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20 July 2020

Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis Releases Final Strategic Plan Progress Report

Naugatuck Valley Community College President Daisy Cocco De Filippis Releases Final Strategic Plan Progress Report

In September 2016, NVCC President De Filippis introduced the College’s 10-year Strategic Plan, Toward A Splendid College. In her introduction, President De Filippis reaffirmed the 5 goals on which the plan is built. “To create this ten-year plan, we spent a year reflecting on past accomplishments, collecting data, conducting trend analyses, and engaging different constituencies on and off campus. The result: our new plan reaffirms our existing five goals while placing ‘Students achieve their goals’ at the center. With six years of strategic plan implementation under our belts, we now know we need to build systems and processes so that our culture of practice can become even more student-centered. Systems change requires a long view–one of the major reasons this plan has a ten-year horizon. Our experience has also taught us we cannot improve outcomes for students without having clear targets for faculty, for our programs, for our community, and for our institution. That is why in this plan you see ten priority areas in which to take action and 40 measurable targets against which we will regularly benchmark our progress so that we can make adjustments and refinements as we go.”

The June 2020 Strategic Plan Progress Report details the College’s progress on goals set in the original plan.  President De Filippis introduced the progress report in a letter to the NVCC Family.

https://www.nv.edu/about-nvcc/nvcc-going-strong/strategic-planning-goals-and-priorities#cdn-8400

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“Dear NVCC Family,

During my 12 years as your president, we have embraced together the mission, vision, and values of Naugatuck Valley Community College. These powerful elements are linked to responsiveness, community, justice, and respect—all focused-on student success and engagement. They echo the thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who noted, ‘Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Social action without education is a weak expression of pure energy.’ Dr. King wondered about the path forward, a challenging question even today.

The pandemic has presented unknowns for us all, while laying bare inequities that threaten some more. We must support our deserving and often vulnerable community college students. That is why in these times we go back to Dr. King’s words to recognize education and social action go hand in hand. We must learn and we must do. Today’s urgency demands it.

It is with that spirit that NVCC faculty and staff took action this spring when COVID-19 hit. They adapted to online modalities to ensure our students finished the spring semester and completed their courses and programs. For the ninth year in a row, commencement will honor over 1,000 degree and certificate completers. That’s commitment from all sides.

You will see our commitment to both education and social action come to life as your read the pages which follow. This NVCC 2016-2026 Strategic Plan Progress Report details actions we have taken since 2016 toward achieving the 10 priorities among our five strategic goals—the same goals advanced in 2010 with our first strategic plan. It offers three sections for each priority: notable results; how we got there; and the next frontier. Readers will find that, among others, our commitments to equity, service, curriculum, pathways, community and industry partnerships, and institutional effectiveness supported our sacred work. The generosity of the NVCC Family abounded.

https://www.nv.edu/about-nvcc/nvcc-going-strong/strategic-planning-goals-and-priorities#cdn-8400

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The recap of future priorities for 2020-2026 is an action checklist complemented by periodically asking ourselves to agree upon, reflect about, and plan for those next frontiers, always keeping in mind student success as our ultimate goal. You will see addressing complications created by COVID-19 as a theme cutting across many of the actions outlined for the future. It affects everything we do. For example, maintaining safe and clean environments at both campuses has taken on new meaning. Balancing on-ground classes with online and hybrid offerings will become more of the norm.

The college will welcome new leadership in August, and I am hopeful my brief remarks invite you to remain committed to education that transforms students and communities. I share a line in Emily Dickinson’s poem, ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers’ which observes that hope ‘never stops at all.’

Mil gracias y bendiciones for advancing our shared hopes during these last dozen years.”

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