4. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2002 - 2007 How this Plan was Produced To be purposeful a strategic plan must be endorsed, supported and under- stood by those it is intended to guide. Based on this premise the College undertook to ensure that all stakeholder groups in the institution had the opportunity to contribute to the development of our corporate priorities. This strategic planning process was spearheaded by a working committee composed of one manager, one faculty, one CUPE member and the President’s Message College of the Rockies College President. This group received its direction from an advisory team composed of members from all constituent groups within the College. On behalf of the College The working committee established a work plan and a communication Strategic Directions of the Rockies Strategic plan that would see the project through to completion. This involved Planning Committee, I am establishing a regular meeting schedule for both teams, regular e-mail pleased to present this updates and announcements and the development of a website on the document outlining the progress of the strategic plan accessible at www.cotr.bc.ca direction for the College Data collection was the primary function of the working committee. for 2002 - 2007. At The four primary methods of data collection Our Environment: best technology access for students. The Dr. Nicholas Rubidge COTR it is our aim to pro- vide our students with an exciting and for this project were College of the Rockies (COTR) is a dynamic College places high priority on quality of quality educational experience. I 1. Review of existing information and developing an environmental Conclusion post-secondary institution, operating within the Province of British Columbia. The College, instruction, access, affordability and program expansion. believe the priorities set out in this doc- ument will assist us in achieving this goal. scan: The team conducted a detailed environmental scan of the region *By the year 2005, the Technology will continue to through our 220 employees, offers a full to assess the political, economic, societal, technological, and competi- province’s population is ex- have a major impact on both range of training and educational services to The East Kootenay has been adversely affect- Our priorities are the result of a tive environment within which the College is working. A complete copy pected to reach almost 4.5 learners and educators. the people of the East Kootenay. ed by the softwood lumber dispute, the shut process that has involved extensive of the Environmental Scan can be found on the website. consultations over the course of almost million people. The number Technological innovation, down of one of the major mines in the area of 15 - 24 year-olds in BC especially the Internet, has one year. These consultations include 2. Conducting community consultations throughout the East COTR is located in the spectacular Canadian (Cominco) and a slow down in the region’s input from a wide range of groups, Kootenay: The team organized a series of community meetings (32 in will increase by 9.5% during dramatically increased edu- economy. This has led to one of the highest E.I. Rocky Mountains and offers a profile of qual- organizations and agencies in the total) with industry and business partners, school officials, Aboriginal this period. This growth, cou- cational opportunities for ity programs to fit our magnif- rates in the province. Like other communities of the East Kootenay, people, community organizations and agencies, students, alumni, local pled with higher people and in- past and present students, concerned icent setting amongst some of colleges in BC, COTR is adapt- governments, our employees, and local citizens. The purpose of these post-secondary creased flexibili- citizens, the College Board of meetings was to assess the needs of communities, the labour market participation ty for institutions. the most spectacular scenery in ing to the expectations of a Governors and our employees. conditions, the environment, and the role of the College througout the rates, will increase This technology the world. new government, supporting a region. A copy of the feedback report is available on the strategic the demand for has the potential region in economic transition In the 25 years that our College has planning website. spaces at post- to increase access The East Kootenay region is ...well known for while facing budgetary been in existence we have continued secondary insti- ...to ensure all to educational home to a population base of providing some restraints, operating within a to grow as a result of putting people 3. Survey development: To enhance the quality of programming being first, providing quality programming, offered to the communities of the East Kootenay, the working team tutions. EK citizens opportunities for approximately 78,000 citizens. of the best highly competitive environment, the citizens of the establishing partnerships that are in developed two survey instruments that were used to assess the com- The region’s people are spread and adjusting to the impact *Over the next have access to East Kootenay. technology access technology is having on the the best interest of the College and munities' satisfaction with the College and assess the needs of our con- over a geography of 42,000 the region and effectively managing stituents. The first survey was distributed to community partners, the five years, the post-secondary College of the square kilometers that includes for students... learning. our human and financial resources. number of retire- second to secondary school students. A summary of findings from these education... Rockies will have several snow capped mountain Our strategic direction again makes ” two surveys has also been included on the website. ment age work- to work closely these four important themes the focus ranges white water rivers, lakes Between 1996 - 2001, enrol- ers, 55-plus, will with communities ” of our priorities. Our College exists 4. Conducting vision sessions with College employees and Board and an amazing landscape. ment at the College has continue to grow to assess their to serve the needs of citizens who members: Following the collection of this data (environmental scan, faster than the technology increased by 15%. It is antici- reside in the East Kootenay region. community feedback, and surveys) the team coordinated vision sessions job entry popu- capacity and COTR’s main campus is located in Cranbrook, pated that this trend will continue into 2002 - Our programs and services have with our employees and Board of Governors to review the major influ- with satellite campuses in Creston, Fernie, 2007 as more people require access to post- been designed with our communities lation, 12 - 24 to ensure the ences impacting the College and set priorities for the future. in mind. College of the Rockies is an year olds. Projecting out College is developing rele- Sparwood, Kimberley, Golden and Invermere. secondary training. It is also anticipated that exciting and vibrant institution dedi- 10 years, retiree’s will vant on-line distance learn- during this time, 2002 - 2007, funding from cated to the advancement of student potentially outnumber new ing programs. All campuses are located in communities that government will decrease. learning and success through excel- labour market entrants. How this Plan will be Used This trend will challenge COTR and all post-second- Ultimately it is the goal of the College to ensure all feature an abundance of outdoor and indoor recreation including, skiing, hiking, golfing, The priorities set out in this document centre lence and quality instruction. The goals in this plan have been built on this premise. Our strategic priorities will be used to assist in decision making, assist white water rafting, soaking in the many nat- on people, quality, affiliations, alliances, and ary institutions to develop East Kootenay citizens have resources. These priorities support the edu- in focusing our efforts and monitoring institutional effectiveness. These ural hot springs in the area, mountain climbing, To all those who have played a role in priorities will act as a guide in the development of other important strategies that provide access to affordable post- swimming and much more. COTR offers stu- cational direction prescribed to our institu- working with our College to build this College-wide plans such as the marketing plan, technology plan, the training to ensure that the secondary education and dents the unique opportunity to blend lifestyle tion by our government and are balanced plan and shape our future, thank you. capital plan, and the community relations plan. Individual skill demands of the training that assists them in province and the East participating fully in the and learning in one of the most beautiful loca- by the need to serve our students and the areas/departments will use these strategic priorities to develop inter- Dr. Nicholas Rubidge nal action plans that link to our vision. Kootenay region are met. economy and in society. tions on Earth, the Canadian Rocky Mountains. many rural communities of the East President and CEO *Source: BC Stats - Government of BC COTR is well known for providing some of the Kootenay region. College of the Rockies 2. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2002 - 2007 2002 - 2007 STRATEGIC PRIORITIES .3 Vision “ Collegequality educationwill all adult access to of the Rockies for provide learners in the East Kootenay, while effectively managing our resources. ” Strategic Priorities Quality, People, Affiliations Alliances and Resources MISSION STATEMENT: “ Empowering citizens and communities through knowledge and skills.” 1) The College of the Rockies will ensure that our students expe- rience the highest quality training and education possible. This will include offering excellent support services and offer- Educational Priorities and Directions ing education and training that is relevant to the students, PRIORITY #1: Quality PRIORITY #2: Accountability PRIORITY #4: Flexibility Adult Basic Education: The College will expand our employers, and society. The College will ensure that our learners experience The College will use financial resources responsibly and The College will expand the flexibility of its educational preparation courses for Health and Trades. the highest quality training and education possible. deliver education and training that meet the needs of programs and services to meet learner needs. Degrees: Increased access to choice for higher learning 2) The College of the Rockies will recruit, retain, and develop Learner success will be the measurement for the qual- learners of our region. ACTIONS is critical for career advancement and opportunity for talented, qualified and motivated staff and faculty. ity and relevance of our program and services. ACTIONS The number of courses delivered by distance learning each transition into new fields or occupations. By combining ACTIONS The College will meet a minimum of 95% of its pro- year will double in two years and double again in five years. and reorganizing existing program choices, access to a 3) The College of the Rockies will respect unique populations All courses, programs and training provided will be gram profile if not 100% for each year 2002 - 2007 The College will maintain the following flexible delivery degree with the rigor and quality delivered by tradi- such as aboriginals, international students and people in developed and delivered following the Principles The College will achieve student satisfaction rates of options for learners (e.g. rotating programs between tional degree granting institutions, would be made of Quality Education and the Principles of Quality 80 - 90% for students attending the College. campuses, semi-distance offerings, on-line courses, available in our region. Specific applied degrees will employment transition and will provide programs and servic- in Distance Education Guidelines developed and The College will achieve student success rates of 85 - 95% video-conference courses, distance courses, Saturday, be explored in: Business and University Studies; Tourism es that address their uniqueness. approved by COTR in 2000. (employability, satisfaction and transfer rates that will be weekend, evening classes, and summer school). All pro- Business; and Child, Youth and Family Studies. Other Critical success factors that measure the quality of measured six to nine months after they depart the College) grams will explore and include, as appropriate, flexible applied degree concepts with the Trades, Health and 4) The College of the Rockies will build and enhance relations programming will be identified and used to The College will review and analyze the success and delivery options for learners by 2003. Computer areas will also be explored. with organizations in our communities, the region and the improve courses and programs. relevance of our programs on a regular basis and The College will expand the use of technology to Information Technology: In 2003/2004 the Applied province. Core employability skills for each course or pro- make changes when necessary. improve learning. This includes implementing on-line Computer Certificate will be offered followed in two gram will be identified and implemented into cur- The College will solicit student feedback on instructor application and registration, electronic distribution of years by a Data Networking Technician program and 5) The College of the Rockies will coordinate with other educa- riculum. performance regularly documents, exams, and assignments, an electronic refer- a web-based media program. tional institutions in ways that support our vision. Practical work experience will be incorporated into ence, student support services, work placement and help Continuing Education: In 2002/2003 continuing edu- all programs when possible and as required by PRIORITY #3: Access desk, implementation of e-commerce applications for the cation at the College will be reviewed and program- 2006. The College will continue to offer a wide variety of edu- purchase of textbooks, and increase the electronic ming will be expanded. Examples: Industrial 6) The College of the Rockies will foster pride in our College The College will recruit, retain, and develop talent- cational programs and courses to support the diverse research resources available to students by 2004. Management Certificate, expanded Health and Trades among students, employees, and community members. ed, qualified and motivated staff. All regular fac- needs of the communities we serve. With the assistance of PLN through expanded band- upgrading courses, community college leadership pro- ulty will complete a portfolio by 2007 and partici- ACTIONS width, video-conferencing courses will be available at gram. 7) The College of the Rockies will foster ministry support, pursue pate in professional development activities as iden- The College will develop an Aboriginal program by all campuses within two years (2004). A Criminology diploma will be added in 2002/2003. new revenue sources, and use financial resources responsibly. tified in their professional development plans that 2006/2007 The College will continue to participate in the provincial will develop exemplary teaching skills. The College will increase international education enrol- on-line project(s). PRIORITY #6: Renewal 8) The College of the Rockies will develop efficient systems for The College will establish program advisory com- ment by 5% annually. The College will continue to support new program devel- collecting and managing information. mittees for each program and hold at least two The College will deliver programming to support learn- PRIORITY #5: Program Expansion opment and change by seeking new sources of revenue meetings annually. In addition, the College will con- ers in employment transitions. The College will expand its programming to meet the increas- and reallocating existing funding. 9) The College of the Rockies will maintain, renew, and enhance duct regular community consultations to ensure that The enrolment in all College Learning Support Centers ing and changing needs of the community's skilled workers. ACTIONS external feedback is provided on the quality and will increase by 100% over the next five years. ACTIONS The College will continue to support entrepreneurship technology systems. relevance of programming. The College will partner with at least one institution Health: The College will implement in 2002/2003 a and innovation in program development. A formal recognition plan that recognizes excel- each year to expand access to additional post-sec- Nursing degree in partnership with BCIT. In the next five The College will take opportunities to expand program 10) The College of the Rockies will continue to deliver programs lence in teaching and learning will be implemented ondary programming in the region. years a Child Youth and Family Studies diploma and addi- areas to a cost-recovery basis. in the East Kootenay. in 2003. The College will partner with the school districts in the tional health program(s) will be explored and implemented. The College will identify and implement programs that The College will promote the unique qualities of our Kootenay region to increase access and transitions from Trades: by 2006/2007 the College will implement could be delivered through joint ventures or on a 11) The College of the Rockies will promote the unique qualities region into our programs. the K -12 system to post-secondary education. apprenticeship programs in conjunction with all of the shared basis with other post-secondary institutions. of our region in our programs and promotional activities. existing entry-level trades training programs and add The College will provide courses related to the contin- one additional entry-level trades program. uous learning needs of people in our region. 12) The College of the Rockies will ensure that we operate in ways that respect our natural environment. These 12 corporate priorities will build the foundation for all internal planning documents and action plans. From these pri- orities, we will set goals, measurements, assign both resources and accountability to achieve our vision. It is our aim to have all departmental plans in place by July 31, 2002.