Strategic Goals & Initiatives for 2010–2015

North Central Texas College institutional frameworks are broad, measurable priorities which enable the college to fulfill its mission and vision, reflect its values, and take into consideration the opportunities and challenges which confront it.  NCTC fulfills its mission through the college’s instructional programs, lifelong learning, and student services.The five major frameworks and identified goals provide guidance for all planning and budgeting processes of the institution.

Goals have been carefully established for each of the major frameworks to assist the college in achieving its vision of becoming a recognized leader in higher education and a catalyst for economic, cultural, and community development. Under each goal, example initiatives have been included that will help guide the development of our annual objectives.   As part of the college’s strategic planning and institutional effectiveness process, each department will set objectives on an annual basis to assist the college in reaching these goals.  In addition, Framework Champions have been identified for each of the major frameworks to ensure system-wide progress.

Major Frameworks, Goals & Initiatives 

Institutional Effectiveness/Strategic Planning Action Plan & Assessment
To complete Column 2 on the IE/SP form (Link to the Strategic Plan), please review the following major frameworks from the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan and include the goal number that corresponds with your objective.

Example - Instructional Departments: 

Column 1 Objective: Improve student knowledge of the formal elements, their definitions, and applications.

In column 2 list Goal 2.1. As a link to the strategic plan framework # 2 Student Readiness, Learning, and Success, Goal 2.1 - Facilitate the achievement of teaching excellence and in-depth learning through innovative faculty and student programs and activities.

Example – Administrative and Support Departments: 

Column 1 Objective:  To employ a new maintenance staff member.In Column 2 list Goal 5.3. As a link to the strategic plan framework # 5 Resource Development,  Goal 5.3 – Create a comprehensive master staffing plan that aligns with and supports the educational needs of the service area.


Major Frameworks, Goals and Initiatives

Framework 1  ||  Framework 2  ||  Framework 3  ||  Framework 4 ||  Framework 5

Framework #1:  College Awareness and Access 

College awareness and access framework will establish initiatives to promote community college course accessibility, affordability, and academic preparation for college. Increase course offerings via dual credit, online, hybrid, and in the traditional delivery model in order to promote accessibility and to meet the academic needs of the individual learner.  Develop college funding revenue strategies to ensure that tuition remains affordable.

  • Goal 1.1: 
    • Establish and implement an integrated marketing communication plan for all campuses that articulates the mission and purpose of NCTC to the public- to promote awareness, visibility, understanding, appreciation, and accessibility to all constituents.    
      • Develop and implement a centralized data-driven, market based plan that integrates with all areas of the college.   
      • Expand target marketing by promoting specific programs and services.   
      • Expand presences on social networking systems such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to communicate with prospective students.
      • Redesign the college’s website to support the marketing communication plan.
  • Goal 1.2:
    • Increase access to the college by expanding course offerings and delivery methods, and maintaining affordability of classes.
      • Increase on-line course offerings.
      • Expand dual credit offerings including online courses.
      • Offer new academic and technical courses.
      • Explore ways to reduce the cost of textbooks.
      • Utilize latest technology to expand accessibility of courses
  • Framework Champions:  Rodger Boyce


Framework #2:  Student Readiness, Learning, and Success

Enabling students to achieve their full potential requires an institution to clearly define paths towards a variety of educational goals. With increasing system-wide student enrollment, it follows there is a greater need for specialized student services, faculty, and retention strategies to support student success.

  • Goal 2.1: 
    • Facilitate the achievement of teaching excellence and in-depth learning through innovative faculty and student programs and activities.
      • Establish an honors program.
      • Ensure equality of services for all students.
      • Create appropriate learning environment.
      • Establish student learning outcomes.
      • Expand student engagement.
      • Implement the quality enhancement plan (QEP).
      • Provide faculty and staff with professional development – Latest Trends in Education.
      • Effectively serve demographic segments of our communities beyond traditional college-aged students
  • Goal 2.2:
    • Implement a holistic model of student advising.
      • Adopt the intrusive advising model.
      • Track and improve retention and completer rates.
      • Track and improve retention in online classes.
      • Expand active and collaborative learning, service learning, and learning communities.
      • Monitor transfer and graduation readiness.
      • Expand career exploration opportunities
  • Goal 2.3: 
    • Improve student success in college prep and gatekeeper courses.
      • Monitor student assessment and placement.
      • Expand MathQuest.
      • Provide fast track options.
      • Create vertical alignment between college prep and credit courses.
      • Expand early alert intervention.
      • Create module or open entry formats.
      • Provide study skills seminars.
      • Expand Learning Frameworks course
  • Goal 2.4: 
    • Develop partnerships with area high schools to align courses and curriculum to prepare students to be successful at all levels.
      • Monitor and ensure dual credit readiness.
      • Establish early college high school.
      • Create vertical alignment.
      • Focused efforts on improving dual credit services.
      • Offer professional development opportunities for area teachers.
      • Cultivate partnerships with high schools in response to community demand for vocational programs
  • Framework Champions: Dr. Lee Ann Nutt & Dr. Larry Gilbert


Framework #3:  Economic, Workforce, and Program Development

To compete in a fast-changing global society and meet the workforce demands in North Texas, it will be important for NCTC personnel to analyze employment trends, design programs to meet identified needs, and collaborate with public and private entities to ensure a long-range economic impact.

  • Goal 3.1:
  • Develop new and enhanced mission-driven credit and/or non-credit training programs and offerings.
    • Work with area high schools to add demand occupation vocational dual credit programs.
    • Explore early college high school program and vertical alignment of curriculum to ensure college readiness.
    • Seek THECB approval and start an alternative energy training program
  • Goal 3.2:
  • Prepare students for success in a global economy.
    • Include “sustainability and globalization” as part of the core curriculum.
    • Incorporate “service learning” concepts into curricula.
    • Institute a career and job placement center.
    • Develop regional ESL/Language training program.
  • Framework Champions: Djuna Forrester & Doug Akins


Framework #4:  Systems Effectiveness

The systems effectiveness framework focuses on increasing the overall effectiveness of the college.  It will accomplish this by improving technology infrastructure, providing better access to technology, encouraging the use of technology, providing access to needed information, and utilizing assessments and accountability systems to ensure continuous improvement throughout the institution.

  • Goal 4.1:
    • Create a more technologically advanced institution.
    • Encourage innovation and utilization of technology through training and development of faculty and staff·      Improve technology infrastructure.
    • Expand the college’s bandwidth.
    • Require ANGEL training for all faculty teaching dual credit courses.
    • Increase on-line courses.
    • Provide a 24/7 accessible computer laboratory on each campus.
    • Provide wireless access to students.
  • Goal 4.2: 
    • Facilitate employee empowerment and professional growth.
    • Improve formal and informal communication with employees.
    • Promote employee professional development.
    • Support a culture of collegiality and collaboration.
    • Enhance college awards and recognition programs.
  • Goal 4.3: 
    • Ensure access to information necessary to improve college services and program effectiveness.
    • Evaluate college-wide information needs and develop a plan to ensure information is available when and where needed through a system of web-based reports and query capability.
    • Develop standards and procedures for data collection and analysis, resulting in data-driven decisions.
    • Expand comparative benchmark studies with peer institutions to improve institutional effectiveness.
    • Expand data-informed student learning outcomes assessment.
  • Goal 4.4: 
    • Utilize systematic assessments and accountability systems to ensure continuous quality improvement throughout the college.
    • Follow systematic approach to Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning.
    • Institute a structure and comprehensive evaluation process of all programs, services, and general education.
    • Strengthen faculty and course evaluations systems.
    • Enhance departmental and college-wide procedural manuals.
    • Fulfill SACS re-affirmation requirements by 2011.
  • Framework Champions:  Dr. Steve Broyles & Dr. Janie Neighbors


Framework #5:  Resource Development

Resources are essential to the effectiveness of the college’s operation.  NCTC must address the challenges created by increasing enrollment and expanded needs for programs and services.  Rising costs and declining revenue streams will continue to challenge NCTC to identify alternative funding mechanisms. This framework seeks to establish an inclusive process to ensure that the college’s strategic plan guides the allocation of the college’s resources.  Long range facilities needs, funding plans, and cost effectiveness strategies should also be included in this framework.

  • Goal 5.1: 
    • Enhance financial strength through ensuring fiscal stewardship of the institution.
    • Expand and support fundraising and development activities.
    • Conduct cost analysis for programs and services.
    • Promote cost effectiveness including “green” systems such as energy-efficient lighting, recycling program, alternative energy sources, etc.
  • Goal 5.2:
    • Update College’s facilities master plan that aligns with and supports the educational needs of the service area.
    • Establish a long-range capital construction schedule and funding plan.
    • Ensure alignment of budget priorities and strategic plan.
    • Expand existing locations to serve our growing communities.
    • Explore opportunities to add new college locations in our service area.
  • Goal 5.3: 
    • Create a comprehensive master staffing plan that aligns with and supports the educational needs of the service area.
    • Identify staffing needs and implement a plan to provide adequate faculty/staff to meet student needs.
  • Framework Champions:  Dr. Eddie Hadlock & Debbie Sharp