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Strategic Plan 2020-2024

 

Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Trustees on 10/5/2020


Mission:

Bristol Community College provides an accessible, innovative and inclusive education that prepares students to navigate and succeed in our ever-changing world.

Vision:

Advancing a vibrant, diverse community through education, learner by learner.

Values:

  • Collaboration
    We are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of professionalism where all stakeholders can share their ideas, work together and support one another in our common goal of student success.
  • Communication
    We openly and honestly share information that impacts our work, include stakeholders in the decision-making process and ensure a collective approach to shared goals that relies on ongoing feedback from students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Inclusion 
    TBD
  • Innovation
    We meet the challenges of today and tomorrow by creating a culture built on creativity, ingenuity and agility, where people are empowered to continuously improve our processes and perspectives to exceed community needs and expectations.
  • Respect
    We treat each other with kindness, assume positive intent and genuinely listen to each other to celebrate our individual differences and foster our collective strengths.
  • Student Success
    We strive to serve our students and support their growth, providing them with equitable access to all services, support and the tools necessary to achieve their personal, professional and educational goals.

Four Key Strategies:

In the Fall of 2019, the Strategic Planning Committee started the development of Bristol’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. After an extensive data collection effort, we started the Spring semester with the Future Summit. Next, we offered two workshops in which participants drafted four strategies:

  1. Academic Innovation
    Advance an engaging holistic teaching and learning environment resulting in a seamless student experience that prepares them to embrace life’s opportunities.
  2. Equity and Student Success
    Take responsibility for the success of our students and employees by improving equity mindedness and ensuring institutional support that closes equity gaps.
  3. Organizational Excellence
    Create a culture of change and innovation through improved processes and collaboration, modern technology and ongoing professional development to support student and employee success.
  4. Partnerships
    Collaborate with educational institutions, industry and community partners to increase educational attainment and support the talent pipeline to enhance opportunities in the region.

 

Student Experience Statement

Created in collaboration with the college community and serving as a reflection of thoughts from our existing student body and staff. Click this link: Student Experience Statement.


AUGUST UPDATE:

A lot has happened since the end of last semester. Here are the latest updates:

Action Planning Workshops:
Action Planning Workshops have been completed. There were eight (8) workshops held in June and July to begin to develop the necessary actions needed to support the objectives for each of the four key strategies. We had approximately 300 attendees participate and received tremendous feedback that we are using to develop the action plans.

Next Steps: We have compiled and analyzed the data provided and are currently developing the actions plans to support each objective as we speak. The initial plans will be submitted to PLT on Monday 8/10 where they will be reviewed and updated. PLT will then begin to identify project leads from the various departments within the college to help manage the objective. Once identified, April Lynch will be following up with the leads to develop the tactical plans that support each action and those tactical plans will then become the work plans that will support our strategic initiatives in the upcoming year.

Values Statements:
The value statements have been created using the feedback provided in our college-wide surveys, as well as through the various workshops. The main key values identified are:
Collaboration, Communication, Respect, Inclusion, Innovation and Student Success.

Opening Day – Thursday 9/3/2020
We will be providing an update as to the status of Bristol’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan on Opening Day. The day is being developed with the strategic plan in mind and will be focused around equity. We plan on having some guided discussions about equity using a guest speaker followed by facilitated workshops. The purpose of the workshops will be the evelopment of specific tools, discussion points and examples that you can use in your everyday work that will help you to identify areas where inequities may exist and provide you with some insights as to how best to address these issues.

During the afternoon, we will have workshops to begin defining the roles of the councils and how their work can best support our strategic plan moving forward. We are looking forward to launching Bristol’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan that we have all been working so hard on. We know that your continued feedback will help to propel these actions forward into our daily work!

Where are we in the Strategic Planning Process?
In the Fall of 2019, the Strategic Planning Committee started the development of Bristol’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. After an extensive data collection effort, we started the Spring semester with the Future Summit. Next, we offered two workshops in which participants drafted four strategies:

  • Organizational Excellence: Create a culture of change and innovation through improved processes and collaboration, modern technology and ongoing professional development to support student and employee success.
  • Equity and Student Success: Take responsibility for the success of our students and employees by improving equity mindedness and ensuring institutional support that closes equity gaps.
  • Partnerships: Collaborate with educational institutions, industry and community partners to increase educational attainment and support the talent pipeline to enhance opportunities in the region.
  • Academic Innovation: Advance an engaging holistic teaching and learning environment resulting in a seamless student experience that prepares them to embrace life’s opportunities.


The purpose of the objectives workshop is to develop draft objectives to support each strategy.

What will be expected during the Objectives Workshop?
After a short introduction and overview, we will divide the participants into breakout groups. Each breakout group will start by reviewing the same strategy. We have drafted some sample objectives for each strategy, and we will ask you to do the following:

  • Identify a Team Captain to coordinate work on objectives and maintain time
  • Identify someone to take notes, recording the objectives developed for this strategy
  • Review the example objectives. Modify, delete, and alter the example objectives.


What will happen next?
The Strategic Planning Faculty fellows will compile all the objectives created for each strategy in your workshop. We will send each participant a short survey where you can provide any additional feedback and prioritize the objectives.
After all objectives workshop are complete (there are eight in total, spanning across two weeks), the Strategic Planning Faculty Fellows will compile all the objectives and feedback provided. Together with the President's Leadership Team, they will review all the work to date and finalize the objectives for the Strategic Plan.

Implementation Workshop with the President's Leadership Team | Monday, April 27

The President's Leadership Team will review some critical factors for a successful implementation of a strategic plan and then discuss how Bristol will ensure those success factors are present at the college. After the workshop, the team will design an implementation process and cycle to ensure ongoing review, planning, and execution to achieve the intended results.  

This is a closed session.


APRIL UPDATE: Strategic Planning Value Survey

Thank you for your participation in the survey, which closed on March 10. The draft values resulting from this survey will be included in the Vision, Mission, Strategies & Values survey which will be available on 4/7/2020.


FEBRUARY UPDATE: Thank you for attending Bristol's Future Summit!

Thank you for joining us for Bristol's Future Summit, which took place on Friday, February 7, 2020 on Bristol's Fall River Campus. We welcomed 160 guests including Bristol faculty, staff and students, as well as

Bristol’s community and industry partners. At the Future Summit we identified impact statements pertaining to the following four topics:

  • Creating a culture of change, collaboration, and innovation
  • Aligning school districts, colleges, and employers for long-term success
  • Maintaining the personal touch in a high-tech learning environment
  • Creating pathways to support enrollment for immigrant, minority, first-generation, and adult students


We will be continuing our work in the coming months through a series of workshops, and we hope you will consider joining us!


NOVEMBER UPDATE: Strategic Plan - Future Summit Topics

On November 4, CampusWorks presented their findings from an environmental scan analysis conducted as part of the strategic planning process. After the presentation, participants were invited to complete a very brief survey to share their thoughts on which topics from the analysis would be most important for Bristol’s internal and external community members to hear more about at the Bristol Future Summit on Friday, February 7, 2020.

This half-day mini-conference will feature speakers and breakout sessions that will help inform our strategic plan. Please consider reading the key findings in the Executive Summary of the report. Bristol Faculty and Staff: You may also view a video of the Environmental Scan presentation by clicking here. (Your Microsoft Office/accessBCC login is required.)

In November, the Strategic Planning Committee completed collecting data needed to start the environmental scan and circulated Bristol’s Student Experience Statement, which was developed with data collected at the various Student Experience Workshops hosted on our campuses on 8/29/2019 and 9/25/2019.


SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER UPDATE: SWOT Analysis Survey - Thank you for your input!

We received 120 responses to the SWOT-survey, which was available to the college community through Tuesday, September 24. The raw data was redacted by CampusWorks to ensure anonymity and the data can be viewed here.

These results will be included in Bristol's Environmental Scan Report, which in turn will identify the themes of Bristol's Future Summit, taking place on February 7. This Environmental Scan presentation will be videotaped and made available to you in November 2019.

 

Bristol Student Experience Workshops – 8/29/2019 & 9/25/2019

Bristol’s Student Experience Workshops were attended by more than 300 students, faculty, and staff on every campus. The data collected during these workshops will result in a Student Experience Statement, which will be made available in November 2019. 

  • Bristol Student Experience Workshops in Fall River - complete
  • Bristol Student Experience Workshops in Taunton - complete
  • Bristol Student Experience Workshops in New Bedford - complete
  • Bristol Student Experience Workshops in Attleboro - complete


Bristol Strategic Planning Focus Groups

The majority of the facilitated focus groups are complete. We will be conducting three more in November and December, please see the schedule below.

The facilitated focus group that are scheduled below are part of the Environmental Scan Data Collection stage of the process. The data which is collected from this Environmental Scan and the SWOT analysis will provide content which we will explore during the future summit taking place on February 7, 2020. 

  • High School Superintendents and Principals Focus Group - complete
  • Legislators Focus Group - complete
  • Bristol Foundation Board Focus Group - complete
  • New Bedford Business Advisory Board Focus Group - complete
  • Attleboro Business Advisory Board Focus Group - complete
  • Civic Engagement/Co-op Advisory Board Focus Group - complete
  • Taunton Business Advisory Board Focus Group - complete
  • Alumni Association Focus Group - complete
  • Staff Senate Focus Group - complete
  • Facilities Staff Focus Group - complete
  • Adjunct Faculty Advisory Board - complete 
  • Taunton ESOL students - complete
  • New Bedford ESL students - complete

Surveys

As part of the environmental scan, we conducted surveys to three of our stakeholders; Bristol’s credit students (315 responses), Bristol’s Workforce Education Institute students (11 responses), and Bristol’s Workforce Education Institute partners (30 responses).  

These surveys are part of the data collected for the Environmental Scan and will be included in the data presentation in November 2019. All data which is collected from the Environmental Scan will provide content which we will explore during the Future Summit. 

A lot has happened since the end of last semester. Here are the latest updates: Action Planning Workshops: Action Planning Workshops have been completed. There were eight (8) workshops held in June and July to begin to develop the necessary actions needed to support the objectives for each of the four key strategies. We had approximately 300 attendees participate and received tremendous feedback that we are using to develop the action plans. Next Steps: We have compiled and analyzed the data provided and are currently developing the actions plans to support each objective as we speak. The initial plans will be submitted to PLT on Monday 8/10 where they will be reviewed and updated. PLT will then begin to identify project leads from the various departments within the college to help manage the objective. Once identified, April Lynch will be following up with the leads to develop the tactical plans that support each action and those tactical plans will then become the work plans that will support our strategic initiatives in the upcoming year. Values Statements: The value statements have been created using the feedback provided in our college-wide surveys, as well as through the various workshops. The main key values identified are: Collaboration, Communication, Respect, Inclusion, Innovation and Student Success. Opening Day – Thursday 9/3/2020 We will be providing an update as to the status of Bristol’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan on Opening Day. The day is being developed with the strategic plan in mind and will be focused around equity. We plan on having some guided discussions about equity using a guest speaker followed by facilitated workshops. The purpose of the workshops will be the development of specific tools, discussion points and examples that you can use in your everyday work that will help you to identify areas where inequities may exist and provide you with some insights as to how best to address these issues. During the afternoon, we will have workshops to begin defining the roles of the councils and how their work can best support our strategic plan moving forward. We are looking forward to launching Bristol’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan that we have all been working so hard on. We know that your continued feedback will help to propel these actions forward into our daily work!