Thank you everyone who participated in the lively discussion Selkirk College hosted recently to help guide our new strategic directions. We are currently compiling results. Watch here for the release of our report this summer.
This is the last year covered by Selkirk College’s current strategic plan and we are initiating the process for its renewal. As this occurs, we want all of our students, staff, alumni and community members to contribute thoughts and ideas to the plan and thus to our future.
The strategic plan sets out the shared vision and purpose of the college, defines the college’s organizational values, and describes the priorities for the next five years that will ensure the institution remains vital and exceptional for students, employees, the many different communities we serve. The plan also affirms our fundamental activities (known as pillars in the current plan), but also articulates new and emerging opportunities and challenges to which we should respond.
The current plan has been instrumental in the identification and development of programs and services, and informs decisions on allocation of effort and resources. The strategic plan provides the context and content of the day-to-day work of the institution.
Renew the Priorities for Selkirk College
The planning process should capture the collective beliefs, hopes, dreams, and expectations of our learners, employees, and the broader community. As we undertake the process, we will also identify and describe the evolving needs of learners, the complex environment in which colleges operate, the emerging needs of our communities, and the changing world to which our graduates will take their education and training.
On April 23, we went live until May 14 with a consultation process using a locally-developed online, interactive platform called Thoughtexchange. This innovative tech company is based out of Rossland.
The process was not a survey but an interactive discussion and exchange. Thoughtexchange was able to capture ideas from a full range of stakeholders who can build on the thoughts and ideas of others in real time and from any device connected to the internet. Identity was kept confidential so people were able to share openly.
The final Strategic Plan should be:
Inspiring: Articulates a compelling and vital vision of the future for Selkirk College that creates optimism and energy.
Strategic: Clearly identifies our purpose, focus, and directions for the next five years; this will guide and align the college in its operations and planning processes.
Inclusive: Reflects a robust and meaningful engagement with and representation of stakeholders: in particular students, employees and community. The process and final plan should reflect the organizational values that serve us well in our day to day work together.
Innovative: Leads to new or enhanced programming, processes, systems, and services that create value for the college; and empowers educators and students to embrace new ideas that result in progressive and relevant learning experiences.
Useful: Easily interpreted, communicated, and integrated into other subsequent/companion plans and documents.
Student-focused: Underscores our fundamental commitment to current, relevant programming, excellence in teaching and learning, and responsive to the needs of the wider communities we serve.
Learning-oriented: Results in new knowledge and ideas about Selkirk College and the needs of our stakeholders.
Transparent: The process should not be secretive, and should be clearly articulated, communicated, and easily understood.
Realistic: The plan should be achievable and the desired outcomes measurable so that we know if we are achieving our goals when the plan is in place.
If you are looking for an opportunity to be more closely involved with the strategic planning process, please contact Angus Graeme to serve on the Steering Committee. The terms of reference can be viewed here.