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Status Update

Fall 2021: College work teams are now revising and updating college values and strategic priorities, informed by the data collected in a robust community engagement process involving all college stakeholders during spring and summer. Get involved here!

Our Purpose

  • Refocus our energies and resources for the next three calendar years
  • Leverage our past successes to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead
  • Answer: Who are we? What do we want to become? How do we achieve our desired future state?

Plan Process

  • Reassess the college’s mission, vision and values.
  • Clarify assumptions about the environment and scenarios that will shape the college's future actions. Specifically:
    • Gather and analyze quantitative data
    • Scan NMC's operating environment through document review, interviews, focus groups and surveys
    • Facilitate steering committee meetings, focus groups and other meetings

The Outcome

  • Reaffirm the college's Mission statement, Vision and Values
  • Articulate and affirm the college's current state
  • Conduct scenario planning based on internal and/or external environmental conditions
  • Define the college's desired future state
  • Outline strategic directions that include a three-year timeframe, 2022–2025
  • Set strategic goals for the institution
  • Develop strategies to meet established goals
  • Identify key performance indicators and targets

Our Planning Partner

CampusWorks Inc. has over 20 years of experience providing educational leadership and advisory services to higher education. CampusWorks was chosen for their experience with dozens of other community colleges, a robust process for inclusion of all stakeholder groups, their willingness to adapt to NMC’s culture and community engagement needs and their student-focused philosophy. Dr. Chrissy Coley, Portfolio Executive Leader, and Dr. Kevin David, Portfolio Director, serve as NMC's primary consulting team members.

Upcoming Strategic Planning Events

Events open to the general public are indicated by a star (★). Note that some events are limited to specific stakeholder groups, more events will be added as the strategic planning process progresses, and Zoom meeting links will be added to public events when available. Please email strategic-planning@nmc.edu with questions and to provide ideas and feedback.

  • NMC Action Planning Workshop #2 — Friday, Dec. 3, Noon–3 p.m.

    • NMC Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Objectives Team

  • ★  Monday, Nov. 22 Board of Trustees Meeting

    • Strategic Planning update

Past Strategic Planning Events

  • Trends in Higher Education Workshop – Monday, April 5, 2:30–4 p.m.

    • Planning partner CampusWorks introduce and lead a discussion on trends in higher education, identifying themes related to enrollment, student success, technology, and accountability that can support institutional transformational objectives. This session acts as a primer to assist faculty, staff, and administration in embracing the redefining of the student experience by challenging them to embrace the possibility of new models of services. This workshop will be offered to a representative audience at the College, including leadership, faculty and staff.
  •  Strategic Planning Kickoff with Board of Trustees – Tuesday, April 6, 5:30–7 p.m.

    • Presentation by CampusWorks consultants
  • Student Experience Workshop – Friday, April 16, 9 a.m.–Noon

    • This interactive workshop with NMC students is designed to develop the future definition of the student experience at NMC. The outcome will be a succinct and motivational document that articulates a vision for the student experience. The proposed learner experience statement will be presented to the President’s Council and Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) for review and approval. The final document will serve as a guiding document for the subsequent strategic planning activities, ensuring alignment between institutional priorities and the ideal student experience at NMC.
  • NMC Staff Strategic Planning Focus Group #1 – Wednesday, April 28, Noon–1:30 p.m.

  • NMC Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Work Team Joint Meeting – Thursday, May 6, 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • NMC Staff Strategic Planning Focus Group #2 – Thursday, May 6, 3:30–5 p.m.

  •  Special Board of Trustees virtual meeting – Tuesday, MAY 11, 2–5 P.M.

  •  Community Public Input Meeting – Wednesday, May 26, 3:30–5 p.m.

    • NMC Employees, Students and Community Partners
  •   Future Summit – Wednesday, June 23, 1–5 p.m.

    • Thank you for adding your voice to the critical conversation about the future of your community college. The Future Summit is the signature event in NMC's strategic planning efforts that began earlier this year. Learn more here .
  • Opening Conference & Strategic Planning Updates – Monday, Aug. 23, via Zoom

    • NMC Employees
  • Scan to Plan Workshop (Strategy Workshop #1) – Tuesday, Aug. 24, via Zoom

    • NMC Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Work Team
  • Advancing Strategies Workshop (Strategy Workshop #2) – Wednesday, Sept. 15, via Zoom

    • NMC Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Work Team
  • Values Workshop – Week of Sept. 13, via Zoom

    • All NMC Employees Invited
  • Sept 28–Oct. 3:

    • Employees complete a survey on the draft mission, vision, values and strategies

  • Objective Workshop #1 – Friday, Oct. 22, via Zoom

    • NMC Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Work and Management Teams
  • ★ Monday, Oct. 25 Board of Trustees Meeting

    • Board reviews strategies approved by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee

  • NMC Student Feedback Session – Monday, Nov. 1, 5–6:30 p.m., via Zoom

    • NMC Students
  • NMC Employee Feedback Session – Tuesday, Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., via Zoom

    • NMC Employees
  • Community Feedback Session – Wednesday, Nov. 3, 3–4:30 p.m., via Zoom

    • NMC Community Members
  • Objective Workshop #2 – Friday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., via Zoom

    • NMC Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Work and Management Teams
  • Implementation Workshop – Tuesday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.–Noon, via Zoom

    • NMC President and Strategic Planning Steering Committee
  • NMC Action Planning Workshop #1 — Friday, NOV. 19, Noon–3 p.m.

    • NMC Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Objectives Team


    To ask questions, or to provide ideas and feedback, please email strategic-planning@nmc.edu.

    Timeline

     Task 

     Date 

    Consultant RFP and Selection

    Jan.–Feb. 2021

    Community Engagement Process

    March–Sept. 2021

    Share Draft Plan and Solicit Feedback

    Oct. 2021

    Share Final Plan

    Nov. 2021

    Board Approval

    Dec. 2021

    Begin Operational Planning

    Jan. 2022


    Documents

    Learner Experience Statement


    Updates


    Steering Committee

    • Bailey, Ed — Staff
    • Balbach, Lisa — Faculty
    • Bott, Chris — Board of Trustees
    • Cook, Vicki — President's Council
    • Cotto, Marguerite — President's Council
    • Evans, Joy — President's Council
    • Everest, Brandon — Faculty
    • Fairbanks, Diana — President's Council
    • Gorton, Holly — President's Council
    • Gustafson, Terri — Staff
    • Hadley, Craig — Staff
    • Jenkins, Tony — Faculty
    • Johnson, Rachel — Board of Trustees
    • Kierczynski, Troy — Staff
    • Liebling, Mark — President's Council
    • Lively, Janet —  Faculty
    • Marsh, Amber — Student
    • Marsh Jr., Bill — NMC Foundation
    • Metiva, Allison — Alumni
    • Moritz, Lynne — Administrative Support
    • Neibauer, Todd — President's Council
    • Nissley, Nick — President's Council
    • Siciliano, Stephen — President's Council
    • Teahen, Rebecca — President's Council
    • Thomas, Lisa — Staff
    • Wangler, Sarah — Faculty

    In the News

    What Might NMC Of 2025 Look Like?

    THE TICKER
    May 7, 2021

    NMC strategic planning effort kicks off

    TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
    April 1, 2021

    NMC hires consultant for strategic planning

    TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE
    February 25, 2021