A five to 10 year strategic plan to better focus the direction of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope as it becomes a more complete two-campus institution will begin to unfold this year.
UACCH Dean of Institutional Effectiveness John Hollis outlined the strategic program Friday for the UACCH Board of Visitors, noting that the college's leadership took a note from its most recent accreditation in developing the new Guiding Principles and Strategies, or GPS concept.
“Every research I've seen and everything I've heard says that absolutely a 10-year plan is the maximum,” Hollis said.
That point, alone, strikes a new direction for UACCH, which has been molding its planning as far as 20 years to the future, he said. Hollis said that college leaders learned from the school's most recent accreditation that its planning was “too operational and not enough strategic.”
That gave rise to a four-point strategy to Advance Academic Progress, Build Strong Financial Foundations, Create a Culture of Improvement and Develop a Distinctive Campus Identity, he said.
“This plan is a framework that, now, the divisions of the campus can build on,” Hollis said.
Under the first framework, Hollis recommended the development of a three year technology plan; implementation of a five-year integrated student learning and advisory plan; and develop persistence in student retention.
“A light bulb went off in my head when someone said that advising students is the key,” Hollis noted.
Secondly, UACCH should recruit outside of its traditional service area, while continuing to develop the growth of the Texarkana campus, and develop specific learning plans for the Texarkana student.
“We have to realize that Texarkana is a different campus in a different market,” Hollis said.
Thirdly, the proposal recommends developing a continuing integrated planning process with specific performance indicators; enhancing quality of service surveying; and developing user-friendly, accessible reporting of data.
“What we want is that, if somebody wanted to know between 2010 and 2013 how many female welders graduated, we're going to be able to provide that,” Hollis explained.
And, fourth, the plan calls for developing the Texarkana campus with its own identity through distinctive study programs, specific persistence in student retention; and, from an overall perspective, developing Hempstead Hall as an academic venue.
The plan is expected to be incorporated into the college's next academic accreditation study.