Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Our top strategic priorities for 2012/2013

Every year since we launched Pathways to Success [PDF], the Douglas College Strategic Plan, with its six major themes, we’ve established a list of the top priority themes for the year.

For the 2012/2013 academic year, the top priorities are:

  • Learner Pathways
  • Superior Teaching Quality
  • Engagement – with students, employees and the wider community.

Examples of initiatives in each of those priority areas are provided on the Vision 2015 website.

In the coming days, I and some of our senior leaders will blog with more specific ideas on where we’re headed in each of those areas.

And this fall we’ll host town hall discussions on student, employee and community engagement. Watch for an invitation to those events soon, and please plan to attend — your input is essential.

Our focused approach to strategic planning is working. A summary of our achievements is provided in our Strategic Plan “mid-term review” [PDF], which was published this summer.

We’ve made huge strides in Learner Pathways.

New survey data shows awareness of and the reputation of Douglas is increasing.

And we’ve definitely turned the corner on enrollment, with a record number of students this fall, up 5.6% year over year. We also have 1,168 international students, an increase of 20% year over year.

Douglas International is one functional unit among several at Douglas that is performing at an extremely high level and is the envy of the PSI sector in BC.

Campus Life, Finance, our Libraries, and Marketing are among our other high performing areas. Their outstanding work inspires us to talk about how we can make EVERY functional unit the envy of BC.

We’ve got some ways to go, but we’re moving forward, and we’re having fun!

I want to thank everyone for their hard work and engagement with our strategic plan and its goals.

If particular, I want to thank everyone in our Child, Family and Community Studies faculty for their tremendous teamwork and cooperation to complete the first phase of the move to Coquitlam.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on our strategic direction and related educational matters, drop by during my open office hours tomorrow, Thursday, September 27, from 2-3pm at Coquitlam Campus.

--Scott

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