After many months of effort, City Colleges of Chicago has released our plan for the next five years. The public unveiling came as part of the Chancellor’s speech at the City Club of Chicago on Monday. The plan outlines some of the numerous accomplishments of our Reinvention initiatives across the district and sets targets for the continuing improvements planned for the next five years.
The plan also introduces the four strategic levers we look to employ to achieve our stated targets.
- Increasing Relevance
Increase the relevance of the work a student does at City Colleges: We must ensure that the courses of study that students embark on will advance their goal of a meaningful career or transfer.
- Reducing Time
Reduce the time it takes for a student to get through City Colleges: Numerous studies show that the longer it takes to complete a degree, the less likely the chances of degree completion. We have, therefore, created a number of strategies to ensure students have a clear path through the institution, reducing the time to degree.
- Increasing Student Supports
Use data more effectively and deploy more resources to help students, and provide more information to students so they can better help themselves: We know that it will be crucial for us to better understand our students and for our students to better understand how to navigate our system. This will not only require improvements in our data management, but also in people who help students reach their end goals.
- Strengthening Operations
- Ensure operational strength: In order to keep City Colleges strong for the coming five years, and to ensure that students are in conducive learning environments and working with the best faculty and staff, we need to foster excellent financial, operational and human resources management.
Both the plan and a video of the Chancellor’s speech can be found on CCC’s website at http://www.ccc.edu/menu/Pages/Five-Year-Plan.aspx.
I encourage you to read through the plan and watch the video.
- Scott Martyn, Center for Operational Excellence