Board of Trustees and President for approval.
- Annual Planning Activities
Details and reminders concerning the planning cycle are distributed electronically to all campus leaders. The schedule integrates the planning process and the budgeting process. Both activities are considered part of the overall planning process.
- Role of the Department of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning
The Department of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning works with the campus leaders to facilitate the planning process. The department is responsible for coordinating institutional planning activities. However, responsibility for ensuring that planning activities are conducted according to the specified guidelines resides with all campus leaders.