Six months ago, Craven Community College (Craven CC) board of trustees (BOT), executive leadership team (ELT) faculty and staff embarked on a strategic planning process over a six-month period. The last such effort was in 2010. The purpose of the strategic plan is to communicate the institution’s shared vision, along with priorities, goals and initiatives the college will be working on over the next five years.
Faculty and staff met within their departments, facilitated by their supervisors, to answer the question, “How would I like to see Craven Community College in five years?” The college’s ELT then went through a process to group employees’ ideas by similarity, resulting in 10 themes.
Craven CC’s BOT simultaneously and independently went through a similar planning exercise. “It was amazing and gratifying that college’s employees and trustees brought forward the same themes,” said Dr. Ray Staats, Craven CC president.
Craven CC’s ELT worked to further distill the ideas and group them into four themes: Teaching and Learning, Student-Centered Experience, College Environment, and Community Service and Engagement.
Some of the goals under Teaching and Learning include, conducting high quality and rigorous programs that are current and relevant to our community needs, constructing the new STEM education building in Havelock, and opening the new Workforce Development center on First Street in New Bern.
In order to achieve Student-Centered Experience, the college has goals such as improving student retention and completion, and constructing the “First Stop,” which will streamline and improve the admissions process for new students.
Goals under the College Environment category include maintaining a culture of college-wide shared commitment to teaching and learning, and sustaining the college as a great place to work and learn.
Community Service and Engagement goals include significantly increase the Foundation endowment, demonstrate engagement and commitment across community constituencies, and engage local and state leaders.
Capping off the strategic process, the ELT developed a vision statement for the college, “We are Craven County’s first choice for teaching and learning.” According to Staats, the vision statement is concise, explainable, and will be use to guide our decision-making. “Our goal is for each college employee to be able to internalize how their personal efforts contribute towards achieving the vision,” he said.
Cyndi Bellacero, Craven CC’s executive director of Institutional Effectiveness, “Our new vision means that we are striving for excellence that is recognized in our community.”
“To me, the vision will allow high school juniors and seniors to look at Craven as an option because we have some of the top students in Craven County,” said Kate Amerson, history faculty.
The 2017-2022 strategy and vision statement was adopted by the BOT in January and is now being put into action.
To view this strategic plan, visit the college’s website at www.cravencc.edu/strategy2017.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.