Staff Policy D-502.02
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Operations

Decision Making: Programs and Services

Decision making at Northwestern Michigan College is intended to be aligned with the College’s mission and values and NMC's Strategic Plan. This process is designed to enable informed decison making in stages. At each stage of the process, additional information is called for to address the next level of detail required to support decision making. This approach ensures that the College devotes the appropriate level of resources to investigating program or service concepts. 

This process is utilized by the College when initiating, revising or ending services and programs.

The Decision Making process is divided into four stages:

  • Stage 1: Introduce Idea
  • Stage 2: Conduct Market Research
  • Stage 3: Define Business Models
  • Stage 4: Create Implementation Plan

Each stage requires a decision to be made in order to move forward to a subsequent stage. 


If any provisions(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provisions(s).

Adopted May 8, 2009 replacing D-108.00 (Staff Policy – New Program Proposals) and D-108.01 (Staff Policy – New Program Proposals Process)
Revised September 23, 2014

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