2011 Long Range Visioning and Planning

Recommendation finalized for vision, mission, and values

Dec. 9, 2011
After several months of discussion, research, and receiving feedback from various college and community groups, the Long Range Visioning and Planning Committee has prepared a final recommendation of the college’s mission, vision, and values that will go to the board of trustees for consideration.

The broad-based committee was co-chaired by Joe Morris and Patty Shea and made the  final modifications to the statements and values at its Dec. 8 meeting. The next step in the process will be for the Board of Trustees to consider the committee’s recommendations at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Dec. 21.

The committee’s recommendations for the statements and values are listed below.

Vision:
As a comprehensive community college, North Idaho College strives to provide accessible, affordable, quality learning opportunities. North Idaho College endeavors to be an innovative, flexible leader recognized as a center of educational, cultural, economic, and civic activities by the communities it serves.

Mission:
North Idaho College meets the diverse educational needs of students, employers, and the northern Idaho communities it serves through a commitment to student success, educational excellence, community engagement, and lifelong learning.

Values:
North Idaho College is dedicated to these core values which guide its decisions and actions.


Committee Modifies Draft Statements

Nov. 11, 2011
Based on in-depth feedback provided by various campus and community groups, the Long Range Visioning and Planning Committee made modifications to its original draft of the college’s mission, vision, and values statements at its Nov. 10 meeting.

The committee carefully reviewed the recently conducted research, feedback from open forums, comments from the online community group discussion, and input from various group meetings, and drafted several changes to its original statements.

The committee’s modifications are reflected in the following statements:

Mission statement
North Idaho College meets the diverse educational needs of students, employers, and the northern Idaho communities we serve. We do this through student success, educational excellence, community engagement, and life long learning.

Vision statement
As a comprehensive community college, North Idaho College strives to provide accessible, affordable, quality learning opportunities and is the first choice of students. We are innovative, flexible leaders and are recognized as a center of education, cultural, economic, and civic activities by the communities we serve.

The committee also spent time reviewing a list of core values that came about from the discussions regarding the mission and value statements. A total of five value statements are being considered.

Values
NIC is committed to living our values and having them guide our decisions and actions. NIC is committed to:

Student Success: A vibrant life-long learning environment that engages students as partners in achieving their educational goals to enhance their quality of life.
Excellence: High professional standards and innovative programming while continuously improving our services and outcomes.
Community Engagement: Seeking effective partnerships with other educational institutions, business, community members, and organizations to listen, learn, and evolve in order to meet changing educational needs.
Stewardship: Economic and environmental sustainability demonstrated through leadership, sensitivity, and responsiveness to changing community resources.
Diversity: Provides a diverse learning environment which affirms individual uniqueness and encourages cultural competency.

Feedback can still be provided by submitting comments to the online feedback form on the Long Range Visioning and Planning website and through the community group discussion room that’s been created in MyNIC Courses. 

The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 8.

Results Available From Public, Student, and Business Surveys

An important step in the Long Range Visioning and Planning process was conducting research to collect perceptions and data from our students, the community, and businesses. Robinson Research of Spokane, Wash., was hired to conduct focus groups, telephone surveys, and online surveys to provide the committee with various perceptions of the college.

The surveys were conducted in September and October 2011. The results are posted in the Data section to the right.

Long Range Visioning and Planning Committee Meetings


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