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Education

Kishwaukee College Board approves school's new strategic plan

People exit the Student Center at Kishwaukee College on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Malta.
Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com
People exit the Student Center at Kishwaukee College on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Malta. Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com

MALTA – The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees has approved a new strategic plan for the college.

School officials said the plan gives direction for the college’s future and includes new values, strategic initiatives, and mission and visions statements that were revised for the first time in about a decade. Developing the new plan was an eight-month process that included feedback from faculty and staff, current students, community members, steering committee members, hired consultants and the board.

Bob Johnson, board chairman, said this plan revision wasn’t a direct requirement for accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, but the continuing introspection helps with accreditation overall.

“So it all really ties together,” Johnson said.

Johnson said one example of how a strategic plan helps the college is having a plan for achieving better student success overall with more hands-on help from advisers after setting the goal for better student advising. Overall, he said, it’s just good practice for the college to take a step back every four to five years and re-evaluate.

“You adapt to changing circumstances,” Johnson said.

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