Strategic Planning

Last fall, at the request of our presidents, we began offering support to community colleges during their strategic planning process. The support is informed by and extends the key takeaways from our research on NC community college’s strategic plans. 

  • In February 2020, Wake Tech hosted the Reach ’N Rally summit – engaging more than 200 organizational leaders as part of their Spark! strategic planning process. During both facilitated small group and large group sessions, staff members from the Belk Center recorded the ideas and experiences of those participating. In advance of the summit, lead researchers provided training on the note-taking process to all participating staff members. A final report summarized key takeaways that informed the next stages of Wake Tech’s strategic planning process. 
  • In August 2020, Durham Tech invited the Belk Center to join Achieving the Dream and Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program to collaborate on an assessment of their student success work. The assessment was one of several activities aimed at creating a new strategic plan. The Belk Center leadership team was active in facilitating focus groups for key stakeholders and contributing to a final report. Newly appointed president, JB Buxton, invited the Belk Center to facilitate a conversation with their Board of Trustees to inquire about the report’s findings and recommendations. In collaboration with the Aspen Institute and Achieving the Dream, we delivered a preliminary state-of-the-college assessment to President J.B. Buxton and the Durham Technical Community College Board of Trustees on November 17, 2020. We continue to engage with President Buxton and will deliver our final recommendations in collaboration with ATD and Aspen next month. 
  • In December 2020, Nash Community College began preparing for a new strategic plan process. The Belk Center provided support for the strategic planning team, working most closely with President Lew Hunnicutt, to create an action plan for this process. The support included 1:1 consultations with the president, facilitating three working sessions with the strategic planning team to develop an action plan guided by research and evidence-based strategies, and recommendations of tools, resources, and promising practices that facilitate a productive process.

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