KCC launches “Ahead of the Curve”
Kellogg Community College is using a newly developed strategic plan, titled “Ahead of the Curve,” to guide the institution over a three-year period from 2020 to 2023. The KCC Board of Trustees formally approved the plan on Aug. 19, 2020, and KCC President Dr. Adrien L. Bennings launched the plan during a presentation to employees on Aug. 25, 2020.
Over the course of eight months in 2020, Dr. Bennings led the development of “Ahead of the Curve,” which focuses the College’s operations and resources on three pillars of excellence that will be key to the plan’s attainment. Those pillars are:
- Student Success
- Operational Excellence
“At its core, KCC’s strategic plan is about students,” Dr. Bennings says. “It’s about understanding the fullness of the student experience at KCC and designing systems and practices that will empower students in their educational journeys en route to a bachelor’s degree program or a fulfilling career. It’s about cultivating an environment at KCC in which all campus constituents feel they can trust the institution as a partner in building their future. It’s about embracing data and creating infrastructure that support student success.”
The plan’s themes and pillars are described in the aspirational statements below. View the 103-page plan in its entirety in the viewer below (click to make it full-screen), and be sure to return to KCC’s Strategic Plan web page in the future to learn about our progress.
KCC understands that student success is influenced by the individual student experience: the systems, protocols, departments, faculty, and staff that students encounter in their educational journey. We inspire learning through collaborative efforts to support the academic, social, and economic success of our students.
Strategy: Student Programming
KCC provides a roadmap through Guided Pathways for individual student success within the framework of connection, entry, progress, completion, and transition. We strive to facilitate effective programs, course offerings, policies, practices and processes that put each student in a position to succeed.
Strategy: Bruin Quality Focus
KCC commits to the assessment of courses, programs and services. We are proactive in our efforts to identify apparent and underlying student needs and continually provide the highest quality service.
Strategy: Sense of Belonging
KCC advances student success by providing personalized support services, ensuring access to resources, and embracing an array of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences in all settings.
Through a culture of continuous improvement, Kellogg Community College promotes the responsible management and utilization of resources supported by sustainable infrastructure and fair and equitable policies and practices.
KCC invests in the use of technology to support student success, leverage technical agility, and sustain academic and administrative operations across the institution. We maintain our campuses to ensure a safe, clean, functional, sustainable, and welcoming environment for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Strategy: Data Governance
KCC strives to promote productive workflow, timely access to information, the use of automated and dashboard reporting, and availability of accurate data to shape best practices and inform institutional decisions.
Strategy: Financial Viability
KCC engages in collaborative and innovative activities to diversify funding sources and align organizational systems, policies, and processes for the effective stewardship of financial resources. Aligning KCC’s financial resources with its strategic priorities is essential for sustainability and creates an environment of flexibility and responsiveness to the evolving higher education landscape.
Kellogg Community College cultivates an environment of trust as a foundation of our culture of enrichment, engagement, transparency and accountability. Through shared leadership and collaboration, we model the importance of productive working relationships and professional partnerships.
KCC embraces communication by sharing timely, relevant information that is integral to the institution’s stakeholders, planning and operations. Communication is critical to institutional culture, morale, efficiency, and the achievement of institutional goals.
Strategy: Partnerships & Community Relations
KCC connects with the community through partnerships with stakeholders, businesses, labor, government, K‐12 school districts, institutions of higher education and professional organizations to support student programming, workforce development, and economic development initiatives.
Strategy: Talent Management & Development
KCC supports a planned, systematic and inclusive approach to attract, onboard, develop, engage and retain high‐performing employees. Talent management and development are vital to growth and a learning environment where employees are provided professional development, training and learning opportunities.