SVCC HLC Self-Study Document

Sauk Valley Community College
HLC Self-Study Document

September 19-21, 2011

2B.1: Planning System Includes Measures

Traditionally, Sauk’s annual report was a summary of all of its activities and accomplishments with minimal reference to the Strategic Plan. In FY07, it was restructured to focus on the status of achieving the Strategic Plan, with most information coming from Operational Plan Reports (link to an appendixAppendix). When used in this way, some weaknesses of the strategic and operational planning processes surfaced:

As Strategic Planning was revised, the identified weaknesses were corrected, and various other processes were streamlined and combined to link results so that they work together toward achieving the Strategic Plan:

The linking of processes has resulted in a single planning system which is designed to measure outcomes and progress toward achieving the Mission. At the time of the self-study, much of the current assessment of progress is based on anecdotal evidence about achieving Strategic Goals from the FY07 Strategic Plan. However, a couple of these Strategic Goals were measurably achieved, as illustrated by the following examples:

Sauk learned many lessons from the FY07-10 Strategic Plan regarding the clarity of stating planned activities and tracking outcomes, which have been integrated into the new system.