The Mission and Vision Statements form the basis for the Strategic Directions, which combine them with a statement of Shared Ethical Values, a set of Strategic Goals and Objectives, and Key Performance Indicators ( Appendix) . Together, they provide a road map for where the institution is going and how it will get there, establish a basis for measuring progress, and identify the priorities that are important to the institution.
The Strategic Directions for FY11 mark the culmination of an evolutionary process that began in January 2004. These efforts resulted in the current form of the Mission Statement, which was originally adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 22, 2004. The strategic planning system implemented prior to the 2006 HLC Focused Visit established the concept of moving from the Mission toward the Vision by way of goals and objectives and integrating day-to-day operations with Sauk's priorities. This design of a reliable, mission-based strategic planning system met with approval. However, the desire for better linkages between systems led to further revisions of the system. At its April 2010 meeting, the Board adopted the Strategic Directions, thereby re-affirming the Mission, Vision and Shared Ethical Values and adopting the current Strategic Goals and Objectives. This approval marked the first-time completion of a continuous improvement process designed to be undertaken annually by the Board and campus community to evaluate the success of the college in carrying out the Mission.