Strategic Plan

Planning for our future

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) is entering another stage in its evolution. July 1, 2016 marked the beginning of the College’s new six-year planning cycle, and I proudly present the 2017-18 SKYCTC Strategic Plan. Embodied within is our new vision, values, mission and goals focused on preparing tomorrow’s workforce to thrive within in a global market.

This document represents the hard work of the SKYCTC Board of Directors, strategic planning committees, students, employees, and community leaders. Experience has taught us that planning is essential for any institution wanting to survive in today’s challenging environment. More importantly, visionary strategic planning is critical for organizations that strive for future excellence.

As the “Ellis Island of higher education,” SKYCTC and this Strategic Plan is built on a structure that encourages collaboration and cooperation as we reach out to a diverse range of populations and industries to make higher education accessible, affordable, and achievable to all.

The 2017-18 Strategic Plan focuses on five major goals, with a focused set of performance measures holding our institution accountable. I thank the SKYCTC community for its continued involvement and support in the planning process. We look forward to another successful year.

Dr. Phillip Neal
President

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
  • Dual Credit Headcount Exceed prior academic year unduplicated dual credit headcount
  • Affordability
    Affordability index goal is to be 50% or less than that of a four-year institution. (2013-2014 was 52.4%)

2017-2018 Actions

  • Expand Veteran Services
  • Increase Dual Credit Participation
  • Strengthen Educational Partnerships
  • Offer Financial Literacy Opportunities
  • Increase Evening Course Enrollment
  • Scholarships Awarded
  • Expand Outreach to Underserved Populations
  • Ensure Dual Credit Affordability
  • Expand Hispanic Recruitment
  • Expand Scholarship Opportunity

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.
  • 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).
  • CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement)
    Score at or above CCSSE mean of 50.0 in the following categories:
    • Active Learning
    • Student Effort
    • Academic Challenge
    • Faculty Interaction
    • Support for Learners

2017-2018 Actions

  • Extend College Services
  • Increase Retention of Developmental Education Students
  • Enhance Professional Development
  • Expand Career Exploration Services
  • Engage Students Through Clubs and Organizations
  • Strengthen Advising
  • Expand Student Mentoring

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.
  • 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.
  • Dual Credit Success Rate
    Exceed prior year number of former dual credit students earning an associate degree at SKYCTC.

2017-2018 Actions

  • Create Infrastructure to Support Service Learning
  • Offer Credit for Prior Learning
  • Expand Transfer Pathways
  • Promote Career Pathways
  • Increase Student/Industry Connections
  • Expand Job Placement Resources

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).
  • 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.
  • Workforce Points of Contact
    Exceed prior year number of businesses and individuals served.

2017-2018 Actions

  • Expand Industry & Community Services
  • Expand Technical Credential Offerings
  • Utilize Industry Input for Curricuum Alignment
  • Enhanced Training Delivery Methods
  • Enhance Industry Collaboration

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