Strategic Plan for Institutional Excellence

Strategic planning processes are a vital part of pursuing institutional effectiveness and are mandated by many accreditation bodies. HCC typically uses a five-year planning cycle, but in an effort to better align campus process and commitments, Haywood Community College (HCC) leadership opted to create an abbreviated plan. From January through March 2018, a strategic planning committee consisting of the leadership of HCC, along with representatives from stakeholder groups (students and board members), and a professional facilitator conducted research and produced the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan for Institutional Excellence on behalf of the College. This plan provides a roadmap for programs and long-term objectives for the next 3 years.

Goals and Objectives

For the 2018-19 through 2020-21 academic years, there are three Goals that will drive HCC's activities, resource allocation, and priorities. Every department will align their department goals and outcomes to the strategic plan as part of the Institutional Excellence process.


Goal 1 — Meet the educational needs of the communities HCC serves

Objective 1.  Analyze existing and investigate new educational programs (continuing education and curriculum), based on regional data and employment trends, with particular focus on healthcare-related fields

Objective 2.  Promote growth of programs and activities that generate increased awareness and improve funding opportunities

Objective 3.  Further develop a student life and wellness program that meets the whole student while engaging the campus community

Objective 4.  Market programs, student life activities, and student clubs and organizations


Goal 2 — Promote student success in higher education and in the workplace

Objective 1.  Investigate research-based student success strategies and initiatives

Objective 2.  Investigate workforce development needs and student success before and after graduation

Objective 3.  Use data and research to promote student success and student workplace development


Goal 3 — Facilitate economic development

Objective 1.  Build upon and expand relationships with existing and new employers

Objective 2.  Cultivate community-based partnerships

Objective 3.  Market economic development activities


An electronic copy of the strategic plan as an Adobe PDF can be downloaded using one of the following links: