ERIC Number: ED537850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Reference Count: 103
Wyoming Community College Commission Statewide Strategic Plan: Planning for the Future of Wyoming's Community Colleges
Richards, Amanda; Sipes, Laurel; Studier, Carol; Staklis, Sandra; Farr, Beverly; Horn, Laura J.
MPR Associates, Inc.
With the national spotlight on community colleges, Wyoming is poised to become a leader through its efforts to align the programs of its seven community colleges with defined state interests. As local economies become more globally focused and knowledge-based, community colleges are a critical way for learners to gain access to postsecondary education. Recognizing the importance of these institutions, President Obama has appointed a community college chancellor as undersecretary of education and has moved community colleges to the forefront of his administration's higher education policy. Wyoming community colleges are comprehensive. They offer students a high-quality education, and both students and the state benefit. The community colleges serve multiple missions and constituents, from high school students seeking college-level courses to adults needing basic literacy skills. Recent Wyoming legislation, House Enrolled Act 121 (HEA 121), mandates the development of a strategic plan to create a statewide community college system to set priorities for state funding. This report offers a plan to strengthen Wyoming's statewide community college system. It is an ambitious but attainable goal. The plan underscores the importance of fostering communication between college leaders and the Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC), the state's decision-making body. Although based on state interests, the plan incorporates the unique contributions of each college and recognizes the need to maintain its specific community focus. Appended are: (1) Evaluation Tools; and (2) Interviews and Focus Groups. (Contains 38 exhibits and 14 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Interests, Educational Quality, Literacy, Community Colleges, Strategic Planning, Focus Groups, Interviews, Evaluation Methods, Educational Finance, State Aid, Educational Legislation, State Legislation, Alignment (Education), Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Partnerships in Education, Educational Objectives, Distance Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Inc.; Wyoming Community College Commission
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming