The Road to a Good Plan

At the first meeting of the Strategic Plan Update Task Force we asked the members to share their experience with a “plan that worked”. Members shared a lot of examples of personal plans that they had made and what aspects worked well for them.  Although it was not initially our goal to record this information (we really just wanted to use it as an icebreaker), it really generated a great list of components of any good planning efforts.  Below is a list of some of the key components I was able to distill from the discussion.  My hope is that we can learn from them and use them to help guide our future planning efforts.  Please feel free to comment if there is something that I have missed.

Good planning should:

  • Be done in “bite-sized” pieces that (if necessary) increase in complexity through time
  • Be consistent and follow agreed upon “rules”
  • Have specific goals in mind
  • Have realistic timelines, but also be flexible to allow for adaption to change
  • Be developed in context with the environment/community in which they exist
  • Focus on what needs to get done
  • Leave room for uncertainty
  • Recognize and incorporate physical and personal connections with related plans and people
  • Incorporate reminders and a physical component (its not all mental)
  • Involve teamwork

Thanks everyone for sharing your stories and experiences!

Strategic, Academic, and Student Affairs Working Drafts Now Open for Comment

Bellevue College students, faculty, staff, as well as community members are invited to participate in a review of three major college plans, which have been in development throughout the 2013-14 academic year. The Strategic, Academic, and Student Affairs plans posted on this site are currently in DRAFT form and available for comment May 12-23.

You may provide comments in several ways:

(1)  Post your feedback in the comments box at the end of each plan (see Draft Plans).  These will be visible for others to read.

(2)  Send your comments anonymously by using this survey link.

(3)  Download and print out a pdf version of the plan, write comments and return it to Tracy Biga MacLean (mail stop A202).

(4)  Bring your verbal or written comments to the Open House (May 19 or 20) or facilitated feedback sessions (May 20).

We look forward to your comments and suggestions!

Open Comment Period Begins May 12th

In the Fall quarter we asked for your input on the colleges strategic planning efforts. In the Winter we formed several task forces to synthesize all the data we collected. Now that Spring is here, it is time to bring the plans back to you for feedback.

On Monday May 12th, draft copies of the Strategic, Academic and Student Affairs plans will be posted here on the Designing Our Future website for your review (see Draft Plans). We encourage you to share your feedback, advice, questions, etc. via the site through Friday, May 23.

During the second week of the open comment period, we will also host a two-day Open House on Monday, May 19th and Tuesday, May 20th (from 9am to 6pm) in the West Boardroom (B201). During these two days, members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the task forces will be available to answer questions and receive feedback. Participants are also encouraged to bring written comments, and provide edits during the Open House. In addition, drafts will remain posted in (and outside of) the West Boardroom throughout the week for comment.

If you would like to provide feedback in a more structured environment, we will also be hosting three facilitated Feedback Sessions on Tuesday, May 20th (1 hr sessions starting at 10:30, 12:30 and 3:30). To sign up for one of these sessions, please contact Tracy Biga MacLean (click her name to send an e-mail request). If demand exists, we will add additional sessions.

Details will be provided to North Campus, ASG, and community partners to highlight some of the additional opportunities for these groups to provide feedback.

Thank you all for your input during the Fall and your patience in giving the task forces time to synthesize that information.  We look forward to your input on what has come from those efforts!

Foundations: Mission, Vision and Core Themes

One of the foundations of the strategic planning “arch” are the college’s Mission, Vision, Core Values and Core Themes. As you consider our strategic planning efforts take a look and remind yourself of the foundation on which the college currently operates:

As always, we welcome your comments.

Hill Group to assist with Student Services planning process

Two representatives from Hill Group, a management consulting firm based in Pennsylvania, have completed a two-day visit to the BC campus to work with Student Services on a major planning project. John Talcott and Jordan Pallitto will focus on an approach that emphasizes equitable access and social justice. In addition to its work with Student Services, the Hill Group will coordinate closely with the Strategic Planning Committee so that planning is integrated campus-wide. Talcott and Pallitto will be on campus again twice this fall with anticipated completion of the Student Services plan during the Winter Quarter.