Coastline Community College
Coastline Community College, headquartered in Orange County, California, remains a very
future-oriented institution. Since Coastline’s founding in 1976, many of the innovations in
education it pioneered have become well-established practices in higher education. Thirteen
Emmy awards earned by the College for courses designed, produced, and delivered through the
medium of television fill one of Coastline's trophy cases. More than 530 colleges in the United
States lease or use these courses.
With no central campus, Coastline's staff originated a system, copied by many, to serve the
nearly 12,000 students enrolled in classes offered at 32–50 sites each semester.
As early advocates and designers of learning strategies for various modes of instruction, at least
40 percent of Coastline’s students enroll in at least one college credit course offered through a
mode of distance learning. Another 2,300 military personnel based around the globe and at sea
enroll in the College's transfer programs through contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The 2003 valedictorian reported she had never taken a site-based class because of a physical
disability. Coastline's program for students with acquired brain injuries annually receives
national media attention and has been featured on CNN, the Today Show on NBC, and the news
magazine 48 Hours on CBS.
As a learner-focused and future-oriented institution, Coastline conducts appropriate and
compatible entrepreneurial activities to generate funds for the development of innovative
initiatives which are central to Coastline's success. This entrepreneurial energy provides
Coastline with a unique, competitive advantage among community colleges, as it encourages
new ideas and provides real-world marketplace testing to help shape the success of future
programs and services.
Recognizing the College's historical success in innovation, Coastline's faculty and staff
participated in an eight-month planning effort to create a highly focused and compatible Master
Plan for July 1, 2004, to June 30, 2007. An inclusive collaborative process involving faculty,
staff, and administrators with Town Hall meetings open to students and other College
stakeholders identified and focused on a select number of goals considered most likely to
enhance the strategic position of the College for the future.
Coastline's faculty and staff were actively engaged in planning the College’s future through
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the College’s Blue-Ribbon Management Team;
the Master Plan Steering Committee, which was co-chaired by the President of the
Academic Senate and included classified staff in addition to faculty and administrators;
planning groups representing education, technology, and resource development multi-
constituents and the CCC Foundation;
and three institutional Town Hall meetings attended by all constituencies.
Throughout the planning sessions, faculty and staff engaged in open dialogue about the future of
the College. Preliminary work submitted on an anonymous basis by faculty and staff participants
prior to each session addressed strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This process
encouraged candid reporting on the part of those charged with shaping the future of Coastline.
The facilitated planning sessions provided a comprehensive view of the College and its
environment and led to a progressively focused vision of the “Future Coastline Community
College.” Beginning with essential elements of the College’s history and tradition, the planning
sessions worked to cull ideas and prioritize plans, yielding a short list of strategic goals that
promised highly satisfying future results. The sessions investigated educational programs and
services, technology, resource development, and the role of the Foundation. The planning
sessions spawned a number of working teams charged with developing the initiatives required to
attain the identified College priorities by July 1, 2007.
The Master Plan development process included a careful review of the College's Mission
Statement, which was just slightly revised to read as follows:
Coastline Community College is committed to student learning through accessible and flexible
education within and beyond the traditional classroom.
Coastline Community College fulfills its mission by providing:
High-quality instructional programs and services that meet the needs of students in
diverse local and global populations;
General education and transfer courses for a comprehensive Associate in Arts degree
plus career and technical courses for occupational certificates;
Learner-centered strategies supported by a full range of technology-mediated instruction
for site-based and distance learning classes;
A systematic assessment of student outcomes at the course, program, and institutional
Entrepreneurial activities and courses relevant to local and global education, economic,
and social needs;
A collegial decision-making process that reflects the philosophy of participatory
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Extensive institutional, service area, national, and international trend research served as a
foundation for determining the College's priorities and the initiatives to attain these priorities in
less than 36 months. The goal of the Master Plan consultants and the College's President is to
have a few priorities that all College stakeholders could name quickly along with some high-
In response to this goal, the Master Plan includes four key priorities and twenty-one initiatives
required to attain the four priorities in three years. Throughout all segments of the college, there
is excitement and genuine enthusiasm for these four priorities.
Everyone has been invited to submit implementation strategies to launch and accomplish the
needed initiatives. The hundreds of suggestions are captured in the Appendix of the Master Plan
document. Also, detailed facility drawings to support the Master Plan appear in the Appendix.
Addressing the Future
Between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2007, the priorities for Coastline Community College are as
Priority 1. CCC will create, expand, and enhance educational programs and student support
services that reflect the College’s global orientation in order to attract, retain, and
successfully graduate its students.
Priority 2. CCC will attain recognition as a national leader in the design, development, and
distribution of technology-mediated instructional programs for the classroom and
for distance learning.
Priority 3. CCC will develop and implement a model student services program that
will enhance student access and success utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
Priority 4. CCC will establish new and expanded partnerships with business and industry,
governmental agencies, other institutions of higher education,
and K-12 districts.
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