Strategic Planning Process 2011

Strategic Plan 2011-2015 Project - Index

Enhancing Student Success

Project Team

Planning Process Facilitators

Communication Plan Facilitator

Strategic Plan Steering Committee Charges

Information Session with Rich Maher, Strategic Planning Consultant - January 27, 2010

Strategic Planning Retreat - February 19, 2010 (by nomination only)

Other Resources

A Guide to Planning for Change

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2012-2016 Project

Enhancing student success by

  • fostering student learning
  • strengthening partnerships with the communities we serve
  • exhibiting excellence in stewardship

SP Graphic

Strategic Plan Steering Committee

Project Team

Academic Affairs Representative-Faculty Member - Donna Vassallo/Co-chair

Academic Affairs Representative-Administration - Dorothea Dunayer

Administration & Finance Representative - Michael Kernan

Continuing Education, Resource Development & CMCC Operations - Jean McAllister

Dean of Students Representative - Nancy Porfido

Facilities Planning and Research - Paula Pitcher/Co-chair

Human Resources - Bart Musitano

Information Technology Services Representative - Nick Ganaway

WACC, Community Affairs & Security Representative - Janet Brenner

Specialist, Conference & Meeting Services - Kay Pandit

Planning Process Facilitators

Internal, Director, Institutional Planning and Assessment - Luis Montefusco

External - Strategic Planning Consultant - Richard Maher, Maher & Maher

Communication Plan Facilitator

Executive Director, College Relations - Kathleen Corbalis

Strategic Plan Steering Committee Charges

Strategic Plan Steering Committee Charges

  • Guide, coordinate and conduct the development of Atlantic Cape's strategic plan 2011-2015 in collaboration with the college community.
  • Seek periodic formative feedback from and make final recommendations to Senior Staff about the College's 2011-2015 Strategic Planning process framework, guidelines, time line and outcomes from each phase of the process.
  • Use existing committees, task forces or working groups essential to foster college wide stakeholder involvement and participation during each phase of the strategic planning process (learn/visualize/set course/implement).
  • Develop specific guiding questions (guidelines) to working groups for each of the phases of the strategic planning process (learn/visualize/set course/implement).
  • Review outcome (deliverables) from each of the planning process phases and make the necessary recommendations to Senior Staff to foster collaboration, alignment and progress in each phase.
  • Establish an effective communication plan using technology based solutions in support of raising stakeholders' awareness and commitment of the strategic planning process and outcomes.

Information Session - January 27th - J207

Information Session

January 27th

Rich Maher

Strategic Planning


Strategic Planning Consultant - Rich Maher of Maher & Maher will give three mini sessions to inform the college community on our strategic planning process. All college employees are invited to attend one of three sessions:

10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

These sessions will be broadcast at WACC and CMCC. Please RSVP by e-mailing Paula Pitcher at, or by calling 343.5015. Hope to see you there.

The Strategic Planning Retreat

Strategic Planning Retreat

A Strategic Planning Retreat is being planned for February 19, 2010. This event will be a collaborative event with a representative cross section of community stakeholders, faculty, staff and students of the College. The focus of the retreat will be collect input from our community stakeholders to build a strategic plan to meet the needs of our community.

Other Resources

A Guide to Planning for Change

Strategic planning is the process through which institutions confront and frame their major strategic decisions. As Keller (1983) said in his landmark work, Academic Strategy, "Academic strategy decision making means that a college, school or university and its leaders are active rather that passive about their position in history." Even planning that is nicely integrated and aligned will prove inadequate to institutional success if it is not strategic. Strategic planning expresses institutional intent (p17).

To be strategic, planning must:

  • Define the institution's relationship to its environment;
  • Generally take the organization as a whole as the unity of analysis;
  • Depend on input from a variety of functional areas; and
  • Provide directions for, and constraints on, administrative and operational activities throughout the institution (p18).

Strategic planning processes bring together the disciplines of anaylsis, intuition, creativity, and practicality to craft strategies that can position an institution for success in the face of competition and changing conditions (p36).

Mission and Values

Articulating mission and values provides an essential fundamental context for crafting strategy.

  • Who are you?
  • What are we about?

These are not simple questions and the answers should be neither perfunctory nor unreflective (p36).

A Guide to Planning for Change, 2008 Donald M. Norris and Nick L. Poulton Society for College and University Planning.