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 three 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 (2013-2016). 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, Toward a Splendid College, Naugatuck Valley Community College 2013-2016, and the President’s annual goals.

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

2012-2014 IPC Steering Committee:

Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis (chair)
President

Jim Troup
Provost and Senior Dean of Administration

Dr. Estela Lopez
Acting Dean of Academic Affairs

Sarah Gager
Interim Dean of Student Services

Waldemar Kostrzewa
Dean of Community Engagement

Kimberly Carolina
Director of Human Resources

A.J. Dubois
Special Assistant to the President on Legal and College Matters

Kathy Taylor
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Conal Larkin
Associate Dean of Information Technology

Sydney Voghel-Ochs
Director of Institutional Advancement

Elected members:  

Dr. Pamela Tolbert-Bynum
Academic Divisions

Dr. Alexander Zozulin
Faculty-at-Large

Harold Burt
Faculty Senate

Dr. Ronald Picard
Institutional Effectiveness 

Lauren Friedman
Institutional Research

Allison O'Leary
President's Office

Alison Terry
Staff 

Bonnie Goulet
Student Services

Jamil Perez
Student Government Association

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.

Members

Sarah Gager, chair
Dean of Student Services

Kathy Taylor
Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Bonnie Goulet
Counselor

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.

Members

Jim Troup, Chair
Provost and Senior Dean of Administration

Irene Rios
Dean of Academic Affairs

Lauren Friedman
Director of Institutional Research

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 2013-2014 included:

Members

Wally Kostrzewa, Co-Chair

Dean of Community Engagement

Conal Larkin, Co-Chair
Associate Dean of Information Technology

Sydney Voghel-Ochs, Co-Chair
Director of Community Engagement

Lucretia Sveda
Director of Workforce Transition and Outreach

Zohra Rafey
IT Technician II

Terry Latella
Counselor