Board of Trustees approves 2021-2024 Strategic Plan

LCC’s Board of Trustees approved the college’s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan during their Oct. 25 meeting. The plan was developed as a “refresh” that maintains the previous Strategic Plan’s focus areas, and adds one additional area. The focus areas are:

  • Engaged Learning and Student Success
  • Leadership, Culture and Communication
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Community Engagement
  • Competitiveness and Innovation
  • Resource Management and Fiscal Responsibility

The development process began with all-employee brainstorming forums in February 2021. Employees were then invited to join strategic planning workgroups, each led by a three-person team: a member of the Academic Senate, an Executive Leadership Team representative, and a non-management employee. These workgroups updated focus area definitions, identified potential projects and developed project charters. From the collective input of these workgroups, the Strategic Plan’s goals, strategic objectives and key performance indicators were developed.
 
Now that the plan has been approved, about two dozen project teams will do the on-the-ground work to implement the project charters and help meet the established key performance indicators.
 
To read the entire Strategic Plan and learn more about the development process, visit the Internal Strategic Directions webpage.
 
In addition to the Strategic Plan, the Board of Trustees approved the 2021 Five-Year Capital Outlay Plan and accepted the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The college’s independent auditors, Rehmann, presented a clean opinion on the report. Additionally, trustees received the college’s Annual Board Monitoring Report, which outlines the organization’s performance regarding the Board’s End Statements.
 
Trustees also conducted a first read of 13 policy revisions and one policy elimination. They will vote on those policy changes during the November meeting.
 
Chief Financial Officer Don Wilske provided the Board with an overview of the federal grants the college received in response to the pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocated LCC $37.8 million through three stimulus packages, a portion of it reserved for student emergency grants and the remainder for institutional funding. The allowable expenses were narrowly defined, and the college has focused on three goals in using the money:

  • Student assistance and equipment, including direct grants to most enrolled students, plus the use of $9.2 million of the institutional funding for additional direct-to-student grants
  • Campus health and safety, including infrastructure improvements for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to improve air quality, touchless fixtures in bathrooms, and other similar improvements
  • Provisions for remote instruction and work

The Board will next meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. Watch your email or visit the Board of Trustees website for details of the meeting.