Strategic Plan

Let's Co-Create CBC's 2021-2024 Strategic Plan

Columbia Basin College's Equity-Centered Strategic Planning Committee is designing a new strategic plan with 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. If you have questions, please contact Melissa McBurney at mmcburneyFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN

Please Share Your Perspective 

From March 10 to 19 we held over 50 interviews with faculty, staff, students and community members. If you didn’t have a chance to participate in a session or you did but have more to share, please complete the feedback form.

Feedback Form

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. Your comments and suggestions will be included in a workshop on April 9 in which the Equity-Centered Strategic Planning Committee will use the interviews, feedback and other information about the College to develop the goals and objectives for the next three years. Thank you for taking part in this process.

“To listen is to lean in softly with a willingness to be changed by what we hear.”

Mark Nepo

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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