We have moved to the next phase in its strategic planning process in which work groups will create initiatives in specific areas. Volunteers are needed to work in those groups.
The work groups and their focus areas have been created by the Strategic Planning Gap Analysis Committee, which is a 10-member committee made up of community members, faculty, staff and members of the ICC Board of Trustees. The Gap Analysis Committee is chaired by community member and Strategic Planning Coordinator Mike Thompson. The work groups created are: Academic Excellence, Community Engagement, Economic Development, Cultural and Diversity Excellence, and ICC 2025, which focuses on financial sustainability, funding and development of distinctive programs.
The work groups will complete the majority of their tasks in February. Those interested in serving should e-mail Beverly Harris, clerk of the board of trustees, at , or call Ms. Harris at 620-332-5451.
“The project is on schedule and we’ve had real success getting input from all constituencies,” said Thompson. “The board of trustees determined at the outset of this process that it would be as inclusive as possible, and the high level of participation shows that we’re achieving that objective.”
The six-month planning process, which began in October, is designed to create a five-year strategic plan for ICC. The college’s current strategic plan will end this year. The planning process included an initial phase of data gathering, followed by multiple surveys of students and community members and focus groups conducted in both Independence and Cherryvale. ICC conducted eight listening sessions throughout the community, and received 600 surveys from community members, employees, students and alumni. All residents of the ICC service area and alumni have opportunity to both contribute data to the projects and serve on the specialized work groups.