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					Hennepin Technical College Vision 2010

Master Academic Plan
                                   for the Years 2005-2010

                       July 2005
I   ntroduction
           Hennepin Technical College (HTC) aspires to be a benchmark institution in providing
           opportunities for career and technical learning and academic innovation. It is the desire of the
           college to enhance its stakeholder recognition and respect for the quality and value of our
           educational programs and services. To achieve these desires, the college has embarked on
           developing a new Master Academic Plan (MAP) which is named HTC Vision 2010. The plan will
           serve as a guide for plotting the college’s academic future between now and the year 2010.
           Many of the goals and strategic initiatives will extend beyond the five-year time frame of this
           MAP. The implementation of the MAP will be an ongoing process. The MAP will be reviewed
           and updated annually each spring, and status for action plan accomplishment will be analyzed
           and reported. The pace at which we progress will depend on a number of circumstances,
           including our ability to identify and develop opportunities, our ability to be flexible and make
           changes, and the availability of financial resources.
           The Master Academic Plan (MAP) is the basis for all college planning and does the following:
                  Reflects HTC’s New Designs philosophy and strategies.
                  Identifies and responds to the educational and economic needs of stakeholders.
                  Responds to the changing context of student needs, business and industry, other educational
                  entities, and the greater community.
                  Serves as the basis for additional planning activities in the areas of finance, facilities,
                  technology, student services, and human resources.
           The MAP has been designed to link to the strategic goals of the Minnesota State Colleges and
           Universities (MnSCU). This linkage is important as the planners wish to ensure that HTC
           remains a vital technical college within the MnSCU system, providing “quality technical
           education needed for employment in an ever-changing global work environment.”

M        nSCU/HTC Planning Linkage

                            MnSCU                                                 HTC
             Increase access and                    Develop a process to support and enhance development
             opportunity.                           and delivery of new programs.
             Expand high-quality programs           Commit to continuous quality improvement of academic
             and services.                          and student programs.
             Strengthen community develop-          Promote academic programs and make changes in response
             ment and economic vitality.            to stakeholder needs and opportunities.
                                                    Promote entrepreneurial opportunities and partnerships
                                                    to ensure high-quality teaching and learning.
             Increase access and                    Develop a diversity action plan to attract and retain
             opportunity.                           a diverse student population and faculty.
             Expand high quality programs           Continue to use technology to enhance teaching
             and learning services.                 and learning.

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    New Designs
         HTC’s New Designs incorporates the college’s mission and vision as one of the overall principles
         that serve as a basis for MAP development.

    Mission                                                   Vision
         The mission of HTC is “to provide                               The Vision of HTC is to be
         quality technical education needed                              “recognized as the leading provider
         for employment in an ever-changing                              of career and technical education.”
         global work environment.”

         New Designs is a philosophy of beliefs and commitments that serve as a basis for academic planning
         and decision-making at HTC. New Designs philosophy directs college stakeholders in creating a
         learning environment that focuses on student success and involves all resources of the college. New
         Designs recognizes all employees as leaders entrusted to carry out the mission, philosophy and goals
         of the college. Within this philosophy, the college is learner-focused and values:
              Trust and integrity.
              Innovation and responsiveness.
              Accountability and continuous improvement.
         New Designs has established strategic directions for the college through the consideration of the
         aspirations, assets, opportunities and barriers within the context of HTC’s community. The following
         directions serve as an overall guide for MAP development:
              Respond to the changing needs of learners.
              Identify new opportunities.
              Improve focus on and responsiveness to learners.
              Increase partnerships.
              Improve access to services.
              Recruit and retain diverse, dedicated faculty and staff.
              Enhance public opinion and awareness of the college and career and technical education.
              Invest in core programs and services.
              Provide access to enhanced technology and information.
              Improve accountability.
              Increase public funding.
              Respond to changing context.

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M        aster Academic Plan Committee Membership
           During the fall of 2004, a team of faculty and staff from Hennepin Technical College (HTC)
           embarked on a quest to complete the MAP for the college. The goal of the group was to create
           the plan that sets academic priorities for the next 3 to 5 years and to provide a direction for all
           other college master plans. The group started meeting on September 9, 2004, with a timeline
           of March 2005 for completion. The philosophy underpinning the group work was that the
           planning group would provide ideas, complete work, engage the college community at large in
           the process, and communicate progress and the completed document to the college community.
           The following HTC faculty and administration served on the MAP Committee:
                      Mike Roberts, Co-chair         Heather Hooper                  Greg Pedersen
                      Rich Wagner, Co-chair          Sarah Krinke                    Kathy Pederson
                      Debbie Anderson                Karen LaPlant                   Al Senechal
                      Tim Bro                        Kelly Marchwick                 Dale Sheveland
                      Jason Burrows                  Marty Patterson                 Bill Vann

           To complete the work of the committee, the following project management steps were used:
                  Organize the task force – identification of key participants and examination of schedules to
                  determine efficient meeting times.
                  Review and understand other pertinent planning documents – distribution of key documents
                  used at the college for planning and understanding of context in which the college is
                  currently functioning. These documents include New Designs, Research and Planning for
                  New Program Development (MGT Report), Hennepin Technical College 1999 and Beyond,
                  other MnSCU two-year college Master Academic Plans, the Metro Alliance Master Academic
                  Plan, MnSCU strategic plan, the Citizen’s League Report, and information provided by
                  Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) relating to the
                  job market and economic outlook information.
                  Review strengths and weaknesses of instructional program mix – utilizing affinity diagram
                  to gather and group ideas and take the constructs that emerge from this exercise to the
                  college at large.
                  Define and develop strategic directions – continue to use affinity diagrams and
                  brainstorming to refine ideas and develop strategic direction for management of academic
                  programs; incorporate technology into the learning environment; seek ideas for new
                  structures in class delivery; and seek other pertinent direction in which the college needs to
                  move to ensure it develops a vibrant, state-of-the-art learning environment that achieves the
                  mission of HTC.
                  Develop high level goals – synthesize the work from previous steps into clear goals with
                  prescribed outcomes and metrics that when completed will ensure HTC achieves the
                  identified strategic directions.
                  Publish draft Master Academic Plan – draft MAP is written and distributed according to
                  communication plan.
                  Receive and process feedback – feedback is processed and revisions made as appropriate.
                  Final edition is sent to editor and published.
                  Present complete Master Academic Plan – distribute MAP to faculty and staff, Foundation
                  Board, and to business leaders as the HTC Vision 2010 Campaign.

HTC Vision 2010                                                                                                  3
H    TC Context
        Hennepin Technical College offers 36 degrees, 48 diplomas, and 63 certificates in eight career
        clusters: Business and Information Technology, Construction and Building Careers, Floral,
        Landscape, and Horticulture Careers, Health Careers, Manufacturing and Electronic Careers,
        Media Communication Careers, Public Safety and Service Careers, and Transportation Careers.
        HTC’s largest programs are in Practical Nursing, Computer Careers, Automotive Mechanics,
        Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and Accounting. Its unique programs include: Audio
        Recording, Automated Machinery Systems, Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Services Educational
        Training), Marine/Motor Sports Technology, Medium/Heavy Truck Technology, Plastics
        Manufacturing Technology, Professional Photography, and Retail Floral.
        Enrollment over the past few years has been stable, despite a decline in demand for computer
        training. Enrollment has increased in the more traditional technical programs, and a significant
        enrollment growth has occurred in general education.
        Sixty-nine percent of the students attend part-time, and over 30 percent of classes are offered
        after 3 p.m. and on weekends. Eighteen percent of the students are non-Caucasian. Average age
        of student is 32 years. An additional one-hundred forty-two students are PSEO and 1,050 are
        contract high school students.

E   nvironmental Scan
        An environmental scan was conducted to understand the environment in which the planning
        process occurred. The timeliness of the MGT report provided data relevant to the environment,
        and the additional information was gathered from DEED (MGT report is available through the
        Vice President for Learning and Academic Innovation’s office). Examination of federal and state
        political environments, demographic changes, technology turnover, job market analysis, MnSCU
        offerings, succession of key leaders within the system and college, changing business and
        industry forces, and organizational structure served as a basis for the environmental scan.
        The scanning of various readings and perspectives results in the following predictions for higher
            The number of degree granting institutions will grow, while the number of traditional
            campuses will decline.
            Colleges will continue to draw growing numbers of students of differing ages and
            backgrounds who are seeking traditional degrees and certificates, new workforce skills, and
            lifelong learning.
            Faculty will increasingly be expected to employ a range of pedagogies that match the varied
            needs and learning styles of individual students.
            For-profit universities and corporate universities will compete for education dollars.
            Identification and certification of learning outcomes is critical.
            Courseware producers will sell courses and award credits directly to the end-user.
            Digital libraries will become common, increasing availability of resources with new access
            and protection of intellectual property challenges.

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            Knowledge of new and emerging occupations is central to academic planning. Jerome Pikulinksi,
            economist formerly with the Division of Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor
            Statistics, summarized new and emerging research (Monthly Labor Review, December 2004).
            He stated that the 2001 Occupational Employment Statistics survey revealed most new and
            emerging occupations were in firms with fewer than 100 employees. “More than one-half of
            these were distributed among human services, transportation, communications, business and
            personal services, and a wide variety of wholesale and retail trade activities. Slightly more than
            half of all N&E occupations were paid in a range of $8.50 to $17.00.” New and emerging
            occupations were identified in the construction field, educational services, health services, social
            service, transportation, service, and engineering services and manufacturing. However,
            healthcare, management, and production occupations were the three most frequent new and
            emerging occupations identified.
            College graduates in new and emerging occupations as well as existing occupations will need
            good communication skills and other attributes to be sought after in the workplace (National
            Association of Colleges and Employers, January 20, 2005). In a recent survey, employers rated
            the importance of a variety of skills and qualities, and written and verbal communication skills
            as well as honesty/integrity earned the highest scores. Another finding is that many employers
            look to hire new college graduates who have relevant work experience gained through an
            internship or cooperative education experience, but even unrelated work experience can help a
            candidate stand out. Overall, employers rated the importance of candidate qualities/skills in the
            following rank order: honesty/integrity, interpersonal skills (relates well to others), strong work
            ethic, Teamwork skills (works well with others), analytical skills, motivation/initiative,
            flexibility/adaptability, computer skills, detail-oriented, leadership skills, and organizational
            Further information on demographic and environmental conditions may be found in Appendix
            one of this document.

HTC Vision 2010                                                                                               5
M   AP Organization Summary
     The MAP is organized into six goal areas.

     Goal 1 – Quality Improvement is to commit to continuous quality improvement of academic
              and student programs. To accomplish this goal, the college intends to enhance
              retention and offer developmental education and support for at-risk students. Within
              this Goal AQIP action planning is identified. To assure program vitality and
              curriculum quality the existing program review process will be enhanced and new
              metrics will be developed as a means to enhance academic decision-making and
              improve programs and services.
     Goal 2 – Diversity is to develop an action plan to attract and retain a diverse student
              population and faculty. The college wishes to maintain a supportive environment that
              is welcoming to all. Goal activities include ongoing diversity training, and strategies
              will be utilized to recruit an increasingly diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
     Goal 3 – Responsiveness is to promote academic programs and make changes in response to
              stakeholder needs and opportunities. A comprehensive marketing plan will be
              developed to provide internal and external communications that inform students,
              prospective students, and continuing students about Hennepin Technical College
              educational opportunities. This plan will include consideration of additional
              alternative delivery methods that optimize time and location of course offerings.
     Goal 4 – Opportunities and partnerships is to promote entrepreneurial opportunities and
              partnerships to ensure high-quality teaching and learning. The college intends to
              develop additional partnerships with industry and business leaders, funding entities,
              alumni, and nontraditional revenue sources. Partners will also be identified to refine
              and extend the Early College concept to provide seamless career pathways for high
              school students. Partnerships will be pursued to develop seamless pathways for
              Hennepin Technical College graduates to further their education.
     Goal 5 – Program Development is to develop a process to support and enhance development
              and delivery of new programs. In collaboration with the Academic Affairs and
              Standards Council, a New Program Committee will be utilized to engage in
              environmental scanning to identify emerging technologies, develop business plans,
              and make recommendations for new programs. New program decision-making will be
              collaborative, and an emphasis will be placed to render decisions that are understood
              by all involved stakeholders. The Master Academic Plan specifies the development of
              an Advanced Manufacturing Center and a Homeland Security Institute.
     Goal 6 – Technology is to continue to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. Within
              Goal 6, the college intends to promote increased use of student technology in the
              classroom and laboratories including use of notebook computers and personal data
              assistant (PDA) type devices. Faculty development and online course development
              and teaching will be supported, and plans are in place to become a wireless college.

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M        aster Academic Plan
            Goal 1: Quality Improvement – Commit to continuous quality improvement of
            academic and student programs.

                                                                                Projected   Completed
                                             Performance                       Completion      or In
         Objective        Action Plans        Indicators      Responsibility      Dates      Progress

1.1   Initiate           Review content     Three action      VP Student     May 1 and
      programs that      of the current     plan areas have   Affairs,       ongoing.
      support student    study skills       been addressed    Underprepared
      success from       curriculum and     by the            Goal Committee
      admissions to      make changes       responsible
      placement and      as necessary.      individuals and
      throughout                            changes made.
      careers by         Evaluate
      helping students   Developmental
      improve the        Education
      quality of their   experience in
      study skills,      reading, writing
      providing          and
      developmental      mathematics
      education, and     and make
      initiating         changes as
      programs to        necessary.
      help at-risk
                         Evaluate career
      students and
                         support services
                         for at-risk
      career support.
                         students and
                         make changes
                         as necessary.

1.2   Refine program     Document           Program review VP for Learning October 2005
      review process     current process.   process        and Academic    and October
      that utilizes      Identify areas     documented     Innovation      2007.
      continuous         for                and reviewed
      quality            improvement.       by AASC.
      tools to           Identify metrics
      evaluate           against which to
      program vitality   evaluate
      and curriculum     program vitality
      quality.           and curriculum

                         Document new
                         Achieve AASC
                         approval of new

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                                                                                      Projected          Completed
                                                Performance                          Completion             or In
         Objective         Action Plans          Indicators     Responsibility          Dates             Progress

1.3   Improve data        Identify key         Documents and Student Affairs,      August 2006
      collection          metrics needed       processes        Finance
      capabilities for    to support           identified to
      the college and     academic             report key
      develop metrics     decision-making.     academic metrics
      to support                               and a recurring
      academic                                 schedule.

1.4   Develop a           Establish            Each faculty     Designated         Established by
      culture of          individual           member has       Dean(s)            FY07 and then
      expectation         faculty              developed a                         ongoing.
      about instructor    professional         professional
                                                                                   Determined by
      ongoing             development          development
                                                                                   July 15 each
      professional        and funding          and funding
      development,        plan.                plan.
      student advising,
                          Establish college-
      and quality
                          wide faculty-led
      teaching and
                          assistance for
      learning across
      the college and
                          student advising
      all programs.
                          and instruction.

1.5   Continue college-   Develop              Annual review of Deans,             May 1, 2006 and
      wide assessment     assessment           assessment of    Assessment         each year
      of student          matrix or            student learning Committee          thereafter.
      learning.           portfolio for        activities.
                          each program.

1.6   Develop a           Identify optimal     Program          VP for Learning    January 2007
      comprehensive       retention goals      retention is     and Academic       and annually
      college-wide        by program.          determined.      Innovation,        thereafter.
      plan to improve                                           Deans, VP
                          Identify average     College
      student                                                   Student Affairs,
                          retention for        retention is
      retention.                                                Faculty
                          college.             determined.
                          Identify             Lower quartile
                          programs with        programs have
                          lower student        action plans
                          retention and        developed.
                          develop action
                          plan to improve

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                                                                                         Projected        Completed
                                                 Performance                            Completion           or In
         Objective          Action Plans          Indicators       Responsibility          Dates           Progress

1.7   Continue to          Develop team         AQIP Systems       VP for Learning    Initiate process
      participate in the   and process to       portfolio is       and Academic       in fall 2005.
      Academic Quality     write systems        completed.         Innovation, AQIP   Complete
      Improvement          portfolio.                              Committee          systems portfolio
      Program (AQIP)                                                                  by November
      to remain                                                                       2006.
      accredited by the
      Higher Learning

1.8   Continue to          Benchmark HTC        Adjustments are    Deans, General     30 days prior to
      supplement           offerings with       made to expand     Education          each semester.
      technical            other technical      or reduce          Faculty,
      education with       college offerings.   general            Counselors
      general                                   education
      education classes    Evaluate course      offerings
      to add value to      enrollment           appropriate for
      HTC graduates.       patterns for         HTC.
                           courses and
                           schedule courses
                           at appropriate
                           times to meet
                           student demand.

                           Review general
                           program with

                           cost/benefit of
                           new courses and
                           implement a
                           metric to

1.9   Create a             Coordinate long-     Short-term plans   VP for Learning    Short term –
      collaborative        term and short-      are updated        & Academic         November 1,
      academic and         term facility        annually, and      Innovation, VP     2006 and
      facilities vision    plans.               long-term plans    Administrative     annually
      with regard to                            updated every      Services,          thereafter.
      program site                              other year.        Facilities
                                                                                      Long term-May
      location and                                                 committee
                                                                                      1, 2006 and
      space utilization.
                                                                                      every even year

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                                                                                     Projected          Completed
                                             Performance                            Completion             or In
         Objective       Action Plans         Indicators        Responsibility         Dates             Progress

1.10 Review and         Review and          Refine              Modify HTC’s      President           June 2007
     reaffirm HTC’s     update vision       curriculum to       vision and
     career and         and mission as a    align with          mission, if       Deans, Faculty
     technical          part of strategic   current career      appropriate,
     education vision   planning efforts.   and technical       based on
     and mission.                           education vision.   business and
                                                                with business
                                                                and industry
                                                                to assure
                                                                alignment of
                                                                curriculum with
                                                                industry needs.

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      M         aster Academic Plan
                   Goal 2: Diversity – Develop an action plan to attract and retain a diverse student
                   population and faculty.

                                                                                           Projected   Completed
                                                    Performance                           Completion      or In
           Objective           Action Plans          Indicators        Responsibility        Dates      Progress

2.1     Maintain a            Develop            100% of faculty       Diversity          May 2007
        supportive            diversity training and staff receive     Committee,
        environment           plan for faculty training.               administration,
        that is               and staff.                               faculty, and staff
        welcoming to all.

2.2     Recruit, retain,      Compile data of      Set goals as        Admissions, data May 2006 and
        and graduate a        each program         appropriate.        experts,         annually
        greater number        regarding            Gather baseline     Diversity        thereafter.
        of                    recruitment,         data.               Committee,
        ethnic/minority       retention and                            Multicultural
        students.             graduation.                              Advisors

2.3     Identify and          Use the Diversity    Diversity           Human            May 2006
        reduce barriers       Committee to         Committee           Resources,
        to achieving a        research where       establishes a       Diversity
        diverse student       barriers exist.      plan to reduce      Committee,
        body, faculty,                             barriers and        Multi Cultural
                              Integrate multi-
        and staff.                                 integrate           Advisors

2.4     Develop plans to      Compile H.R.         Gather baseline     Human            May 2007
        recruit and           data for             data.               Resources,
        retain a diverse      recruitment and                          Diversity
        faculty, and staff.   retention.                               Committee
        Utilize the Office
        of Civil Rights
                              recruitment and
        findings to
                              retention plans
        establish college
                              initiated that
                              diversify the
                              faculty and staff.

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           Goal 3: Responsiveness – Promote academic/technical programs and make changes
           in response to stakeholder needs and opportunities.

                                                                                            Projected        Completed
                                                     Performance                           Completion           or In
           Objective            Action Plans          Indicators         Responsibility       Dates           Progress

3.1   Develop a              Develop and            Plans are            Director of      January, 2006
      comprehensive          maintain short-        annually             Admissions       and annually
      marketing plan to      term and long-term     reviewed and                          thereafter.
      provide internal       marketing plans.       updated.
      and external
      promotions to
      inform students,
      students, and
      continuing students
      about linkages to

3.2   Study alternate        Develop a review       Scheduling           Marketing,       January 2006
      delivery methods to    process to examine     reflects students’   Admissions,      and annually
      optimize time and      effectiveness of       considerations       Counselors,      thereafter.
      location of course     time and location of   by providing         Deans, Faculty
      offerings.             offerings and          alternate times
                             expand sections        and locations for
                             into times and         delivery of
                             locations that are     course work
                             popular for            including
                             students.              summer and
                             Determine an
                             appropriate number
                             of courses to offer
                             during weekends or

3.3   Promote HTC            Make an external                            Director of      August and
      accomplishments by     communication                               Admissions,      annually
                                                   Provide success
      telling our story to   presentation at the                         Director of      thereafter.
                                                   stories through
      appropriate media      fall all-personnel                          Institutional
                                                   various media                          Ongoing
      and stakeholders.      workshop.                                   Advancement
                                                   (New Designs
                             Disseminate success newsletter,             Director of
                             stories to            newspaper, TV,        Admissions,
                             stakeholders to       Internet, etc.)       Director of
                             optimize college      and through           Institutional
                             public relations.     presentations.        Advancement
                             Presentation made
                             at fall all-personnel

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                                                                                           Projected   Completed
                                                      Performance                         Completion      or In
             Objective            Action Plans         Indicators       Responsibility       Dates      Progress

3.4     Pursue partnerships    Deans and faculty     Plans approved Deans, Faculty,      Ongoing
        with District 287      develop a plan to     and on file in   High School
        and other high         contact schools.      the office of VP Representatives
        school counselors,                           for Learning and
        teachers, and          Faculty and deans     Academic
        associations to        visit at least two    Innovation.
        discuss career paths   faculty members
        and opportunities      from career           Results of
        available at HTC.      technical education   meetings are
                               programs at high      documented and
                               schools.              on file in the
                                                     office of VP for
                               Appropriate faculty   Learning and
                               participate in        Academic
                               articulation          Innovation.

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M        aster Academic Plan
           Goal 4: Opportunities and Partnerships – Promote entrepreneurial opportunities
           and partnerships to ensure high-quality teaching and learning.

                                                                                           Projected Completed
                                                      Performance                         Completion    or In
           Objective             Action Plans          Indicators        Responsibility      Dates    Progress

4.1   Develop                Establish overall       Funding goal        Institutional    Ongoing
      partnerships with      funding goal.           achieved.           Advancement
      industry and
      business leaders,      Identify potential      Establish
      foundations, and       major contributors      funding action
      HTC alumni to          and develop funding     plans for select
      support the HTC        action plans.           major
      Foundation to keep                             contributors.
      the cost of HTC
      remains affordable.

4.2   Establish              Pursue:                 Funding and       Deans,             June 2006
      partnerships that      • MJSP grants           resources are     Institutional      and annually
      align with HTC                                 obtained.         Advancement,       thereafter.
                             • Federal funding
      programs and                                                     Customized
                               opportunities         Partnerships are
      services and                                                     Training
                             • State-targeted        established with
      produce economies                                                Coordinators
                               funding initiatives   programs at
      of scale.
                                                     select colleges
                             Pursue partnerships     and universities.
                             with other colleges
                             and universities.       Gifts received in
                                                     the form of cash,
                             Obtain gifts-in-kind.   equipment, and

4.3   Establish contextual   Identify programs       Contextual          Deans, Faculty   Ongoing
      learning experiences   that can incorporate    learning
      in the community       contextual learning     experiences are
      that enhance           experiences.            implemented.
      student learning and
      provide cost
      effective programs.

4.4   Refine and extend      Expand partnerships     Expand Early   Deans                 On-going
      Early College          and articulation        College
      concept to provide     agreements with area    enrollment and
      career pathways for    high schools.           monitor number
      high school                                    of students
      students.                                      participating.

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                                                                                          Projected   Completed
                                                    Performance                          Completion      or In
           Objective           Action Plans          Indicators       Responsibility        Dates      Progress

4.5   Identify business     Obtain                 Training           Deans, Faculty,   Ongoing
      partners to support   commitments from       agreement          Customized
      new program           business partners to   established with   Training
      initiatives.          utilize HTC as a       business           Coordinators
                            trainer of choice.     partners and
                                                   HTC.             Dean of CTS,        Ongoing
                            Gain support from                       Dean of
                            industry partners in   Incorporate      Manufacturing,
                            pursuit of Centers     industry support Faculty,
                            of Excellence in       in Request for   Customized
                            Advanced               Proposals.       Training
                            Manufacturing and                       Coordinators
                            Develop a plan to
                            ensure HTC has a
                            presence in the
                            community and the
                            state as a vital
                            partner in
                            providing career
                            and technical

4.6   Develop internal    Establish program        Redundant         Deans              September
      communication       matrices that show       course offerings                     2005 and
      channels to provide course offerings.        are eliminated                       Ongoing.
      links to course                              between
      offerings that                               Customized
      overlap.                                     Training Services
                                                   and campus.

4.7   Develop               Incorporate            Customized        Deans,             Ongoing
      comprehensive         Customized             Training Services Institutional
      partnerships          Training Services      will be           Advancement
      between               discussions            represented at
      Customized            including              selected
      Training Services     environmental          program
      and credit-based      scanning               advisory
      programs.             information at         committees.
                            select program
                                                   Identify Request
                                                   for Proposals
                                                   and secure
                            Identify funding       funding.
                            resources that will
                            jointly support the
                            initiatives and
                            growth between
                            CTS and programs.

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M        aster Academic Plan
           Goal 5: Program Development – Develop a process to support and enhance
           development and delivery of new programs.

                                                                                        Projected      Completed
                                                   Performance                         Completion         or In
          Objective            Action Plans         Indicators      Responsibility        Dates         Progress

5.1   Identify alternate    Allocate initiative   Complete          VP for Learning   Ongoing
      funding sources for   dollars to fund a     Request for       & Academic
      new program           grant writer as a     Proposal and      Innovation,
      development.          consultant when       secure outside    VP for
                            needed to explore     resources.        Administrative
                            new program                             Services

5.2   Use existing          Identify add-on       Admissions/Recr   VP for Learning   Ongoing
      programs to           certificates that     uiters,           & Academic
      dovetail new          provide increased     Marketing, and    Innovation,
      program options to    value to graduates.   Placement staff   Deans, AASC,
      provide additional                          to identify       New Program
      courses to current                          needed            Committee
      and prospective                             programs and
      students that make                          courses and
      HTC graduates                               communicate
      more valuable to                            needs to
      their employers.                            academic deans.

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                                                                                          Projected    Completed
                                                     Performance                         Completion       or In
             Objective           Action Plans         Indicators      Responsibility        Dates       Progress

5.3     Continue to use the   Document new          New program      VP for Learning    March 2006
        New Program           program               process is       and Academic       and annually
        Committee to          development           approved by      Innovation, VP     thereafter.
        streamline a          process.              AASC.            for
        process to analyze                                           Administrative
        opportunities,        Engage in constant New program         Services, Deans,
        develop business      environmental        committee meets AASC, New
        plans, and make       scanning to identify at least          Program
        recommendations       emerging             quarterly.        Committee
        for new programs.     technologies (such
                              as biosciences,      Decision criteria
                              biometrics, and      are established.
                                                   Six business
                              Use MnSCU’s gap      plans are
                              analysis to identify evaluated by the
                              new and emerging college.
                              Develop business
                              plans for all new
                              Establish decision-
                              making metrics so
                              new program
                              decisions are
                              collaborative and
                              understood by all
                              people involved.
                              Use decision-making
                              metrics to evaluate
                              all new program

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                                                                                          Projected      Completed
                                                    Performance                          Completion         or In
           Objective            Action Plans         Indicators       Responsibility        Dates         Progress

5.4   Establish Centers of   Move packaging       Packaging        VP for Learning August 2005
      Excellence.            program to BPC to    moved to BPC.    and Academic
      (Examples:             provide a one-stop                    Innovation, Dean
      Advanced               shop for             Enrollment goals of CTS, Dean of August 2005
      Manufacturing          manufacturing        are established  Manufacturing
      Center, Emergency      programs.            and achieved.    August 2006
                             Evaluate potential   Metalforming                          August 2005
                             market for           training is
                             expanding welding    implemented.
                                                  Outline for                           February 2006
                             Accommodate the      Emergency
                             metal fabrication    Preparedness
                             needs of the         and
                             industry.            Manufacturing
                                                  Centers of
                             Develop an           Excellence are
                             Emergency            in place and
                             Preparedness         action plans to
                             Center of Excellence accomplish it are
                             at the Eden Prairie written out.
                             campus by
                                                  Fire Services and                     August 2005
                             developing action
                             plans based on       EMS program
                             consultant           are moved to
                             recommendations. EPC.
                             Move Fire Services
                             and EMS programs
                             from Hopkins to

5.5   Collaborate with 4-    Develop a list of    Articulation list   VP for Learning   Ongoing
      year colleges to       articulation         is published.       and Academic
      offer A.A.S./AS        agreements with                          Innovation,
                                                  Four new
      degrees.               four year colleges                       Senior Dean
                                                  colleges and
                             and universities.
                                                  universities are
                             Target colleges and targeted for
                             universities to      initiation of
                             develop articulation articulation
                             agreements that are agreements.
                             beneficial to HTC

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      M      aster Academic Plan
                  Goal 6: Technology – Continue to use technology to enhance teaching and learning.

                                                                                         Projected Completed
                                                     Performance                        Completion    or In
           Objective              Action Plans        Indicators      Responsibility       Dates    Progress

6.1   Develop programs         Identify and         Programs          Deans, Faculty,   Fall 2010
      with “all laptop”        implement two-four   identified and    Dean of
      curriculum.              appropriate          implementation    Technology,
                               programs through     timelines         Student
                               existing academic    established.      Representatives

6.2   Develop a process to     Benchmark other      Targets set for   Senior Dean and August 2006
      support online           colleges to          number of         E-Learning      and annually
      course and program       determine the        online courses    Specialist      thereafter.
      development, and         effectiveness of     and programs.
      online teaching.         offering online
      Establish college        courses and
      goals for the number     programs.
      of credits sold and
                               Develop online
      number of courses to
                               academic and
      drive online learning.
                               student support
                               Provide staff
                               development in
                               online education.

6.3   Establish academic       Develop and adjust Standards           Senior Dean,      August 2006
      standards and            standards for online approved by       E-Learning        and reviewed
      policies for online      teaching and course AASC.              Committee         annually.
      courses.                 policies.
                               Assess student

6.4   Promote use of           Research best        Expanded use of Deans,              Ongoing
      students’ technology     practices in         technology by   Technology
      in the classroom         technology           students and    Committee
      (Notebooks, Palm         integration and      faculty.
      Pilots...).              make

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                                                                                        Projected Completed
                                                     Performance                       Completion    or In
            Objective            Action Plans         Indicators      Responsibility      Dates    Progress

6.5   Develop a plan to       Develop a facility    Plan developed    Technology       May 2006
      upgrade all             plan and timeline.    for classroom     Committee,
      classrooms to                                 upgrades.         Facilities
      support state-of-the-                                           Committee
      art teaching and

6.6   Implement campus        Allocate funds for    Wireless          Technology       March 2010
      wireless technology.    continued wireless    network           Committee
                              implementation at     installed and
                              BPC and EPC.          access
                                                    established for
                                                    all wireless

6.7   Use technology to       Research best         Plan developed,   Deans,           Ongoing
      deliver education to    practices for new     including         Technology
      students.               and emerging          actions,          Committee
                              technology delivery   timelines, and
                              methods.              staffing.

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                  Environmental Scan
F    ederal Political Environment (Federal Funding Outlook)
           The MAP goal group began work during an election year. The outcome of the election influences
           federal higher education policy and support for federal revenue streams. The reauthorization of
           the Higher Education Act and Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act, is required in
           the current legislative session. Key elements that will impact HTC are Pell grant limits and the
           extent of Pell grant funding and the Perkins funds. The current administration recommended
           cutting Perkins funds and elimination of all programs funded under Perkins. This includes the
           elimination of Tech Prep, Tech Prep Demonstration project, Occupational and Employment
           Information (Section 118), and other national programs (Driscoll, 2004). The outcome of these
           proposals is unknown at this time. However, it is unlikely that the programs will be eliminated
           as proposed by President Bush’s administration. In addition to the above, potential exists to
           obtain federal funds to support advanced manufacturing and homeland security initiatives.
           However, specific federal funding sources have not been identified.

S   tate Political Environment (State Funding Outlook)
           Governor Tim Pawlenty pledged no new taxes and appears to be standing firm. The State of
           Minnesota is expecting a revenue deficit of somewhere between $400 million and $1 billion,
           creating additional stress on the State’s financial resources. Healthcare, transportation, and
           other costs continue to rise, further eroding the financial resources. In this environment, the
           legislature is prioritizing appropriations, and higher education is not expected to realize
           significant increases. In a recent State of the System address, the Chancellor indicated that the
           cost of higher education is being passed more and more to the individual attending college,
           making it more of a private good than the once widely held notion that education is a public
           good (McCormick, 2004). With enrollment expected to increase, appropriations will grow
           slightly, and non-state revenue increases will be expected to offset increased costs. The share of
           state funds available continues to decline. The lowering of the percent of revenue from state
           appropriation available to college and universities and a structure that limits tuition indicates
           colleges will need to explore strategies to find other revenue streams, increase efficiency, and
           contain costs.

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D       emographic Changes
            The populations of the counties in the areas from which HTC draws are depicted in Table 1.

                                                  Table 1
                                            Population Estimates

                                                            July 1                               Percent
         Area    1-Apr-00      1-Jul-00       1-Jul-01      2002         2010        Change      Change

        Anoka      298,084       299,812       305,375      309,790      345,060       46,976        15.76%

        Carver       70,205       70,870        73,165       75,620       92,250       22,045        31.40%

     Hennepin     1,116,200     1,117,917     1,124,213     1122259      1119720        3,520        0.32%

         Scott       89,498       91,105        97,465      103,681      122,300       32,802      36.65%

     Sherburne       64,417       65,302        68,022        71,471      86,320       21,903      34.00%

        Wright       89,986       90,768        93,758       98,083      109,700       19,714        21.91%

 Service Area     1,728,390    1,735,774      1,761,998   1,780,904    1,875,350      146,960        8.50%

     Minnesota    4,919,479    4,933,648     4,985,202    5,024,791    5,452,500      533,020        10.83%

                   Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota Department of Administration

J    ob Market Data
            The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development produced a Twin Cities
            Labor Market Assessment in November of 2003. Major highlights include:
                 Growth in the working age (15-64) population will grow at about 1.5% per year until 2010.
                 Workforce growth will slow dramatically by 2015 as the Baby Boomer generation begins to
                 By 2025, the number of retirement-age workers is expected to exceed the number of
                 replacement workers entering the work force.
            The report provided a summary of the industries with the greatest recent growth in the Twin
            Cities private sector and is reproduced as Table 2.

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                                                  Table 2
              Table 2 Industries with greatest recent growth: Twin Cities, Private Sector

                                       Covered      Covered                    Percent        Average
                                        Employ.      Employ.     Change        Growth          Annual
            Industries (NAICS)        2000 Avg.    2000 Avg.    2000-02       2000-02       Wage 2002
    Nursing and Residential Care
                 Facilities (623)        32,785       36,886        4,101         12.50%      $23,370
 Credit Intermediation & Related
                   Activity (522)        31,175       35,131       3,956          12.70%      $54,694

                   Hospitals (622)       38,838       41,794       2,956           7.60%      $39,530
 Ambulatory Health Care Services
                          (621)          49,702       52,319        2,617          5.30%      $52,778
      Food Services and Drinking
                     Places (722)        95,836       98,356       2,520           2.60%       $13,063

          Social Assistance (624)        27,307       29,725        2,418          8.90%      $20,929

                  Real Estate (531)      17,927       19,721       1,794          10.00%       $37,196

       Educational Services (611)        20,537       22,063       1,526           7.40%      $30,258
    Insurance Carriers & Related
                 Activities (524)        44,584       45,878       1,294           2.90%       $61,281
        Amusement, Gambling &
           Recreation Ind (713)          15,867       16,965       1,098           6.90%       $14,658
   Performing Arts and Spectator
                    Sports (711)          5,450        6,358         908          16.70%      $59,358
    Membership Organizations &
             Associations (813)          19,480       20,370         890           4.60%      $23,538
      Specialty Trade Contractors
                           (238)         49,105       49,966         861           1.80%       $47,984

  Construction of Buildings (236)        16,970       17,472         502           3.00%      $54,698

      Subtotal: Growth Industries       465,563      493,004      27,441           5.90%      $36,055
  Total, All Industries, Private
                          Sector      1,413,632    1,371,538     -42,094          -3.00%      $42,717

                         Source: DEED, Covered Employment and Wages (CEW) 2002.

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              The report also provided projected distribution of job growth in the Twin Cities region
              and this is shown in Table 3.

                                                     Table 3
                   Projected distribution of job growth: Twin Cities Region 2000-2010

                                                                              Annual             Annual
                                                            2010              Percent           Numeric
                                                          Projected         Employment         Employment
               Occupation (SOC) Code                     Employment           Growth             Growth
 Management (11)                                                 112,995             1.30%               1,342
 Business and Financial Operations (13)                          110,903             1.70%               1,596
 Computer and Mathematical (15)                                   95,193             6.00%               3,554
 Architecture and Engineering Operations (17)                     40,455             0.00%                  11
 Life, Physical, & Social Science (19)                            19,018             1.40%                 234
 Community & Social Services (21)                                 28,542             2.40%                 546
 Legal (23)                                                       17,531             1.70%                 252
 Education, Training, & Library (25)                              96,729             1.80%               1,498
 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media (27)                31,731             1.90%                 516
 Healthcare Practitioners & Technical (29)                        94,356             2.20%               1,690
 Healthcare Support (31)                                          46,495             2.70%                 990
 Protective Service (33)                                          32,343             2.40%                 626
 Food Preparation & Serving Related (35)                         124,514             1.50%               1,588
 Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance (37)                   60,665             1.20%                 668
 Personal Care & Service (39)                                     66,513             1.70%                 955
 Sales & Related (41)                                            241,555             1.30%               2,740
 Office & Administrative Support (43)                            325,281             0.80%               2,389
 Farming, Fishing, & Forestry (45)                                 3,542             0.70%                  22
 Construction & Extraction (47)                                   77,777             1.00%                 715
 Installation, Maintenance, & Repair (49)                         73,437             0.90%                 588
 Production (51)                                                 151,043             -0.10%                -158
 Transportation & Material Moving (53)                           120,848             1.10%               1,221
 Total, All Occupations                                        1,969,000             1.30%              23,500

                                     Source: DEED, Employment Outlook to 2010.

              Additional job market information is found in the MGT Report and is also available through
              MnSCU’s Academic Program Review and Approval division. Phone: 651-296-9596

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“We strive to be like
the mighty redwood,
a symbol of strength
and longevity in our

           Ron Kraft, President of
        Hennepin Technical College