Institutional Planning and Assessment

Our Single Continuing Goal

Student Success – Our students succeed when they achieve their individual positive academic outcomes through dynamic integration of relevant, effective instruction and curricula, student engagement and community connections. These outcomes include completion of a degree or certificate, successful transfer, and new or enhanced employment.

Instruction and curricula that are relevant, effective and aligned with positive academic outcomes

Student Engagement evidenced by a high level of involvement in and enthusiasm for opportunities both inside and outside the classroom

Community Connections that build and maintain partnerships to support learning, cultivate resources, respond to local community needs and prepare students for citizenship in the global community

The three vital components are at the core of what we do as a College, and at their intersection is our single, unifying goal, student success. Inherent in each of these three components is the assumption that students learn and grow best when they are actively engaged in their learning and have a strong belief that the activities that lead to their learning are meaningful and important. To achieve our goal, we must engage students who are actively involved in both their own learning and the context in which it occurs. Those who do so are much more likely to achieve success than those who see learning as an isolated, largely passive enterprise. And we as an institution will create the conditions for that learning by eliminating the traditional barriers that have limited the interaction of these three vital components.

Student Success Assessment metrics include:

  • Direct indicators of student success, e.g. graduation, transfer, employment
  • Intermediate indicators (indicators that can lead to the ultimate outcome or increase the likelihood of it occurring), e.g. course and program learning outcomes, retention, maintenance of academic standards, developmental student success in college-level courses, increases in engagement and hope measures
  • Initiative-specific measures, both formative and summative

Our Mission, Vision, Values and Goal statements define who we are and hope to be. We also look at our goal in relation to the capacity builders and philosophical drivers we use to achieve the goal, pursue our mission and vision and live our values.

Strategic Planning Outline

Strategic Planning Framework (Flywheel)

Strategic Priorities Memos
Strategic Planning at Tompkins Cortland Community College
Strategic Priorities Part I
Strategic Priorities Part II
Strategic Priorities Part III
Strategic Priorities 2015-2020 Action Plan

2017-18 Guides for Department Plans

Strategic Evidence Library

Part I: Enrollment/Demographic Dashboards
Interactive graphs and spreadsheets providing historic information about students and academic programs.

Part II: Challenge and Intermediate Goal Data
Coming soon

Part III:  Strategic Priorities Action Plan Data and Reports
Major Themes from January 2016 Faculty Meetings
Strategic Priorities Action Plan Update Progress Report (March 2016)
Strategic Priorities Action plan Update Progress Report (July 2016)
Strategic Priorities Action plan Update Progress Report (November 2016)
Strategic Priorities Action plan Update Progress Report (April 2017)
Strategic Priorities Action plan Update Progress Report (July 2017)

Part IV:  Assessment Data and reports
This section will provide direct links to documents related to our broad range of student success initiatives and their assessment data, including department plans or reports and summative assessments of our major student success initiatives. Coming soon.

Many reports and survey results are available from Institutional Research.