Strategic Plan | SKYCTC

Strategic Plan

Planning for our future

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) is entering its last year of the current multi-year strategic planning cycle. July 1, 2016, marked the beginning of the College’s six-year plan, and the 2021-21 academic year will complete this process. We began with five goals that remained constant each year, accompanied by performance measures that increased throughout. Each year, SKYCTC and its Board of Directors participate in a shared governance model of gathering input from key constituent groups that would lead to strategic actions in which the College would engage the following year. This will be the final set of strategic actions presented. Throughout this time, SKYCTC has tried to embody our vision and values, while fulfilling our mission and achieving goals of preparing tomorrow’s workforce to thrive.

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 thoughtful and purposive planning is essential for any institution to thrive 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 were 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. I thank our SKYCTC community for your 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.

2021 - 2022 Actions

  • Improve Access
    • Expand K-12 Partnerships focusing on admissions process and career exploration
    • Enhance in-person and virtual recruitment and marketing of SKYCTC programs as well as increase connections with high school partners and parents
    • Increase student matriculation through flexible course offerings and instructional methods
  • Increase Affordability
    • Expand initiatives such as open educational resources that reduce the cost of attendance
    • Market the affordability of a SKYCTC education with information on available financial aid and a cost comparison to four-year institutions
    • Expand community and industry partnerships to increase scholarships and other aid for students

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

2021 - 2022 Actions

  • Increase Student Retention and Completion
    • Increase student use of support and engagement resources available at SKYCTC
    • Maximize utilization of degree audit tools for students and advisors to evaluate progress towards degree completion
  • Foster a Culturally Inclusive Campus Climate
    • Implement action strategies around data from Campus Culture Climate Study
    • Provide faculty and staff with training to help facilitate a safe, diverse and academically vibrant environment for people of all backgrounds and abilities
    • Expand recruitment and outreach efforts of diverse employees
  • Strengthen SKYCTC as an Employer
    • Increase employee understanding of SKYCTC benefits
    • Integration of successful practices developed during COVID-19
    • Foster a work environment that continually enhances the employee experience

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.

2021 - 2022 Actions

  • Increase Transfer Career Pathways
    • Create articulated Transfer Pathway/Advising MOUs in all major transfer areas to university partners in high-demand career sectors
    • Expand communications efforts focusing on the benefits of the university transfer process to a four-year institution
  • Increase Technical Career Pathways
    • Create partnerships and resources for the addition or expansion of credit offerings in the areas of high demand
    • Respond to labor market demand for areas of expansion
    • Evaluate current non-credit offerings for transition to college credentials
  • Increase the Availability of Work-Based Learning
    • Expand utilization of the flexible delivery models across SKYCTC programs, where feasible, to facilitate work and learn opportunities
    • Increase faculty training resources to support flexible and digital content course delivery

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.

2021 - 2022 Actions

  • Increase Non-Credit Industry Training Offerings
    • Utilize research data from industry stakeholders to discover emerging needs and increase community awareness of non-credit industry training
    • Explore the addition/expansion of training and assessment services in high-wage/high-demand sectors
  • Expand Community Engagement
    • Increase community education offerings, camps, and other special events
    • Encourage faculty and staff of College to serve in leadership positions in economic, civic, and other community organizations throughout the service area
    • Host community events

Ensure an active and engaged Board of Directors 

  • Planning & Endorsement of the Strategic Plan & Budget
  • Perform Annual Assessments
  • Serve as a Positive Advocate for the College
  • Participate in Professional Growth & Development Activities

2021 - 2022 Actions

  • Endorse Strategic Plan and Budget
    • Participate in the development and endorsement of the Strategic Plan
    • Participate in the development and endorsement of the Annual Budget
    • Participate in Board of Directors Committees
  • Complete Presidential and Board Annual Assessments
    • Perform annual assessment of SKYCTC President’s performance
    • Complete individual and group Board of Director’s assessment
  • Serve as a College Advocate
    • Participate in SKYCTC Board of Directors meetings
    • Participate in various SKYCTC activities and ceremonies
    • Serve as a positive advocate to SKYCTC when called upon, and relay pertinent ideas/information to the President
  • Participate in Professional Development
    • Participate in board and all-college professional development opportunities
    • Participate in the annual Association of Community College Trustees convention