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We Need Your Voice: Help Shape CBC’s 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan
Columbia Basin College is designing a new strategic plan and we want to hear from
all members of our campus and regional communities. We want to dream together to create
a plan for the next three years that will help CBC fulfill its mission of student
success. This plan will center equity to ensure all students are successful. Whether
you’re a student, staff member, faculty, or a community member, please consider adding
your voice to this process.
Now is your chance to be part of the strategic planning process by joining a feedback
session. These are 2-hour conversations where you have the opportunity to reflect
on your own experience at CBC. Share, from your perspective, what is working well.
Help us identify challenges and bring forward your ideas to make CBC the best it can
To ensure a full and free discussion representing all of our community, CBC is organizing
a series of these discussions as safe spaces for participants who share aspects of
their identity. We’re calling these sessions “affinity group” discussions. These affinity
groups may be organized by race, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality
and more. We recognize that students, staff and faculty and community members from
groups who are historically and currently most marginalized may want to have their
own space in which to share their experiences. For both the open and the affinity
group sessions, there will be 4 to 6 people participating.
After you select a date and time, please write it down for your records. You will
then be contacted by email by your group’s facilitator with more details about the
session and a Zoom link for you to participate. Space is limited for each session.
Your perspective is important and we need your voice to ensure that CBC’s Strategic
Plan reflects the diversity of its students, faculty and staff.
Elements of the Planning Process
An environmental scan
Process that systematically analyzes and interprets relevant data to identity external
opportunities as well as internal strengths that could influence future decisions.
Open feedback sessions where any member of the CBC community and external stakeholders
can join with others to dialogue about the current state of CBC from their perspectives
and share ideas for the college’s future. As part of the commitment to centering equity,
there will also be opportunities for members of affinity groups (those who share identities
around race, gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, etc.) to come together for dialogue.
Interviews with existing committees and leadership groups to gain their input about
CBC’s future strategic priorities.
SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results)
Based on the valuable input from the community via the appreciative interviews and
listening sessions, as well as the analysis from the environmental scan, the Strategic
Planning Committee (working in smaller groups called Design Teams) will dive into
the data and begin to sort it into proposed themes and priorities.
The SOAR analysis will allow the Committee to develop a draft strategic plan, which
will be shared with the campus community to gain additional feedback and ideas. The
final plan will be voted on by the Board of Trustees and, together, with an associated
Implementation Plan (outlining responsibilities, timeline, success metrics and resources)
will guide CBC for the next three years.
CBC plans to finalize and implement the new Strategic Plan in summer 2021!
2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan
At Columbia Basin College (CBC), student success comes first. We demonstrate commitment
to success, access and equity by focusing on retention and completion; being a national
leader in innovative student learning approaches and outcomes; and providing a welcoming
environment with engaged peers, faculty and staff. With effective strategic planning,
we prioritize student needs, a reflection of our student-centered mission and vision.