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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.
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.”
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.