The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees has recently approved a new College Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan provides the College with direction for the future and includes a new College mission and vision, values, and strategic initiatives.
Developing the new Strategic Plan was an eight-month process, which included gathering feedback through multiple listening sessions with key stakeholders including: faculty and staff, current students, community members, the Steering Committee, and the College’s Board of Trustees. The College partnered with John Newton and Associates to gather and review the information used in defining the mission, vision, values, and strategic initiatives of the College.
The 2018 College Strategic Plan has launched a new College mission statement and vision statement, the first update in 10 years. “The core hasn’t changed but the language is refreshed and simplified,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kish.
Another new piece of the Strategic Plan: the addition of the College values. Dr. Borowicz said, “We’ve added the College values to demonstrate what we stand for and believe in.” She explained that she is proud of the new Strategic Plan as it gives, “the College and community a glimpse of who we are and where we’re going.”
The Strategic Plan also includes strategic initiatives: student success, external partnerships, valuing employees, continuous improvement, and resource management. These initiatives provide the road map for the College. To meet the continuous and rapidly changing landscape of higher education, annual goals will fall under the strategic initiatives. To view the College’s annual goals visit www.kish.edu/goals.
Bob Johnson, Chair of the Kish College Board of Trustees, explained the importance of the new Strategic Plan during Kish’s 50th anniversary homecoming event. He quoted Warren Buffet: “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
The new Strategic Plan is reflective of the bright future at Kish, built upon a rich tradition of providing quality education to the community. Johnson summed it up best, “Kish has improved lives for our students and community residents for the past 50 years. The vision and planning of the ad-hoc pre-referendum committee and all the Trustees, Foundation Board members, administrators, faculty, support personnel, and citizen members of various advisory committees have served Kish students well for 50 years by following the faithful execution of those plans.”
To view the 2018 College Strategic Plan, please visit www.kish.edu/strategicplan.