Strategic, Planning, Goals, and Priorities

Strategic planning, goals, priorities

A Regional Force in Education and Beyond

When you think of college, what kind of institution comes to mind?

In our experience, most people think of an ivy-covered four-year institution. It's rare that this question conjures up an image of a community college.

Yet, the 1,132 accredited community colleges in the U.S. enroll 44% of all domestic undergraduates. About half of all students at four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. attend community colleges prior to earning their degrees. In recent years that has translated into an annual community college enrollment of about 8 million students in credit programs and another 5 million for non-credit courses.

What is presented in NVCC's 2013-2016 Strategic Plan builds on the previous plan, maintaining the well-tested framework of five goals to serve as grounding forces in all that we do. Each goal then includes three initiatives, many of which got started or built momentum under our 2010–13 Strategic Plan. These goals and corresponding initiatives will drive activities on campus, focusing where in the higher education educational continuum—from pre-collegiate to program completion, graduation, employment and transfer—we think we can leverage significant impact to improve the 10 college-wide outcomes we will collectively strive for


Institutional Master Plans

Institutional Master Plans

Academic Master Plan Goals


  • Goal 1: Provide Relevant Academic Offerings that Meet the Need of a Global Economy and the Workplace 
  • Goal 2: Ensure Student Engagement and Success 
  • Goal 3: Enhance Academic Leadership and Professional Development
  • Goal 4: Encourage Community Engagement and Partnerships 
  • Goal 5: Promote Student Learning and Academic Effectiveness 
  • Goal 6: Maximize Effective Use of Technology to Ensure Student Success

View the Academic Master Plan



Enrollment Management Master Plan Goals

  • Goal 1: To increase the enrollment of the traditional 24-year-old-or-less student population.
  • Goal 2: To increase enrollment of the non-traditional 25-plus-year-old student population.
  • Goal 3: To increase the on-line enrollment of both traditional and non-traditional populations.
  • Goal 4: To increase FTE enrollment in Danbury. 


  • Goal 1: To increase the traditional age student retention rate. 
  • Goal 2: To increase the non-traditional student retention rate. 


  • Goal 1: To increase graduation rates to meet the 100% completion rate. 

View the Enrollment Management Master Plan

Information Technology Master Plan Goals



Strategic Goal Area

Projected Outcomes


NVCC Information Technology supports teaching and learning with technology.


  • Four-year computer replacement cycle is maintained
  • Purposeful technology deployed in classrooms


NVCC Information Technology services are easy and simple to access.


  • Satisfaction with services is above 90%


NVCC Information Technology assists students to learn to use technology.


  • Kiosks use increases 50%
  • Increase in students helped by remote IT Services
  • Ability to help students learn about technology increases 50%


NVCC Information Technology is a partner with departments and communities that use our services.


  • Increase in partnerships
  • NVCC IT is an agent for change


NVCC Information Technology identifies and cultivates alternate funding sources to support information technology initiatives.


  • Grants applied for increase 100%

View the Information Technology Master Plan 



Institutional Effectiveness Goals

  • Goal 1: Promote every department/division to develop a mission statement and identify goals and outcomes 
  • Goal 2: Facilitate connections between departmental activities and institutional outcomes 
  • Goal 3: Ensure that every department systematically assesses its outcomes 
  • Goal 4: Ensure that every department/unit uses results to develop strategies for improvement 
  • Goal 5: Identify, review and report performance measures indicators to ensure institutional effectiveness 
  • Goal 6: Connect results with request for resources 

View the Institutional Effectiveness Master Plan

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