Strategic Plan

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. 

Please Share Your Perspective 

Sign Up for a Feedback Session!

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 be.  

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.

  • Appreciative Interviews

    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. 

  • Listening sessions

    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. 

  • Strategic Plan

    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.

Strategic Plan

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