Strategic Plan | 2020-2023
The strategic plan, developed in 2015 with input from a wide variety of internal and external constituents, has become an integral part of how St. Louis Community College operates. The plan guided us through achieving major projects such as redesigning developmental education, establishing the online college, improving operations, and most importantly, enhancing our students’ experience. The strategic plan also guides day-to-day operations such as budgeting and performance evaluations. As a result, the strategic plan is now a living document embedded in all aspects of St. Louis Community College’s operations.
The 2020-2023 Strategic Plan was also developed with input from internal and external college community members. It continues some multiyear projects from the previous plan and includes several new ones designed to continuously improve the student experience. Ongoing projects like sound fiscal management are especially critical in the current global environment. New projects such as implementing a student app and streamlining the entire student entry process will help us serve students better. Other new projects, including the strategic facilities plan, will help us maximize the College’s resources and help us respond to student and community needs. As part of our process to build out the 2023 Strategic Plan, we also revisited and refreshed our mission, vision, and core values statements.
The following illustrates the high-level aspects of the plan including the vision, mission, core values, strategic themes, and broad goals for the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. I would like to thank all our students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community members who contributed to our Strategic Plan, and I invite you to stay engaged with us in the years ahead.
Jeff L. Pittman, Ph.D., Chancellor
Empowering students. Expanding minds. Changing lives.
St. Louis Community College will be a national leader and model institution for inclusive and transformative education that strengthens the communities we serve through the success of our students.
▶ Students First
Everything we do supports student success and removes barriers.
▶ Respect for All
We promote equitable treatment and respectful discourse in all interactions with students, each other, and the community.
We act with honesty, trustworthiness, and ethical behavior.
Working collectively, we achieve more than working individually or within separate groups.
▶ Data Informed
We make decisions in the best interests of students and the institution based on reliable data.
2020 - 2023 Strategic Plan Themes
1. PREMIER STUDENT EXPERIENCE
- Provide academic experiences designed to prepare students for success in their chosen field of study.
- Provide students with outstanding support services.
- Remove barriers to equitable student access and success.
2. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
- Attract and work with diverse external partners to address the needs of the communities we serve.
- Effectively promote student, employer, and community successes.
- Offer excellent lifelong learning, worker training, and pre-employment training opportunities.
3. EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION
- Create an environment that allows for diverse opinions and perspectives.
- Increase equity in student success.
- Recruit and retain employees at all levels who better reflect the diversity of the St. Louis region.
- Continue to develop an atmosphere of diversity, civility, and respect.
4. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
- Ensure organizational excellence using fiscal responsibility and data.
- Continue to cultivate relationships with external partners and officials.
- Maximize effective use of technology to provide supportive systems for students and employees.
- Develop a long-term facilities plan to strategically meet the future needs of the market and community.
Key Performance Indicators
Persistence Rate/ Graduation Rate
Persistence and graduation rates are good indicators of students’ belief that they are receiving an education that meets their goals.
Course Success Rates
Student pass rates for courses can be used to continuously improve instruction, even if success rates are already high.
Procurement of Goods & Services from MBE & WBE Organizations
We strive to ensure that minority and women business enterprises have opportunities to bid on and fulfill contracts with the College.
Employee Equity Training
The Board raised the visibility of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the strategic plan. This KPI tracks progress toward goals for training completed.
Strategic Facilities Plan
Assess our current aging facilities, along with future trends in higher education and the marketplace, and develop a plan to optimize facilities usage.
STLCC Workforce Diversity
An annual report on the diversity of our workforce will be used to generate projects aimed at aligning STLCC’s workforce diversity with that of the region.
Student Climate Survey
The best way to provide academic and support services that students value is to ask how we can help them to be successful.
Employee Climate Survey
Our employees are a key to our success, and we want to know their ideas on how best to serve students and to continue the College’s successes.