Summary of College Objectives
This document contains the annual plan for Moraine Valley Community College, including our mission and purpose, vision statement, core values, strategic priorities and goals, and annual continuous improvement objectives. The priorities, five broad directions supported by more specific statements, help set the framework and the focus for annual planning.
Planning promotes positive change. It is an ongoing process that includes strategic and annual planning through a process, a series of critical decisions that shape future directions. In all of our work, we are guided by our promise to dedicate all college resources to the achievement of our ultimate goal: student learning, student development, and student success.
Listed under each of the Strategic Priorities and Goals are the college’s continuous improvement objectives for 2014-15. Note that while all objectives are listed, some require special funding. Since the college budget had not been approved at the time of publishing this information, the listing here of these objectives does not indicate funding approval.
MISSION AND PURPOSE
The mission of our college is to educate the whole person in a learning-centered environment, recognizing our responsibilities to one another, to our community, and to the world we share. We value excellence in teaching, learning and service as we maintain sensitivity to our role in a global, multicultural community. We are committed to continuous improvement and dedicated to providing accessible, affordable, and diverse learning opportunities and environments.
The college fulfills its educational mission through:
Courses and concepts integrated into the curriculum that foster critical thinking and enable informed judgment and decision making
Courses in arts, sciences, and business leading to an associate’s degree and fulfilling the first two years of a bachelor’s degree
Occupational courses and skill development that respond to industry and community needs and lead to professional credentials, a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree
Opportunities for residents to engage in lifelong education and cultural enrichment in a learning community
Partnerships with and customized training for business, government, social, and civic institutions resulting in organizational and economic improvement
Programs and services to support and enhance academic, career, and personal growth and success for our diverse student population
Developmental and Enrichment Education
Courses, programs, and services to support and advance academic success leading to high school equivalency, English language proficiency, or entry to college-level courses
We promise to provide a student-centered environment and to focus all college staff and resources on student learning, student development, and student success.
We envision a world-class college that meets current and emerging community needs for education and training through excellent service and outstanding programs offered in stimulating learning environments.
As a learning-centered college, we dedicate all programs, services, and resources to student success with a commitment to continuously monitor, assess, and improve our performance. New and continuing projects and their impact on staff and college resources will be examined within this framework.
To foster continuous improvement, Moraine Valley will:
A. Student Success: The college will strengthen its focus on students’ college and career success.
- Ease student navigation of college processes and information.
- Identify needs and barriers to student success, and develop and implement programs to address them.
- Support and develop programs, services and curriculum to strengthen college readiness of students.
- Develop more sophisticated tracking of student performance.
- Assess and improve technology support systems and available data that advance student success.
- Improve student success by increasing staff engagement.
- Utilize multiple delivery methods and scheduling of instruction to meet student learning needs.
- Improve student achievement on learning outcomes.
- Improve retention and completion rates.
- Strengthen student engagement in the college community.
- Engage our students in citizenship and democracy through both education and practical hands-on civic experiences.
- Continue to provide a beautiful, safe, comfortable, healthy, and welcoming learning environment.
- Engage alumni in promoting student enrichment and success.
- Increase student retention and accelerate student transitions from developmental education to credit courses by evaluating the math course continuum and by using diverse modes of instruction and assessment to accommodate different learning styles (AQIP - Academic Quality Improvement Program project).
- Develop and implement a plan to fully integrate Institutional Effectiveness into college processes (AQIP - Academic Quality Improvement Program project).
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES
- Create a curriculum track for Honors Program students to help them achieve completion of their associate’s degree, the Honors curriculum, and earn Honors designation upon graduation.
- Implement the Blackboard Outcomes Assessment tool to serve as the primary data collection and aggregation tool for the measurement of student learning.
- Explore using a web-based tool for the implementation of a technology competency assessment pilot.
- Create a new workshop series to increase retention and satisfaction of online students, including tips for faculty.
- Create and host a two-day program for students interested in psychology designed to help students plan and prepare for further education and potential employment.
- Develop and implement a pre-test/post-test assessment tool to document prior skills and knowledge, and measure student gains in fundamental course concepts.
- Use assessment data to identify three interdisciplinary information literacy-related student learning outcomes, best practices for instruction, and develop a resource bank of common assessment activities.
- Expand “stretch” courses for COM-090 and COM-101 courses.
- Continue to develop processes for students to demonstrate proficiency in transfer-level Spanish, French, and Arabic courses.
- Investigate and initiate the development of a Psychology Laboratory.
- Maintain and enhance high-quality, high-standard academic theater productions to strengthen student learning and success.
- Use a clicker system in a variety of sociology classes to effectively increase students’ learning through the immediate assessment of teaching content.
- Develop and implement a course retention management program at the Blue Island Education Center.
- Expand the current summer eFun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy into a year-round program to get more children excited about technology and STEM fields.
- Train faculty to use the new Content System in Blackboard.
- Increase faculty training in developing alternate delivery options for classes.
- Review Addictions Studies curriculum and course offerings to ensure they are consistent with the Illinois Certification Board Guidelines and to increase student success in preparing for certification examination.
- Explore implementing adaptive learning in MRT-110 to reinforce classroom and online instruction, create more engaging/interactive classes, and increase student success.
- Develop the new course PSG-135 as an online course and convert PSG-115 into an online course.
- Explore implementing a prerequisite reading level for MRT-110 and PHB-110 to identify and remediate “at-risk students” before engaging them in a rigorous course of study.
- Continue to improve and exceed national average pass rates for the Radiologic Technology Program.
- Use mock board exams to assess student achievement of learning outcomes and readiness for licensure exams.
- Develop a new protocol for online classes in the Criminal Justice Program that would include seamlessly integrating all course materials and making them immediately available to students.
- Incorporate American Heart Association CPR training with certification into the Basic Nursing Assistant Training curriculum, as directed by the new administrative code set by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Compile and analyze data from Blackboard’s statistics tracking of the COM-085 resource site and make appropriate improvements.
- Provide additional academic support to students at the lower end of the Intensive English Language Program.
- Maintain, enhance, and reinforce the alignment of COS-100 support activities for RDG-041 students, including study skills, main idea (inference and summarization), and vocabulary.
- Examine and evaluate the pre-test placement procedures in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) and make changes as needed.
- Change the COM-090 Paragraph and Theme Writing textbook by spring 2015.
- Obtain three additional cadaver tanks to accommodate increased sections and update outdated cadaver tanks.
- Obtain updated microscope cameras for real-time laboratory use.
- Improve the functionality of the Industrial Maintenance training area.
- Affiliate with the Travel Institute to offer students Destination Specialist certification.
- Promote active learning, encourage the sharing of ideas in the classroom, and publicize the process of problem solving with additional white board space in the Math Department.
- Revise course outlines for 50 percent of mathematics courses.
- Create a departmental Blackboard resource site for adjuncts containing the essential information for all math courses (syllabus, course outline, final exam review, etc.).
- Upgrade the electrical systems and classroom layout used to deliver coursework and studio work in the A.A.S. in Digital Art/Design classroom (F216) to assure safe infrastructure.
- Provide students in astronomy courses the ability to gain hands-on experience with real astronomical data in a lab setting and promote student success through the use of animated learning tools.
- Improve the experience and training of chemistry students in laboratory measurement techniques.
- Provide melting-point apparatuses to improve the learning environment for students in the organic chemistry laboratory setting.
- Provide chemistry students laboratory pairs with individual microscale organic chemistry laboratory kits, a necessity in the field of organic chemistry.
- Convert T200 from classroom/lab space into new commercial lab space to implement the new Commercial Technician Program.
- Repair malfunctioning microscopes used in NAT-111 classes to identify organisms of interest.
- Create a marketing campaign for the MIS and OSA programs, emphasizing new or revised leading-edge programs and raising awareness of the college’s wide variety of offerings and the benefits of completing them.
- Continue to provide data and reports to Student Success teams; for example, high school to college transitions, MVCC to four-year college transitions, and retention and completion reports in Institutional Research.
- Complete full documentation for all Institutional Research processes (e.g., ICCB reports, uploads to Clearinghouse, IPEDS, etc.) and store in common network folder.
- Write reports summarizing the CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement) and CCFSSE (Faculty Engagement) survey results and work with Academic Affairs to develop strategies to better utilize the findings.
- Develop and implement an Athletics Hall of Fame in the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center.
- Sustain and support the college’s AQIP accreditation initiatives.
- Assess the effectiveness of postcard notifications of priority advising appointments and pilot an email-based notification procedure.
- Implement the “Student Planner” tool for first-time students that will allow them to declare majors, compare degree requirements among different majors, and identify gateway and general education courses that should be completed early in their academic experience.
- Implement a process to provide academic advising support for international students who have completed the IEL sequence.
- Create an immediate transcript evaluation practice and procedure to influence early and successful advisement services for reverse transfer, guest, international, and veteran students.
- Develop a presentation for high school students to promote financial literacy.
- Develop an all-athletes life skills student/athletics orientation half-day event.
- Develop a comprehensive study hall/tutoring plan in the new Athletics Tutoring Center to serve the student-athlete’s academic success needs.
- Restructure the Center for Disability Services office to strengthen current and future programs and services with efficient and effective systems that support student learning, success, and degree completion.
- Ensure the consistent inclusion of music instruction, specifically piano instruction, in the child care curriculum.
- Assess the Student Life program (including clubs/organizations) using the Council for the Advancement of Standards guidelines for campus activity programs to enhance the quality of student learning and development.
- Assess a learning outcome that has been determined by the Code of Conduct Office: each student who participates in the student conduct process will learn about the legal, academic, emotional, and/or physical consequences of his/her behavior.
- Assess the HDV-111 Career Planning course to determine how well students are meeting objectives, the quality of the student experience, and what percentage of students have decided on a major or career path upon completion of the course.
- Promote student participation in priority registration activities by awarding five $150 book vouchers in a special drawing for students who registered and paid during the five-day fall and spring priority registration.
- Assess the process of connecting students to job and internship opportunities through career-related events, such as the Job and Internship Fair.
- Create and implement a new Student Convocation Program to complement both online and campus-based new student orientations in a more formal, academic event that involves the entire college community.
- Assist student veterans enrolled in career and/or certification programs by providing them with information about specific careers and industries that will assist them with career planning and job readiness.
- Increase the number of students taking the Internet-Based Test (iBT) College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and receiving college credit based upon Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
- Develop and improve the current articulation agreement process.
- Develop and implement a course retention management program at the Southwest Education Center.
- Design a pilot program to fast-track LAN instructors’ eligibility to teach online classes.
- Research a new faculty professional development workshop series to help current and new adjunct instructors develop new teaching skills and learn new strategies.
- Move policies, procedures, forms, and cashier information documents from intranet to portal.
B. Program Development: The college will develop innovative programs and services to anticipate and meet current and future student, community and business needs.
- Maintain high standards and high-quality programs and services.
- Offer accelerated career programs.
- Strengthen partnerships with business, industry, pre-K-12, college/universities, and other service providers.
- Develop creative, alternative, flexible delivery methods and schedules for teaching and learning.
- Expand and enhance transfer pathways in STEM fields.
- Develop and implement programs for non-traditional age students.
- Develop programs and services that address skills gaps.
- Develop and expand programs and services to meet the needs of current and emerging occupational skill sets.
- Impart principles of sustainability across all campus departments to effect sustainable, operational changes, which realize economic benefits; engage students, staff and faculty in learning and practice; and engage the broader community in practice for sustainable, economic and social justice development.
- Use data analytics to create new programs.
- Continue to build the structures and infrastructures, as necessary, to support college programs and partnerships.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES
- Establish and implement a Dual Credit Professional Development Conference to provide high school to college transition information, new dual credit faculty orientation, all-faculty training, discipline-specific training, and discipline-specific professional development opportunities.
- Create a new Foundational Publication Series program in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
- Develop a new Medical Laboratory Technician Program.
- Expand the pilot Adult College Success Fair to make adults aware of services, programs, and career programs that can help them meet their educational and personal goals.
- Develop and pilot a Nursing Boot Camp, a pre-program workshop for the recruitment and preparation of potential nursing students and a mid-program workshop for current students to identify needs and concerns.
- Form a stronger and more viable business advisory group by contacting members of the business community and other selected areas.
- Host a parent orientation/information session using technology and print resources to assist parents in identifying and understanding their child’s academic options and available college resources.
- Host and provide educational sessions at the 2014 Skyway Jazz Festival.
- Coordinate finalizing the college’s 2014-2019 Strategic Plan and prepare a report including a summary of the process; the external trend statements and their rationale, sources, and implications; and develop a plan to update trends annually.
- Review and revise the CTL workshop planning process and offerings to ensure they are aligned with the strategic goals of the college and are meeting the needs of all employee classifications in the college.
- Invite guest speakers to share knowledge and expertise in sustainability issues relevant to economics courses.
- Improve the coordination of the library’s catalog, periodicals, acquisitions and library database through departmental restructuring.
- Review and ensure institutional compliance of state authorization rules for teaching online courses to non-Illinois students.
- Redesign and implement the college’s new staff orientation program.
- Supply cost-effective burn tower training for the Fire Service Operations A.A.S. Program.
- Develop an online version of COM-103.
- Expand enrollment in the Gerontology Program.
- Provide students with curriculum that is current to recommended practices in personnel qualifications and certification in Nondestructive Testing (NDT).
- Prepare for an updated self-study and site visit for the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation.
- Implement revisions to the Medical Billing Certificate, Coding Certificate, and Health Information Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree programs.
- Add a guest speaker with expertise in respiratory care reimbursement and patient outcomes to the Respiratory Care Capstone course.
- Identify a new fingerprint vendor to conduct mandatory fingerprinting/photographing sessions for Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program students as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Complete construction of college signage at 107th and Kean Avenue.
- Provide forklift operator training for campus offices (Receiving, Campus Operations, Welding, Auto Mechanics, etc.) to conform to OSHA training standards.
- Plan and replace the Building T roofing system.
- Replace old and worn classroom furniture and student lounge areas to continue to improve the appearance of the college buildings.
- Complete re-roofing and masonry repairs at the Blue Island Education Center.
- Develop a user satisfaction survey for Purchasing and analyze results to identify areas for improvement.
- Coordinate the updating and installation of all external campus directional and map signs.
- Revise the existing school group tour program to condense it into one Field Trip Friday each semester.
- Complete an overall summary report and an individual report for each high school that administered the high school senior survey in spring 2013.
- Institute a pilot Financial Reality Fair coordinated by Admissions and the Moraine Area Career Systems (MACS) for district high school students to be held in conjunction with a career program exploration campus visit.
- Induct the first class into the Alumni Hall of Fame.
- Explore best practices for collaboration with secondary and postsecondary faculty and program coordinators to ensure curriculum alignment necessary for college and career readiness and success at the National Career Pathways Network annual conference.
- Redesign/modify the annual employee wellness program requirements and offerings.
- Continue to develop and implement an effective payroll policies, procedures and forms manual.
C. Technology -- teaching, learning, and college operations: The college will enhance its use of technology in teaching and learning, student services, and operations.
- Be more agile and adaptive in developing infrastructure and support for new technologies.
- Improve the use of technology in making data-informed decisions.
- Cultivate a more technologically competent campus community.
- Expand the use of new communication technologies.
- Identify and implement new technology for resource optimization and sustainability.
- Improve instruction and student services for technology-delivered learning.
- Improve student and staff access to current and emerging technologies.
- Provide improved access and support to bridge the digital divide for students, staff, and community.
- Continue to adhere to best practices for information security.
- Review and update the Business Continuity plan.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES
- Successfully redevelop the college website to facilitate ease of navigation and enhance user experience.
- Provide students with access to up-to-date, professional equipment, so they can successfully broadcast and stream live athletics events on campus.
- Secure a content management system to ensure timely and efficient management of the college’s website.
- Complete event planning and scheduling staff training to fully implement the event scheduling module of the AD Astra scheduling system.
- Create a new Social Science Department lab to better incorporate pedagogy that is heavily reliant on technology.
- Collect data to assess the college’s needs for additional digital media support.
- Upgrade Encore Discovery server by migrating to an IT-hosted virtual machine.
- Review and revise the library’s collection development policy.
- Upgrade CAD systems to meet the recommended system requirements of the new engineering software.
- Upgrade the dimmer system in the Dorothy Menker Theater to current industry standards for the use of tungsten halogen instruments.
- Implement a network-based video management system that will allow faculty, students, staff, and administrators to collaboratively share and manage digital video content, including on-demand and live streaming assets.
- Test new conferencing and collaboration equipment (Monopad) to assess its reliability before implementation in conference rooms and collaboration spaces.
- Use Tutor Trac and applicable hardware to provide the Tutoring Center with computerized usage data.
- Improve the Moraine Valley Police Department surveillance video process and storage by replacing the storage environment, upgrading the servers, and simplifying the management capabilities.
- Create an online process for travel authorization forms that will be electronically and automatically forwarded for approval.
- Implement a process to send all necessary travel documentation by email.
- Keep all full-time and part-time staff up to date with current bookstore industry trends.
- Secure an online catalog management system for the college.
- Use the ODS data dictionary as a base to update documentation on data elements available, their locations, and sample SAS jobs; and work with IT to add missing data elements.
- Establish automatic electronic mail based Synoptics reports to generate and send HTML financial reports to grant program directors.
- Monitor fixed assets delivery methods to prepare for the annual financial audit.
- Record credit card journal entries from the Bookstore and Theater departments on a daily basis.
- Review and update the college’s records retention schedule.
- Audit our external record storage site monthly to ensure all files that were submitted for scanning are accurately displayed on the site.
- Take a leadership role in the admissions processing taskforce designed to revamp and improve the online application.
- Use a web-hosted platform that would create an online community for our student clubs/organizations, and help the Student Life office improve communication, information sharing, collaboration, and reporting.
- Streamline the access of student data for file completion and expedite the workflow of assignments.
- Work with IT to develop and implement an online FERPA release, and import to Colleague.
- Create a video that can be used as an admissions and recruitment tool highlighting courses and services at the Southwest and Blue Island Education centers.
- Provide access to the college’s WebEx system to deliver synchronous instruction for LAN courses.
- Improve quality and service to job applications by upgrading PeopleAdmin to version 7.0.
- Create an online, 24/7 link for staff to both of the college’s 403(b) and 457 plans.
D. Diversity and Inclusion: The college will deepen its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Cultivate a campus community rich in cultural competencies.
- Integrate global and intercultural perspectives into programs and services.
- Recruit and retain students and faculty of diverse backgrounds.
- Expand our efforts to communicate and provide resources and services to diverse and underrepresented populations.
- Develop different recruitment and retention strategies for diverse and underrepresented populations.
- Develop and implement a more robust response to the increasing populations where the primary language is not English.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES
- Strengthen the advancement of learning opportunities through the Study Abroad Program to enhance and increase intercultural and global knowledge of the world community and to support persistence, degree completion, and global citizenry.
- Increase outreach opportunities to recruit under/unemployed adults for certification or degree completion to better prepare them to be successful in the changing labor force.
- Maintain and enhance recruitment, community host home program, and student services to continue to attract new international students.
- Create a parent orientation brochure in Spanish that highlights and informs Latino parents on the mission of the college, critical departments such as Financial Aid, Multicultural Student Affairs, Academic Advising and Counseling, and an overall understanding of college.
- Execute a yearlong, multichannel marketing campaign focusing on students’ stories, successes and outcomes.
- Offer a Health and Wellness Resource Fair for all veterans, including students and community members.
- Improve the advising process for newly arrived international students by implementing more proactive advising support including a personal educational planning worksheet during mandatory new student orientation.
- Assess the Directing Results Through Educational and Academic Mentoring (DREAM) Program to increase the participation and retention rates of first-year students in the program.
- Develop a Mentoring English Language Learners Toward Success Program to increase retention of limited-English-speaking students and provide a venue for convenient academic advising.
- Increase professional competency and efficiency in servicing student veterans, and become more aware of best practices, pending legislation, and latest trends of student veterans.
- Develop a program to provide staff and faculty with a deeper understanding of how post-traumatic stress disorder and transitional issues affect student veterans when coming back to school.
- Use Counseling Center records management software to assess student mental health and counseling needs.
- Increase the number of activities, college visits, and cultural trips for Educational Talent Search participants to address the needs of participants.
- Increase recruitment and completion rates for the Educational Talent Search Program.
- Assess current program and services and create new programs and services to increase the number of TRIO/Student Support Services participants graduating and/or transferring to a four-year institution within four years.
- Assess the effectiveness of the Upward Bound After School Tutoring Program and research online tutoring tools that will aid in increasing student participation, academic performance, and retention.
- Host a Hispanic parent and student orientation in Spanish and English for new and returning students and families.
- Change/update and implement contractual language for the faculty, support staff, and police agreements on compensation, benefits, compliance, and terms/conditions of employment that lead to greater employee engagement.
E. Resource Advancement: The college will continue to identify alternative revenue sources, maximize resources, contain costs, and keep tuition affordable.
- Heighten college commitment to sustainability by supporting a socially responsible community that advances peace and justice; respect; and preservation and enhancement of natural resources.
- Expand commitment to human resource development and future leadership opportunities.
- Increase campus community’s understanding of identifying, securing and utilizing external funding.
- Identify and disseminate internal and external best practices of fund development and resource management.
- Expand partnerships that support resource opportunities.
- Expand enterprise opportunities.
- Assess potential implications of performance-based funding on resources.
- Develop and implement a plan to increase employee engagement (AQIP - Academic Quality Improvement Program project).
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OBJECTIVES
- Increase available scholarship funds by 20 percent.
- Develop and implement resources and tools to increase the campus community’s understanding and successful implementation of grant-funded programs.
- Establish a scholarship fund for college athletes.
- Raise funds needed to build a nursing lab in the Blue Island Education Center.
- Research and develop a strategy to create/provide open and electronic textbooks to students at a low cost or no cost.
- Explore the possibility of having digital textbook rental for one day.
- Coordinate data collection for an economic impact study and write a report summarizing results.
- Develop and implement a plan to increase employee engagement.
- Increase buying of recycled non-textbook merchandise such as school supplies, gifts, and clothing.
- Develop a replacement schedule and cycle for classroom equipment in Multimedia Services.
- Develop a book waiver system at the Blue Island Education Center to promote student success in the classroom and increase retention.
- Stay proactive with textbook trends such as e-textbook, textbook rental, and price matching.
- Apply for the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association.
- Launch a “new seat” campaign for the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
- Evaluate “green” office supply usage and promote its continued use as part of the college’s sustainability efforts.
- Improve the timeliness and streamline the process of financial aid file completion and loan certification.
- Develop student employees’ employability and leadership skills to increase financial resources, retention, and degree or certificate completion.
- Develop a scholarship opportunity for students who are enrolled in at least six credit hours at the Southwest Education Center.
- Develop a PowerPoint presentation for training on college’s shipping and receiving processes and procedures.
- Conduct a market analysis of the pay ranges for support staff to ensure market competitiveness and equity.
- Provide a framework to maximize employee productivity, engagement, and retention by implementing an onboarding program.
- Promote ACH payments to both vendors and students, and track progress with a goal of having the majority of the college’s payments go out via this method.
- Increase direct deposit participation through various college events such as vendor fairs.