Independence Community College (ICC) has appointed 10 individuals to comprise its Strategic Planning Gap Analysis Committee, which plays a key role in determining priority areas to be addressed during the strategic planning process. The committee will be chaired by Strategic Planning Coordinator Brooke Carroll.
“The purpose of the Gap Analysis Committee is to make data-driven decisions about where the biggest gaps lie between what the college is doing to fulfill its mission and what the data shows the outcomes actually are,” said Carroll. “It will then prioritize issues for deeper study by other specialized work groups.”
Those appointed to serve on the Gap Analysis Committee are Norman Chambers and Jana Shaver, both representatives of the ICC Board of Trustees; Tamara Blaes and Brian Southworth, both representing the ICC Faculty; Jim Correll and Joni Pratt, ICC staff employee representatives; Mike O’Malley and Andy McLenon, local community business representatives; and Rusty Arnold, USD 446 Superintendent, representing K-12 education. ICC President Dan Barwick will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. The committee will begin its work this month.
The anticipated six-month planning process is designed to elicit a five-year strategic plan for ICC, as the college’s current strategic plan will end this year. The process is expected to include an initial phase of data gathering from state and federal sources, followed by multiple surveys of students and community members and focus groups conducted in both Independence and Cherryvale. All residents of the ICC taxing district and alumni will have the opportunity to contribute data to the projects as well as serve on specialized work groups.