Columbia College Goals and Objectives
Adopted by the Columbia College Council October 5, 2012
Goals are shown in order of priority
Goal 1 – Student Success
Students at Columbia College shall develop and reach informed self‐identified goals in a timely
manner. Our students shall master relevant theory and practice.
1) Objective: The college shall increase the percentage of students that have Student Educational Plans
◦ Percentage students with Student Education Plans
2) Objective: The college shall increase the percentage of students that have reviewed or
updated their Educational Goals each semester.
◦ Percentage students that have reviewed SEPs each semester
3) Objective: The college shall monitor and plan for an optimal number of annual program
Supporting Data: ('optimal' would be determined over time through program review)
◦ Number of (annual) program completions. 'Completions' shall be defined by instructional
and non‐instructional areas.
◦ Percentage (annual) program completions. Percent of completers identified in program
4) Objective: Student completion data shall be used to determine existing time‐to‐completion
velocities for college programs. Data shall be used to improve time‐to‐completion velocities.
◦ Time to completion velocities
5) Objective: Students shall demonstrate in‐depth, critical knowledge of theory, research and practice relevant to their chosen professional roles and focus areas, including skill development in Organization, Computation, Communication, and Research. (Institutional SLO
◦ Measures for Institutional SLO #4
Goal 2 – High Quality Programs and Services
Columbia College shall develop and maintain high quality programs and services that support the
1) Objective: All college programs shall regularly evaluate and improve program quality through ongoing and systematic cycles of program review.
◦ Evidence of ongoing cycles of effective program review
◦ Evidence of quality data-informed plans to improve program/service performance
◦ Evidence of ongoing cycles of learning assessment, planning and improvement
◦ Evidence of improvement through the analysis of program review data
2) Objective: All college programs shall regularly evaluate and identify resource needs through ongoing and systematic cycles of program review.
◦ Evidence of ongoing cycles of needs assessment
◦ Evidence of quality data-informed resource requests
◦ Evidence of appropriately prioritized resource allocations
3) Objective: All programs shall document their appropriate support for the college mission.
◦ Evidence of ongoing cycles of needs assessment
4) Objective: Instructional programs undergo effective systematic cycles of curriculum review.
◦ Evidence of High‐quality instruction and appropriate breadth, depth, rigor, sequencing, time to completion, and synthesis of learning characterize all programs. (Standard II.A.2.c)
Goal 3 – Institutional Effectiveness
Columbia College shall demonstrate institutional effectiveness through ongoing and systematic cycles of improvement that lead to the accomplishment of the College Mission and guide the allocation of its resources.
1) Objective: The College Council shall annually evaluate progress toward Mission‐based College
◦ Annual analysis and reporting on measurable objectives for College Goals
2) Objective: The institution shall demonstrate the consistent execution of regularly scheduled institutional plans as prescribed by the Master Planning Calendar.
◦ Regular review of Master Planning Calendar, and assessment of its effectiveness at Annual
Planning Assessment Retreats
3) Objective: There is dialogue about institutional effectiveness that is ongoing, robust and pervasive data and analyses are widely distributed and used throughout the institution. (ACCJC Rubric: Planning)
◦ Document and assess frequency, breadth, visibility and effectiveness of dialogue
4) Objective: The institution shall maintain and improve mechanisms to evaluate the Strategic
◦ Identify and expand the connections between the Master Planning Calendar and Strategic
◦ Suggested improvements from Annual Planning Assessment Retreats
◦ Document and track increasing number of improvements to SPC.
5) Objective: The institution shall increase and improve connections between evaluation and resource allocation.
◦ The College Council shall identify and evaluate processes that drive resource allocation
◦ Comprehensive reports from program review
Goal 4 – Campus Climate
Interactions among all constituencies at Columbia College shall be characterized by respect for all individuals and ideas. Campus policies and procedures shall be inclusive and encourage participation by all in the college community. Both the physical and intellectual environment of the campus shall encourage personal reflection and inquiry.
1) Objective: The college shall strive to increase broad participation in college committees by students, faculty, staff, and management.
◦ Track the number of college committees on the Columbia College Committee Map that have
regular participation by students, faculty, staff, and management.
◦ Survey students and all employees as to their level of participation on college committees.
2) Objective: The college shall strive to increase broad participation in college activities by faculty, staff, and students.
◦ Track the number of college activities on the events calendar that have regular participation by
students, faculty, staff, and management.
◦ Survey students and all employees as to their level of participation in college activities.
3) Objective: Faculty, staff, management and students shall encourage diverse viewpoints and critical thinking.
4) Objective: The college shall strive to increase the percent of students, faculty, staff and management who find the physical environment of the campus supportive of reflection, Inquiry and learning.
◦ Survey students and all employees regarding the level of impact the physical surroundings
(buildings and grounds) on their level of reflection and inquiry.
Goal 5 – Community Connections
Columbia College shall foster mission focused partnerships and the economic development of its surrounding communities. The college shall promote social and civic responsibility through activities and programs for its students.
1) Objective: The college shall increase formal connections with city and county economic development and workforce training.
◦ Track the number of formal connections with Workforce Investment Boards, Economic
Development Programs and Industry Leaders.
◦ Document formal partnerships, consortia and initiatives the college is engaged with in support of the communities served.
2) Objective: The college shall increase efforts to support occupational pathways that are documented as new or viable areas of employment.
◦ Document sectors of employment to focus on through Department of Labor Statistics, CCCCO
Data, and Perkins IV Data.
◦ Documentation of initiatives and support for programs in above-mentioned area
◦ Employment data and number of students in programs documented as emerging or viable.
3) Objective: The college shall strengthen community partnerships that support the College
◦ Track the number of partnerships in support the College Mission. This could be number of
partnerships, number of members, number of organizations, institutions or counties involved.
4) Objective: Students shall develop values, opinions, attitudes, and behaviors that underlie and support active citizenship through, Civic engagement, Leadership development, Advocacy, Collaboration, Team‐building and Mentoring. (Institutional SLO 2)
◦ Student Survey
◦ Measures for Institutional SLO #2.