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The Merced Community College District's Strategic Plan has been finalized and approved by the Board of Trustees on September 6, 2011. Click the link at the bottom of this page to view a PDF copy of the finialized plan.

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Strategic Planning

 Merced College is embarking on a strategic planning effort that will set the stage of direction for the District for the next several years.  The District is facing some daunting challenges as we look forward to our 50th anniversary in 2012.  We believe that as we engage in the strategic planning process we can reprioritize our activities and efforts by reviewing and updating our vision, mission, goals and objectives.  As we develop our Plan we need to recognize that our time, attention and resources must be used effectively and efficiently if we are to address the challenges we currently face.

 The process we have initiated requires input.  Input from a variety of sources.  The students we serve, the faculty that provide meaningful classroom content, our staff that support the many activities throughout the District, our Board of Trustees that provides us oversight, and the constituents we serve, the communities within and outside our District boundaries.  It is only through your participation that we will develop a strategic plan that enables us to set a direction, a course of action for the next several years.

 Your input to this process is imperative as the product needs to accurately reflect the challenges and concerns we have at all levels.  It is only with your insight that we will move forward together with confidence and assurance in our common outcomes.

Strategic Planning at Merced College
The Who, What, When, Why and Where of the Process.

 What is “strategic” planning?
Strategic planning is a process of gathering evidence and seeking different perspectives in order to ascertain where the institution should be headed, and how it is going to get there.  It takes into consideration economic, geographic and social constructs in which it functions.  The strategic planning process is not static, rather dynamic, iterative and flexible in order to address changes within and outside the institution.  It is “overarching” and looks to the long range nature of planning.  At the end of the process, it provides the basis for the “Strategic Plan” of the institution.  The document developed sets the shared vision and mission for the institution, along with a set of clearly stated goals and key objectives.  More detailed operational objectives are based on the strategic plan.  These operational plans provide more detail along with specific measures or indicators that monitor progress and determine success.

 Why does Merced College need a strategic plan?
It has been some years since Merced College developed a strategic plan.  With challenges at hand we need to take stock of where we are now; reassess our strengths and weaknesses; take stock of how we operate and how we could change over the next few years; and then determine where we want to be in the future and how best we could get there.  This will allow us to manage and allocate resources more effectively and to make key decisions within a clear strategic context.

 Why should I get involved in the strategic planning process at Merced College?
Your input, as a student, faculty or staff member, community member or other interested party, is vital to insure that we address all the issues and challenges that are relevant to the Merced Community College District (MCCD).  Without your input we will be unable to develop a plan that is appropriately representative of the constituencies we serve or reflective of their needs.  It is an opportunity for you to have a voice in the future direction of the Merced Community College District, and we value your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

 Who will be involved in the development of the Merced College strategic plan?
A number of “charrettes” ( – “open forums”) have been planned (see below) where you will have an opportunity to provide input.  We have structured the forum opportunities for the various constituency groups.

 Who will be listening to my input?
An eleven member Strategic Planning Committee will be formed, representing seven constituent groups: students, faculty, staff, management, the District Superintendent/President, Board of Trustees, and community. 

 Who do I contact if I have questions?
First, please contact your area Vice President or the President via phone or email.  You could leave questions on the Merced College Facebook page, or make comments and suggestions.  The page will be regularly viewed.  Additionally, an FAQ (frequently asked questions) web page will be developed as the process unfolds.

 How will the strategic plan be developed?
The Strategic Planning Committee will be reviewing all materials collected during the charrettes and will be synthesizing these materials into a cohesive strategic planning document.

 Where will the all this work take place?
A variety of venues have been identified where the charrettes will be taking place (see schedule below).

 When will the process take place?
Please note the invitee’s for each forum.  Additionally, you may use the electronic charrette option.

Group

Location

Date

Time

Los Banos Campus – all constituents

LB-A-103

10/08/10

1-4 PM

Merced Campus Students

Staff Dining Room

09/16/10

2-4 PM

MCCD Management Team

Staff Dining Room

09/16/10

9 AM-12 PM

Merced Campus Classified Staff

Staff Dining Room

10/13/10,
10/15/10

1-4 PM,
9 AM-12 PM

Merced Campus Faculty

Staff Dining Room

10/13/10,
10/15/10

6-9 PM,
2-5 PM

Community Members

Business Resource Center
630 West 19th Street, Merced
Parking: M and 19th Street

10/14/10

6-9 PM

Board of Trustees

Board Room

10/12/10

6:00pm - 8:00pm

 In addition to the planned forums additional work will be conducted.

Group

Location

Date

Time

Strategic Planning Committee

TBD

Early November

TBD

Follow-up and Facebook input from all stakeholders on draft plan

TBD and Facebook

Tentative Early December

TBD

Draft plan submitted to the Board of Trustees

Board Room

Tentative Early January

TBD

Adoption of Strategic Plan by Board of Trustees

Board Room

Tentative Early February

TBD

  

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