Institutional Planning Committee (IPC)

Statement of Purpose

The mission of the NVCC Institutional Planning Committee is to create and normalize the ongoing planning process to ensure quality of programs, effective use of resources and student success. Chaired by the President of the College, there shall be a steering committee and four working committees. The steering committee shall convene two times per semester to receive reports and to discuss recommendations regarding the outcomes of the current strategic plan, and the creation of the next strategic plan. The four working committees are designed to ensure campus-wide consultation and accountability in the following areas:  Committee on Responsive Academic Leadership and Programs, Committee on Student Success, Committee on Institutional Effectiveness and Committee on Environmental Scanning.

Implementation of Integration Process:

Preceding each new academic year, there is a Cabinet meeting at which the President renews her charge to members of her Cabinet to lead the efforts of the Institutional Planning Committee and to work to provide and create mechanisms to fold activities and strategic initiatives into the NVCC Strategic Plan (2016-2026). Members of the President’s Cabinet are charged with scheduling meetings with their respective units and across IPC committees to ensure that there is wide consultation and input from multiple constituencies.

Institutional planning at Naugatuck Valley Community College is informed by the NEASC accreditation letter, State of Connecticut mandates on remediation and transferabilityThe Board of Regents Strategic Initiatives, The College’s Strategic Plan, and the President’s annual goals. A final report on our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan is available here

Planning is supported by the work of the Management Team (the President’s Cabinet) leading campus colleagues in collaborative work dedicated to creating an environment supportive of student success. Annual goals are delineated in the priorities agreed upon between the President of the Board of Regents and the President of the College, and between the President of the College and colleagues on the Management Team. Annual goals are defined as Wildly Important Goals and serve as the College's Operational Plan. These goals are carried out by four sub-committees.

Committees of the IPC

Steering Committee

Institutional Planning Council 2016-2018

President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Chair

Cabinet Members:

Kim Carolina

Angela Chapman

Sarah Gager

Waldemar Kostrzewa

Conal Larkin

Beth Monchun

Dr. Ron Picard

Dr. Irene Rios-Knauf

Dr. Lisa Rodrigues-Doolabh

Noel Rosamilio

Antonio Santiago

James Troup

2016-2018 Steering Committee Membership (non-Cabinet members)

David Clough (or Faculty Senate Representative)

Levi Reynolds, SGA Secretary

Megan Boyd

Dr. Peter Angelastro

Jared Simpson

James Cousins

Sydney Voghel-Ochs

Committees of the IPC

Institutional Effectiveness

Provost & Senior Dean James Troup, Chair

Academic Affairs- Kathy Taylor

Administration- Angela Moffat

Student Services - Bonnie Goulet

Institutional Research- Lisa Rodrigues-Doolabh

Responsive Academic Leadership and Programs

Dean Irene Rios-Knauf, Chair

Academic Affairs-Jaime Hammond

Administration- Neph Villanueva

Student Services- Susan Houlihan

Marketing- Tara Smith

Committee on Student Success

Dean Sarah Gager, Chair

Academic Affairs- Rob Sheftel

Administration- Antony Wormack

Student Services- Lisa Boyko

Human Resources- Kim Carolina

Committee on Environmental Scanning

Dean Waldemar Kostrzewa, Associate Dean Conal Larkin and Director Sydney Voghel-Ochs, co-chairs

Academic Affairs- Sandra Roosa

Administration- Deirdre D’Amore

Student Services- James Cousins

Responsive Academic Leadership and Programs

The Responsive Academic Leadership and Program committee guides the work on Strategic Goals Two and Three. The committee is currently focused on the following:

  • Strengthen the academic advisement program
  • Offer targeted professional development, including new hires
  • Continue to implement Academic Master Plan
  • Continue program reviews and implement recommendations.

The sub-committee is looking at how the various outcomes for Goal 2 (faculty advising, mentoring, visibility, professional development) and Goal 3 (program growth, completion rates, job placement, articulation agreements) are measured.

Student Success

The Student Success guides the work on Strategic Goal One. The committee is currently focused on the following:

  • Deepen the college-wide advising program.
  • Assess and fine-tune first year learning communities.
  • Redesign remedial and developmental course offerings.


Sarah Gager, Chair
Dean of Student Services

Kathy Taylor
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Bonnie Goulet

Donna Marotti-Delieto
Professor of Business Finance

Dana Elm
Coordinator of Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety

Institutional Effectiveness

The Institutional Effectiveness committee guides the work on Strategic Planning Goals Four and Five. The committee promotes, through a systematic approach, a culture of evidence that supports student learning and institutional effectiveness. The committee has three goals:

  • promote that every department/unit develop a mission statement and identify goals and outcomes.
  • ensure that every department/unit systematically assess its outcomes.
  • ensure that every department/unit use results to develop strategies for improvement.

In AY 2009-2010, IE launched a major effort to institute assessment cycles (annual) in all primary administrative offices and departments at NVCC, beginning with an awareness/information campaign and multiple training sessions on conducting successful assessment.

Thirty-three college offices and departments completed assessment reports in the first year and that number has grown. IE reviewed these reports and provided feedback to the respective offices/departments. All reports were ranked as either “good,” “satisfactory,” or “needs improvement.”

The exercise is modeled after the NEASC exercise and calls for the writing of a mission statement, an accounting of what each office does, an assessment of strengths and weaknesses, and a projection of what improvements should be made. 

In addition, each participant will assess how successfully last year’s projections were fulfilled. The subcommittee is also offering special one-on-one help to anyone who desires additional help in carrying out the exercise. This process has been continued each year.


Jim Troup, Chair
Provost and Senior Dean of Administration

Irene Rios-Knauf
Dean of Academic Affairs

Angela Moffat
Assistant Accountant

Linda Stango
Director of Admissions

Kathy Taylor
Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Helpful documents

Beautiful Idea grant recipients

Beautiful Idea Grant Awards are given to departments based on exemplary communications with our students; they must be clear, precise, informative, kind, and aesthetically pleasing and represent a student-centered approach. The winners are as follows:

2012-2013 Award Winner: 

  • Cashiers’ Office : $1,200

2011-2012 Award Winners:

  • Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) : $3500
  • Business Division : $1,500 
  • Cashiers’ office : $1,000

2010-2011 Award Winners:

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences : $1,250 
  • Allied Health: $750 
  • Business Academic Division: $500
  • Cashiers’ Office: $500

Environmental Scanning

The Environmental Scanning Committee (eScan) supports the five goals of the NVCC Strategic Plan. eScan also supports the other committees of the Institutional Planning Committee (IPC). eScan considers and reports on current and future factors that influence the direction and goals of our organization.

eScan activities for 2014-2015:

From our discussion with Academic Affairs, our charge this year was to ask employers:

“How can we as a community college help you to build/improve your workforce?”

Environmental Scanning organized the 7 Industry Sector Series to connect with employers in the 7 sectors defined by the Board of Regents:

To support this goal, we have developed a series of community outreach events that bring together business and academia in the areas of Manufacturing, Information Technology, Bioscience, Energy, Financial Services, Allied Health, and Hospitality to establish a forum for the development of relevant curriculum that serves the needs of the employers in our service area and prepares our students to become successful professionals with rewarding careers.

In 2015, NVCC orchestrated summits on Information Technology and Allied Health, generating significant media coverage for the College and its community partners.

eScan activities for 2013-2014 included:


Wally Kostrzewa, Co-Chair
Dean of Community Engagement

Conal Larkin, Co-Chair
Associate Dean of Information Technology

Sydney Voghel-Ochs, Co-Chair
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Catherine Hardy
Director of Financial Aid

Carrie Horvath
Director of Distance Learning

Deirdre Moutinho
Enrollment/Retention Specialist, STEM