CNC Lays Out 2020 Vision in Strategic Plan
Prince George, B.C.- The college of New Caledonia has released its strategic plan which lays the groundwork for the College through to 2020 and the focus is on promoting student success.
The plan is based on 5 key elements:
- Enhancing the student experience
- Improving CNC’s culture of service
- Supporting Aboriginal students and the integration of Aboriginal culture and knowledge
- Improving organizational culture and employee satisfaction; and
- Clearly communicating change and new directions with CNC’s stakeholders
While the plan, which took several months to develop, is now in place, how the goals will be reached has yet to be finalized “We are going to be developing an implementation plan and how we’re going to implement these five elements” says CNC President Henry Reiser who expects the implementation plan will be completed this fall once the College’s full team is back to work.
“A lot of this stuff that we’ve identified in the strategic plan is work that we’ve been doing for over a year. So this has just formalized it” says Reiser “I think all of the changes we were expecting to see are in process right now, it’s just a question now of smoothing that transition and getting on with our business at hand and that is to provide post secondary education to people in North Central British Columbia.”
Reiser sees the over arching theme of student success is the most significant change in this blue print ” Because all of the other elements will fit within that goal. The whole notion of our broadening and increasing our delivery platforms we can engage more and more learners if they want to remain at home (communities).”
The delivery platform he is talking about would see more programs delivered online to students and increased opportunity to have credits transferred to University . “What we are looking at is our digital delivery instruction, or our DDI. What that is, is a synchronous real time, instructor led mediated instruction. Very similar to what they’re doing at UNBC with UBC’s medical program. It is used throughout North America and very common in Australia. So the idea is that we will be offering more programming. A good example is what happened with our pilot (program) last year between Quesnel and Prince George. We were delivering programs to that community that would normally not be offered and so there is a greater offering of programming.”
He says they offered 8 courses through DDI last year, and look to expand that to 25 courses this year “And then we’re going to expand that as the infrastructure is rolled out.” As it stand now, the infrastructure requires the monitors, software, some hardware and while there is a DDI presence on all of the CNC’s campuses, Reiser says there is a need to make those connections “two way”. He says he’s thinking about establishing “Centres of Excellence” on each of the campuses, so class instruction can be broadcast or delivered to any of the CNC campuses. “Once we’ve got this system in place, then what we have to do is open it up to our partners in the North”. Those partners include the Post Secondary Council which includes NorthWest Community College and UNBC.
“This is another tool in the tool bag to reach out and engage more and more students” says Reiser who says this model of education will be particularly helpful to those students who want to upgrade skills before leaving their home communities for other levels of study.
“What’s important about our plan though is, every element is measureable” says Reiser, “We will be analyzing the performance on the strategic plan with the Board ( of Governors) on an annual basis. If we find the strategic plan needs to be modified to address how we’re moving forward, that is the plan.”