Progress Report | SKYCTC

Progress Report

Another year has passed and I am very proud of SKYCTC’s dedication to valuing student success, employee development, and community service. I submit for your review, the preliminary 2017-18 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Strategic Plan Progress Report, providing an overview of our goals and accomplishments for the past ten months.

Coming off of a challenging 2016-17 academic year, our team was laser-focused on expanding our engagement activities directed at various populations inside and outside the institution. Among the many accomplishments in meeting the needs of our region, we offered new academic and training options to students and industry, and created new access avenues that encourage diversity and affordability. From expanded early access opportunities to our high school partners, to new facilities providing better community service, to additional collegiate credentialing options and transfer pathways, you will be delighted to see the progress.

In a dynamic atmosphere where we are blessed with economic growth and its ironic impact on enrollment, I would like to express my gratitude to those who have tirelessly continued our march towards enhancing the South Central Kentucky workforce and improving the quality of life for citizens of South Central Kentucky. Our Board of Directors has taken an active role in College events as well as approving the goals embodied in our Strategic Plan. The Strategic Planning Teams have developed and implemented the plan, and the entire College family has been an integral part of the process.

As the journey moves forward, we will continue creating world-class education and training opportunities … our students and region deserves it. Thank you for your ongoing support and leadership.

Dr. Phillip Neal

Our Vision

A world-class college educating South Central Kentucky’s globally competitive workforce.

Our Values

  • Caring culture
  • Lifelong learning and balance
  • Flexibility and innovation
  • Quality, excellence and continuous improvement
  • Ethical, open and accountable
  • Data and outcome informed decision-making
  • Inclusion, equity, respect and global diversity
  • Community development, collaboration and teamwork

Our Mission

SKYCTC’s mission is to improve the quality of life through education focused on career development, community partnerships, and economic growth.

Our Goals

  1. Increase the educational attainment level in South Central Kentucky by positioning SKYCTC as the most accessible and affordable option in postsecondary education

  2. Close achievement gaps and improve overall student success by enhancing student engagement

  3. Align services and curriculum with the regional workforce and economic development needs
  4. Increase connections with educational providers and employers to provide students expanded transfer opportunities, career pathways, experiential learning, and job placement services

  5. Ensure an active and engaged Board of Directors

The strategic plan serves as a guide for planning and decision-making. Priorities are developed and budgeting is allocated in accordance with the strategic plan. The strategic plan is comprised of five goals and implemented across all functional areas in the College. These five goals are in support of the College’s mission.

The Planning Process

The five goals of the strategic plan utilize performance indicators to gauge and assess goal attainment. Also, all major offices, divisions and units focus their action strategies on the accomplishment of the strategic plan. Strategic goals are identified with the input of faculty, staff, students, the Board of Directors, and members of the community. Additionally the Board of Directors’ Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability Committee provides direction to the Strategic Planning Team.


We have six campus locations.

Increase the educational attainment level in South Central Kentucky by positioning SKYCTC as the most accessible and affordable option in postsecondary education

  • Fall Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) as delivering college
    Exceed prior Fall FTE
    • FTE increased from 2582.3 in the Fall of 2016 to 2614.3 in the Fall of 2017
  • Dual Credit Headcount Exceed prior academic year unduplicated dual credit headcount
    • Dual Credit Headcount increased from 1460 during the 2016-17 school year to 1477 in the 2017-18 school year.
  • Affordability
    Affordability index goal is to be 50% or less than that of a four-year institution. (2013-2014 was 52.4%)
    • In the 2015-16 school year SKYCTC Affordability index was 54.1% of a 4 year Institution.

2017-2018 Actions Outcomes

  • Increase Awareness of VA Services
    • The College is beginning to research the standards and requirements to be deemed a "Military Friendly" School.
  • Increase Dual Credit Participation
    • Dual credit participation has increased over prior year.
    • The College participates in parent nights, college fairs, and other events at High Schools and ATCs.
    • 70 new students are participating in the DC to Finish Scholarship.
    • A marketing campaign is being developed that focuses on successful former dual credit students.
  • Strengthen Educational Partnerships
    • SKYCTC has partnered with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce to promote the SCK Launch event for middle school students, and there were 3,200 participants.
    • The partnership with the Chamber also includes the promotion of career pathways to high school students.
  • Offer Financial Literacy Opportunities
    • The Business Administration Program, Industry Partners, Library, and TLC are collaborated to present a financial literacy event for students called "Get Money Smart".
    • First Year Experience courses include a unit on financial literacy.
  • Increase Evening Course Enrollment
    • The College added evening offerings of a technical nature, such as Blueprint Reading, Computerized Machining, and Computer Aided Design.
    • In Fall 2017, there was an evening course fill rate of 55.89% an increase of 1.74%
  • Scholarships Awarded
    • Nearly $250,000 in scholarships were awarded from the College, Foundation, and KCTCS. An increase of 18% over prior year.
  • Expand Outreach to Underserved Populations
    • Through the SKYCTC Gives Back Initiative, we have developed relationships with the United Way, Boys & Girls Club, and Junior Achievement; these initiatives are focused on college/ career readiness.
    • The College has partnered with Warren Elementary through school supply drives for the Family Resource Center, and has hosted visits from participating students to learn about higher education.
  • Ensure Dual Credit Affordability
    • The College has started having more one-on-one advising sessions with students and parents where in-depth discussions regarding future academic plans and scholarship and other financial opportunities occur.
    • Significant amounts of information related to the DC to Finish scholarship have been provided to High School faculty and guidance counselors.
  • Expand Hispanic Recruitment
    • The College participated in multiple recruitment visits and presentations to nearly one thousand prospective students at area High Schools, Radio, community organizations and centers.
    • Between Fall 2016 and Fall 2017 Hispanic students grew from 4.23% to 5.06% of the student body, and the number of students increased from 180 to 217.
  • Expand Scholarship Opportunity
    • Four new scholarships have been added: SOKY Antique Auto Club Scholarship, Laura Hilliard Health Sciences Scholarship, BG-WC Contractors Licensing Board Scholarship, and Phi Beta Lambda Scholarship.
    • Additional scholarships include: Farm Bureau Insurance, F-S Industrial Board, Clark’s Landing, Leadership Bowling Green, Jeanette Penrod Miller, Leadership Bowling Green, Service One Credit Union, Sociology Pathway Scholarship.

Close achievement gaps and improve overall student success by enhancing student engagement

  • Total Credentials Awarded Exceed prior academic year total credentials awarded in technical and transfer categories.
    • Total credentials awarded went from 1986 in 2016-17 to 2739 in 2017-18.
    • Associate Degrees increased from 619 in 2016-17 to 715 in 2017-18.
  • Graduation Rate - Total Cohort
    Increase graduation rate of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% (3 years) of normal time as reported to International Post-Secondary Education Database System (IPEDS).
    • 3 Year IPEDS Graduation Rate increased from 28% from Fall 2012-2015 to 30% from Fall 2013-2016.
  • CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement)
    Score at or above CCSSE mean of 50.0 in the following categories:
    • Active Learning
      • SKYCTC 50.1
    • Student Effort
      • SKYCTC 51.8
    • Academic Challenge
      • SKYCTC 47.4
    • Faculty Interaction
      • SKYCTC 52.2
    • Support for Learners
      • SKYCTC 51.1

2017-2018 Action Outcomes

  • Extend College Services
    • The College hired a Certified Mental Health Counselor that can help students that may have non-academic issues.
    • The College expanded security personnel to all locations.
  • Increase Retention of Developmental Education Students
    • The College continued participation in a CPE grant funding co-requisite instruction for developmental students.
    • In the first cohort of corequisite instruction from Fall 2016, 87% of students from MAT 146 were retained to Fall 2017, 74% of students from MAT 150, and 46% from English.
  • Enhance Professional Development
    • The College hosted more local professional development events to accommodate individuals unable to travel.
    • The SKYCTC Fall Enhancement PD Day held on December 12, 2017 had a theme of student engagement, and consisted of a keynote and breakout sessions focused on student engagement and retention.
    • The College hosted development events for high school dual credit instructors.
    • The College acquired an electronic faculty resource called Mentor Commons.
  • Expand Career Exploration Services
    • Using the Career Pathways Tool developed in the prior year, the College played host to several visits from High School students, and assisted them with tours and information related to career exploration.
  • Engage Students Through Clubs and Organizations
    • A chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, a National Business Society returned to the College, and has enjoyed robust participation.
    • A first ever Club Leader training was held for 20 students that hold club leadership positions.
  • Strengthen Advising
    • The College developed a student advising manual for faculty.
    • SKYCTC initiated early enrollment efforts last fall and spring to get students in contact with their advisors to discuss their enrollment plans earlier.
  • Expand Student Mentoring
    • The Student Ambassador Program served approximately 500 new students.

Increase connections with educational providers and employers to provide students expanded transfer opportunities, career pathways, experiential learning, and job placement services

  • Associate Degree Graduates Who Transfer
    Increase percent of associate degree earners who enrolled at a four-year institution within one academic year of associate degree completion.
    • SKYCTC increased the percent of transferring degree earners from 25.70% in 2014-15 to 38.60% in 2015-16.
  • Experiential Learning - Diploma and AAS Graduates
    Increase percent of diploma and degree earners participating in experiential learning type: clinicals, co-ops, internships, and service learning with passing grade.
    • The number of Diploma/Degree earners with Experiential Learning went from 154 in 2015-16 to 159 in 2016-17
    • Percent of Diploma/Degree earners with Experiential Learning went from 52% in 2015-16 to 49% in 2016-17
  • Dual Credit Success Rate
    Exceed prior year number of former dual credit students earning an associate degree at SKYCTC.
    • The number of Dual Credit students earning an Associate Degree in 2016-17 was 127 that increased to 175 in 2017-18.

2017-2018 Actions

  • Create Infrastructure to Support Service Learning
    • Information sessions have been held, and a formal process including the development of the appropriate forms have been created to support service learning efforts.
  • Offer Credit for Prior Learning
    • Industrial Maintenance and several other applied technology programs started the development of a process for portfolio review, and awarding credit to students for prior learning and experience.
  • Expand Transfer Pathways
    • Upper division offerings in the areas of Mathematics, Social Work, and Business were added to the schedule of classes.
    • SKYCTC’s newly constructed building on Main Campus will help facilitate the expansion for new offering opportunities in the sciences.
  • Promote Career Pathways
    • The College played host to visiting high school students from Warren Central, and
      using the newly developed online tool, facilitated exploration of different career
    • The SKYCTC Foundation hosts two events to empower young girls and show them
      what the College has to offer:
      • JA Girls, a Career exploration program presented by Junior Achievement, and
        local business women.
      • The Athena luncheon with a campus tour for at risk girls from Bowling Green
        Junior High School.
  • Increase Student/Industry Connections
    • The FAME program, which will be graduating its first cohort in May 2018 has expanded, with additional industry partners coming on board who now actively recruit for the College.
  • Expand Job Placement Resources
    • Additional job boards for employment seekers were added by the Career and Academic Planning (CAP) Center.
    • Three SKYCTC Campuses have offices that have been designated as Affiliate Sites of the South Central Workforce Development Board, providing greater access to employment services.

Align services and curriculum with the regional workforce and economic development needs

  • Workforce Credit Hours Conversion
    Increase the number of credit hours delivered through workforce non-credit (clock hour conversion to credit hours).
    • TBA
  • Licensure & Certificate Pass Rate
    Increase the number of students in completer cohort who achieve a passing grade on their first attempt of licensure exam within one year divided by the number of students in completer cohort who sat for the first-time to take the exam within one year.
    • TBA
  • Workforce Points of Contact
    Exceed prior year number of businesses and individuals served.

2017-2018 Actions

  • Expand Industry & Community Services
    • In response to significant regional demand, the College established a CDL licensure training program at the Franklin-Simpson Center.
    • The College partnered with the Bowling Green Chamber in SCK Launch, exposing 6-12th graders to various industry sectors.
  • Expand Technical Credential Offerings
    • The College was approved to offer a Paramedic program.
    • The College will be expanding the Nursing program.
  • Utilize Industry Input for Curriculum Alignment
    • Industry collaboration was critical for several changes at the College, such as the expansion of the SKY FAME and Nursing programs, the addition of CDL licensure training, and the introduction of flexible course delivery for working adults.
  • Enhanced Training Delivery Methods
    • The Advanced Manufacturing Technology division performed full scale implementation of the hybrid training model that allows students to complete a portion of lessons via an online simulated environment, on their schedule, and once demonstrating competency, they can then make an appointment to come in person to complete their hands-on portion of the curriculum. This is highly effective for students that have variable work schedules.
  • Enhance Industry Collaboration
    • The College was in the top third of all of KCTCS as a provider of customized industry training.

Ensure an active and engaged Board of Directors 

  • Planning & Approval of the Strategic Plan & Budget
    Participate in the development and approval of:
    • Approval of the Strategic Plan
    • Approval of the Budget
  • Perform Annual Assessments
    Conduct the following:
    • Assessment of the College President's Leadership
    • Board Member Self-Assessment
  • Participate in Board/College Events & Activities
    Participate in:
    • Board Meetings and Work Sessions
    • Committee Meetings
    • Graduation
    • College Events
  • Serve as a Positive Advocate for the College
    Advocate in the following ways:
    • Serve as a Resource to the College When Called Upon
    • Provide Information About the College to the Community
    • Relate Information to the President
  • Participate in Professional Growth & Development Activities
    Participate in:
    • Growth and development activities

2017-2018 Actions

  • Participate in Budget Approval
  • Review Evaluations of President
  • Provide Local & State Advocacy
  • Engage in Professional Development
  • Provide Support to Faculty & Staff
  • Attend Graduation