Major Goals for 2001-2002
Status of 2000-2001 Major Goals

GOAL #1: LEARNING COLLEGE

To transform Lakeland into a Learning College focusing on improving student learning and assessing student learning outcomes.

DESCRIPTION:  A “learning college” will place learning as its primary mission and

center its policy, program development and practices on learning.  A learning college

embraces a student-centered and collaborative learning paradigm, taking into account the

diversity of students’ needs and providing many options for learning.  Student learning

outcomes will be continually assessed, focusing on student success and improved

learning.

The concept and basic principles of a Learning College will be introduced to all constituents of the college.  Institutional task forces and committees will be established to examine the relevancy of the college mission in reference to the learning paradigm; to initiate campus-wide discussions on learning, learning outcomes and assessment; and to redefine the roles of faculty and staff in a learning college environment.  Recommendations from these committees will set the stage for the next phase of the transformation.

TARGET DATE:  June 30, 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY:  Frederick W. Law

                                                              Andrew J. Matonak


GOAL #2: GENERAL EDUCATION AND ASSESSMENT

To review the college’s general education requirements and their relationship to the assessment of student learning outcomes.

DESCRIPTION:  The recent NCA accreditation report recommends that the general

education requirements need to be more clearly defined and articulated in the mission

statement and the assessment process. The procedure for integrating the results of

assessment activities into the long-term planning process needs to be more specific; and

resource allocation needs to be connected with the assessment of student learning.  A

progress report to NCA on general education requirements and an update on progress

made in the assessment of general education is required by May 31, 2003.

A Vice President’s Academic Advisory Council (VPAAC) task force on general education will be formed to review the current model and study various models from other colleges.  The task force will also survey faculty and solicit input and recommendations from all departments relating to the general education outcomes of a Lakeland degree.  Consequently, the task force will redefine the general education requirements for all degree programs.  Furthermore, this task force will work closely with the Assessment Steering Committee to identify learning objectives and outcomes and to develop a model for assessing these outcomes across the curriculum.

TARGET DATE:  June 30, 2003

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY:  Frederick W. Law

                                                              Wynette S. Barnard


GOAL #3: STUDENT SUCCESS

MAJOR GOAL: To develop and pilot a comprehensive support program to address the variety of issues that relate to student success.

DESCRIPTION:  Recognizing the role of a Learning Centered College in the development of students, Lakeland will take steps to promote student success, particularly students identified as high risk. Lakeland will research, identify and develop measures for those factors having a major impact upon student success.

Lakeland will build and pilot support programs (such as, targeted student orientation, intensive counseling, diagnostic assessment, interdisciplinary coursework, learning communities, and individualized career planning, etc.) to maximize students’ attainment of academic success.  Students participating in these programs will be tracked and evaluated to document and measure the impact of each initiative and provide continuous feedback for further program development.  The design of this support program will take place across the divisions of Student Development, Institutional Advancement, and Academic Affairs.

TARGET DATES:          June 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY: Frederick W. Law

 Andrew J. Matonak

 Wynette S. Barnard


GOAL #4: COMMUNITY OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT

To address the personal and professional development needs of the community through expanded services and programs delivered via multiple communication systems and outreach programs.

 

DESCRIPTION:  The college provides a wide range of academic, social and information programs to the community of Lake County.  This goal is aimed at evaluating and creating new opportunities to bring individuals on campus and to use our communication systems to deliver personal and professional development opportunities. New initiatives might include the offering of a “free” on-campus class for community members, the use of our cable network to deliver professional training to a local business, or an exchange program with other countries to further global awareness and education.  The expanded use of our communication systems will be explored, as well as opportunities for alternative programs and outreach to the underserved.

The outcome of this goal is to integrate existing offerings with new learning opportunities aimed at meeting the changing needs of the community.  Increased access to personal and professional growth opportunities will be achieved through the development of new programs and through creative means of delivering new and existing programs.

TARGET DATE: June 30, 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY: Wynette S. Barnard

                                                              William J. Ryan


GOAL #5: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

To improve workforce quality in the region by developing a comprehensive assessment/job match center increasing the educational opportunities available to the workforce community in Lake County.

DESCRIPTION:  The Center for Business and Industry currently offers a Job Match/Work Profiling service to its clients.  This goal would focus on collaborating with Lakeland's Career Services and Academic Counseling departments to develop an integrated approach to assessment and job match services, therefore, helping individuals and employers together effect better employment, hiring, job training, advancement, job satisfaction, retention and job succession.

CBI's mission is to provide educational solutions based on the needs of the workforce community.  Through the guidance of an advisory group composed of representatives from business and industry and Lakeland Community College, this goal will align college-wide outreach services with economic development needs for the region.  Emphasis would be given to technology based solutions as well as traditional methods of delivery.

TARGET DATE: June 30, 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY:  Patricia J. Hoyt

                                                              William J. Ryan


GOAL #6: TRANSITION OF COLLEGE PERSONNEL

To transition the college leadership as well as other personnel changes including faculty, staff and administrators to ensure that the college continues to move forward in meeting the needs of the community.

DESCRIPTION: The college is undergoing a significant change in personnel in 2001-1002.  A new president will take the helm after the retirement of  Dr. Ralph Doty who has been president for thirteen years.  New faculty will begin to fill the numerous vacancies left by those who retired under the early retirement incentive program.  Likewise new administrators and staff will fill the positions open from routine job changes and retirements.  This goal will result in the development and implementation of transition plans to ensure that the college continues to meet the needs of the community throughout the year and into the future.  Methods for assimilating new personnel into the culture will be identified and activities and programs will be planned and implemented for leadership development an team building.  Community events will provide opportunities for the public to become familiar with the new leadership and the Lakeland family.

TARGET DATE:  June 30, 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY:  Morris W. Beverage

                                                              Wynette S. Barnard


GOAL #7: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

To expand professional development opportunities for all faculty and staff with a focus on how to function effectively to meet the needs of the learners and to enhance student learning.

 

DESCRIPTION: The Learning College represents a major shift in the teaching and

learning paradigm.  Faculty and staff need to have ongoing professional development

activities to understand the principles of a learning college in order to create an enabling

environment that will enhance and improve student learning.

Professional development activities will be focused on understanding new research and theories on learning; developing appropriate learning outcomes and assessment; applying the tools of information technology; incorporating new technology into the learning process; designing alternative approaches to learning; engaging students in the learning process; facilitating collaboration and interdisciplinary learning community; and cultivating a student-centered environment to enhance student learning.

TARGET DATE:  June 30, 2002           

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY:  Frederick W. Law

                                                           


GOAL #8: SUPPORT FOR LEARNING SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY

To define and develop an integrated technology-based methodology that will support the teaching and learning initiatives experienced within a learning college environment.

DESCRIPTION:  As the college transforms and enhances the teaching and learning opportunities to its students, staff and faculty the reliance upon technology-based systems also increases.  The outcome of this goal is to have a blueprint for excellence that will include professional development for all members of the community, planned integration of teaching and learning tools into the educational process, and expanded communication capabilities within the college to share best practices.

This goal will develop sound teaching and learning opportunities for all faculties in the use of technology in the classroom as well as extending the classroom's walls. A part of this process will be to implement technology-based systems in a planned manner to maximize effectiveness and connectivity with existing systems.  Initiatives will include workshops for faculty on working comfortably in an e-environment, how to integrate technology with effective teaching and learning processes, creating defined structures & process for faculty involvement and support.  This goal will be achieved by creating a dynamic environment using communication methods that include faculty forums to share best practices, building on-line communities that include multiple venues of discussion and content, and by inviting faculty speakers from other regional academic institutions to share their lessons learned with our faculty.

This goal recognizes that skills with computers, networks, and electronic information resources are expected in virtually every academic discipline.  Determining how an institution maintains the currency of its equipment and services will help students assess how this institution will help a student meet their educational goals.  Academic, administrative, social and support systems will be reviewed and defined using industry standards.  The outcome of this goal will be a review and public assessment of the current resources available to current and future students.  Identified areas will be researched and recommendations will be made to improve access to technology, information and other support systems.

TARGET DATE:  June 30, 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY: William J. Ryan


GOAL #9: LEARNING SPACES AND SYSTEMS STANDARDS

To develop an institutional framework for technological systems to allow for effective utilization of resources.

DESCRIPTION: Effective strategic planning is a key part in the creation and growth of an informational architecture that supports the major goals and mission of the institution.  The outcome of this goal is provide a systematic planning process that will include the construction of new environments for teaching and learning opportunities while planning for renovations and upgrades to existing facilities.  Key aspects of this goal will be the design issues that stress teaching and learning flexibility, adaptability and ease of use independent of specific location.

This goal will review the support needs of the institution in academic and administrative computing systems, instructional and institutional technology needs, and the resources required to support and enhance the community of users abilities.  A part of this goal will identify process and procedures currently used that could be modified to take advantage of technology systems and increase customer satisfaction.  Issues that will be addressed include training and educational needs as well as opportunities for enhanced support functions to the institution.    

Included in this initiative is the completion of the schematic design phase of the planned Learning Technology center.  This project will be defined and the project prepared for the bid phase including all fiscal planning.

TARGET DATE: June 30, 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY: William J. Ryan

                                                              Frederick W. Law


GOAL #10: FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

To ensure the college’s fiscal viability to deliver services by working with state and local officials on issues affecting its revenue resources, reaffirming the local community’s fiscal commitment and developing new funding opportunities.

DESCRIPTION:  This goal will result in addressing challenges to the college’s financial support from the State of Ohio.  In addition, it will improve the understanding by our community of the value added by the college to the social and economic strengths of the area.  Strategic messages will be developed to enforce the community’s knowledge of the college’s role in supporting the workforce by providing quality education and training.  Finally, this goal will identify alternative funding sources and methods for accessing such funds.

TARGET DATE:  June 30, 2002

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY:  Morris W. Beverage

  Wynette S. Barnard


GOAL #11: PHYSICAL PLANT

To develop a comprehensive, campus-wide facilities utilization plan that addresses comfort, access, safety and functionality of the college’s physical spaces.

DESCRIPTION:  This goal will provide a detailed analysis of facility support systems and an evaluation of existing spaces to enable improvements in how the campus can better address the needs of our students and community.  The plan will identify support systems such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning that require improvements in order to meet the needs of users or to maximize the effective use of existing spaces.  The plan will also evaluate physical spaces in terms of their safe use and provide recommendations for improvement.  Finally, this goal will identify an implementation schedule that will allow improvements to take place based upon the benefit provided to the students and community members using the campus.

TARGET DATE:  June 30, 200

OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY:  Morris W. Beverage

 

Status of 2000-2001 Major Goals

GOAL #1:  NCA

MAJOR GOAL:  To implement changes related to any concerns and recommendations from the NCA accreditation site visit, as well as review and discuss the recommendations from the self-study steering committee.

Status:  The college received Final NCA action approving the team report late in the fall semester. Formal approval means that Lakeland has received ten years reaccreditation, with the next comprehensive visit scheduled for 2009-2010. The language of the team's recommendation for a Progress Report, due May 2003, was changed slightly by the Reader's Panel and approved by the Commission to include a clearer statement of the requirements.  A task force has been formed to discuss and develop plans for implementing the recommendations from the final report.

GOAL #2:  LEARNING & TECHNOLOGY DESIGN

MAJOR GOAL:  To define the learning environment that will transform and enhance the college’s teaching, learning and curriculum systems and guide the design of a facility constructed for the purpose of creating such as environment.

StatusThe Learning Technology building task force met throughout the Fall to provide input into the needs analysis and planning stage for the new building.  Working with the architects, they reviewed preliminary building space and possible locations.  As a result, classroom and lab space was increased and student study carrel space, full and part-time faculty space and Academic Support Space areas were also revised.  The location of the planned facility was also determined.

An assessment of all auditoriums, tiered classrooms and classrooms with permanent projectors was also conducted. This review included historical information regarding equipment in the specific learning areas.  A proposal for the upgrading of these spaces is being drafted. This recommendation will support the implementation of a unified presentation and support system for learning spaces focused on effective and efficient utilization of technology. Included in this recommendation will be a plan for ensuring that these spaces are maintained and supported.

The architects have submitted their final report for the needs analysis phase of this project.  The Board of Trustees are reviewing options for next steps.

GOAL #3:  ASSESSMENT AND DELIVERY OF INSTRUCTION

MAJOR GOAL:  To institutionalize the assessment of student academic achievement and to integrate the assessment into every aspect of instruction and student learning, including evaluating the effectiveness of how the instruction is and can be delivered.

StatusProgram Review and Assessment were re-instituted this fall.  A conceptual framework for implementing some of the assessment recommendations from the NCA report was incorporated into the process.  Department and program chairs responsible for program review and student outcome assessments were oriented to the concept of continuous assessment and improvement of student learning outcomes.  In addition, the Learning College concept, which focuses on student learning and assessment, was introduced to the members of the Vice President’s Academic Advisory Council and the department and program chairs.

Surveys were distributed to distance learning students and are in the process of being analyzed. The purpose of the survey is to seek student feedback regarding the delivery of the course content and suggestions on methods of improvement to the delivery of course materials to the student. This input will be used in the development of additional distance learning course offerings. During fall term, data were collected to begin tracking enrollment and completion rates for distance learning course offerings and, where possible, compare to classroom equivalents.

GOAL #4:  FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

MAJOR GOAL:  To develop and enhance professional development opportunities for both full- and part-time faculty, and to provide continued support to ensure consistency and continued high quality in instruction.

Status:  Numerous professional development opportunities have been offered this year.  For example, an orientation for the new full-time faculty and their mentors was held this Fall.  The program stressed the usefulness of multiple intelligence in teaching.  In addition, an orientation for the part-time faculty was held.  The orientation centered on learning about Lakeland and tips for writing a syllabus. The Excellence in Teaching Committee sponsored three workshops: Smartboard Presentation, Faculty Challenge Grants, and Information Literacy and General Education Outcomes.  Applications for the Faculty Challenge Grants were reviewed and recommendations were made to the Lakeland Foundation.  Standards for the teaching award were finalized and  nominations are being accepted in the Spring Semester. Part-time faculty also participated in professional development opportunities.  Three workshops were sponsored by the Professional Development Committee of the Part-time Faculty:  The First Five Minutes, Franklin University/CAS Update, and Student Evaluation Methods for Web-based Information Sources.

GOAL #5:  GLOBAL AWARENESS

MAJOR GOAL:  To develop and implement programs, services, and changes to the curriculum to increase global awareness and experiences for our students including diversity, civility, and inclusiveness.

Status:  In an effort to strengthen the college’s emphasis on diversity, civility and inclusiveness, the Student Conduct Code Procedure was amended to include text that reinforced the college’s commitment to creating a campus environment that is based on honesty, civility and the freedom to pursue knowledge.  Such an environment must be free of harassment and hostility in order to encourage each individual to attain his or her fullest potential.

A Title VI (b) grant proposal on "Emerging Markets and Transitional Economies: for Experiential Learning Initiatives for Students, Faculty and Business Professionals was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. The primary purpose of this grant is to develop an international business program and a study tour of transitional economies such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.

A delegation of International Studies students attended the regional Model UN at Kent State University's Ashtabula Campus. The student delegation served as Judges on the International Court of Justice. A teleconference on "International Student Recruitment, Retention and Services” was sponsored by International Studies and attended by faculty and staff from various departments. A consultant from Austin Community College was on campus to talk about Austin’s experience on international initiatives. The International Education Task Force also reviewed nine proposals and approved four for international travel for professional development in internationalizing the curriculum.

GOAL #6:  COMMUNITY OUTREACH/COMMUNICATION

MAJOR GOAL:  To conduct a community assessment to evaluate the college’s effectiveness in meeting the needs of its district, utilizing the results to enhance services and to review and revise the mission statement.

Status:  A telephone survey of Lake County residents was conducted by the Global Strategy Group, Inc.  It assessed community members’ perception of the quality of education and services provided by Lakeland.  In general, survey results indicated that nearly every Lake County resident who had an opinion on the college views Lakeland favorably. 

The mission statement task force, comprised of representatives of the faculty, staff, and students, are currently reviewing the college mission statement, the NCA final report, community survey results, and other colleges’ mission statements, as well as gathering input from their constituencies.  This task force will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding any revisions that would better reflect the college’s mission as it enters the 21st century.

GOAL #7:  WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

GOAL:  To provide an increased scope of workforce development assistance services (1) by evaluating and recommending improvements to the Career Check (CC); (2) by investigating appropriate utilization of technology for credit and non-credit instruction in a company setting; and (3) by researching on-site certification testing capabilities.

Status(1) Career Check: The new assessment computer lab in the old Childminders area has been wired and computers are ready for installation once furniture arrives.  CBI will utilize this lab on a shared basis with Career Services, the Learning Center and Community Education. 

CBI's new Client Services’ office is complete with a dedicated office for the Career Check Coordinator.  This office has convenient access to the computer lab for assessment and testing purposes.

The CBI Director currently represents Lakeland Community College on the Skills Max Advisory Group.  This group will offer recommendations and suggestions regarding a new state funded project targeting assessment centers and the products available to campuses for assessment and work profiling projects.   CBI will collaborate with Career Services and Counseling Services to position Lakeland for this statewide funding initiative.

(2) Technology:  The Information Technologies (IT) Regional Skill Alliance Group, of which CBI is a member, has reviewed all documents available for the region dealing with the IT workforce development shortages in Northeast Ohio.  This group will develop a concept paper defining critical priorities and potential strategies that could be undertaken as an "alliance" of business and education and training organizations.

The capital project grant known as BRATA (Business Resources and Technologies Association), has been awarded in the amount of $850,000.  The focus of this grant is to support non-credit workforce education and training to meet an economic development need in our community.  The main goal of this grant is to assist small businesses in Lake County to grow by creating a community focused, "one-stop" resource to promote economic growth.  To fulfill this need for accessible (local or on demand), affordable, timely training, services and reliable information, BRATA will offer 24/7 programming over the internet and access to the following services:  e-training, web-based teleconferences, archived seminars, audio-streamed training, online training courses, links to experts and trade associations, etc. 

(3) Certification:  Research for on-site certification testing is still in the preliminary stages.  Career Services, Counseling and CBI will be collaborating to address this objective.  Much of this information will be available through the Skills Max project being developed by the Ohio Board of Regents.

GOAL #8:  PHYSICAL PLANT

GOAL:

A.                 To successfully complete the transition into the newly expanded and renovated Athletic and Fitness Center and adjacent new facility.

B.                 To manage effectively the renovation of vacated and other spaces to maximize utilization while meeting the needs of the college community.

Status:  The AFC is now open and fully functional.  With the new facility has come new procedures for operations.  The AFC staff continue to work to develop procedures that will make the AFC run efficiently and user friendly.  Monitoring usage of the facility will continue so that sound decisions can be made on locker availability and the possibility of public use. 

The ECE building has also been occupied.  The renovation of the old TLC classrooms has been completed.  The two classrooms were available for classes spring semester.

The renovation of the old Childminders area, A-1040, has gone smoothly.  It has been converted for temporary use as a testing room and for use by the Center for Business and Industry.

The Shoregate expansion has been completed.  Spring credit classes will move into the new location in March, when non-credit courses will also begin. 


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