Monthly Updates

May 2022

MCC’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team (SPLT), under the leadership of its co-chairs Valarie Avalone and Jasna Bogdanovska, and in partnership with the Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT), is nearing completion of its work on the College’s new five-year strategic plan. The project will complete its final phase this week as the Draft Vision2027 Strategic Plan moves to the President for cabinet review.

On April 26-27, the SPLT and CBT teams completed an in-depth goal-setting session, where Strategic Directions and Goals for MCC’s next five years were identified. The draft Strategic Plan was made available for campus review May 2nd, and feedback was gathered via a survey conducted by William Dixon May 3-9, 2022.  The results of that survey were reviewed at the joint SPLT and CBT meeting on May 12th, its last meeting of the year.  Final edits, based on a thorough review and discussion of college-wide feedback, were forwarded to the President for consideration on May 12th, following that meeting. 

The proposed new five-year plan is titled Vision2027: Monroe Community College Strategic Plan 2022-2027.  Included in the plan are newly revised mission, vision, and core values statements.  A newly developed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement is also included. Five priorities have been identified as Strategic Directions, along with several goals for each direction, that will lead the college into the future in meeting the changing needs of students and the community over the next five years. The final draft Strategic Plan is scheduled for the Board of Trustees meeting for first reading in June, with consideration for adoption in August. Vision2027 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) will also be identified.

The plan will be implemented beginning Fall, 2022, as vice presidents meet with their respective divisions and departments to develop strategies, work plans, timelines, and measurable outcomes for the Strategic Directions’ goals for the next five years.  Progress will be monitored, and accomplishments communicated as the plan is implemented.

A summary of the project’s three phases and timeline are listed below.

Project Phases and Timeline

  • Phase I – Discovery Phase: Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis (Dec 2021 – March 2022)
  • Phase II – Portfolio Development and Planning Assumptions (March – April 2022)
  • Phase III – Goal-Setting and Recommendations (April – May 2022)

The project concludes this week. An overview of the Strategic Planning Project, and each of the monthly updates, like this one, have been posted to the Strategic Planning site (MCC’s website, under the A-to-Z tab: Planning) to keep everyone apprised of the project’s activities.


April 2022

MCC’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team (SPLT), under the leadership of its co-chairs Valarie Avalone and Jasna Bogdanovska, and in partnership with the Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT), continues its work on the College’s new Strategic Plan. Phase II was completed in March, and the project has moved into its final phase, Phase III – Goal-setting.

During the month of March, the SPLT and CBT teams studied the compiled college portfolio of data, trends, planning assumptions, and listening session themes. This rich Discovery Report was reviewed and discussed by the two teams in a three-hour session held on March 24th, and an ongoing assessment of MCC’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats has been underway during the month of April.  Additionally, the SPLT and President’s cabinet have continued their review of MCC’s mission, vision, and core values statements in order to determine revisions needed to meet the changing needs of students and the community for the upcoming five years. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement is being added, and recommendations for all these will be provided to the Board of Trustees in June along with the newly developed five-year strategic plan.

On April 26-27, the work of the SPLT and CBT teams will culminate in an in-depth goal-setting session, where Strategic Directions and Goals for MCC’s next five years will be identified. The MCC vision statement will also be reviewed, and the draft Strategic Plan will be made available for campus review and feedback. Following any revisions based on review and feedback, the draft plan will be provided to the President. The cabinet, along with shared governance groups, will do a final review for any further recommendations to the President; the final draft Strategic Plan will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for first reading in June, and consideration for adoption in August. The title of the plan will be: Vision2027: Monroe Community College Strategic Plan 2022-2027.

Project Phases and Timeline

The project’s three phases and timeline are as follows:

  • Phase I – Discovery Phase: Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis (Dec 2021 – March 2022)
  • Phase II – Portfolio Development and Planning Assumptions (March – April 2022)
  • Phase III – Goal-Setting and Recommendations (April – May 2022)

Following the Goal-Setting Session in April, the Draft Strategic Plan is scheduled for campus review May 4-9. The final Draft Strategic Plan will then be reviewed by the President and cabinet, and is scheduled for a first reading by the Board of Trustees on June 6, 2022, with anticipated adoption in August

Each month (mid-month) a one-page update like this one is posted to the Strategic Planning site (MCC’s website, under the A-to-Z tab: Planning) to keep everyone apprised of the project’s activities and progress. Anyone can provide input at any time to their SPLT representative(s), listed on the same web page. The next Monthly Update will be mid-May.


March 2022

The Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT) team continues to work in partnership with MCC’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team (SPLT), under the leadership of its co-chairs Valarie Avalone and Jasna Bogdanovska.  CBT team members Nicki Harrington, Dona Boatright, John Spevak, and Sally Montemayor Lenz conducted “listening sessions” with over 50 external stakeholders, and approximately 150 internal stakeholders and student groups during the month of February.  The CBT team also hosted two all-college forums during College Hour on Monday 2/14 and Wednesday 2/16. These sessions were well-attended, and a great deal of input was obtained from both the forums and listening sessions that will be valuable for plan development.

The Project is now in Phase II.  During this month of March, surveys of college employees and students are being conducted, as well as one for employer representatives who sit on MCC’s Program Advisory Committees.  Quantitative and qualitative data gathered during Phase I of the project has included internal and external scans, student and workforce data, and input from forums, surveys, and listening sessions. This data is being synthesized by CBT into a comprehensive Discovery Report, which is being provided to the SPLT on March 17th.

The college portfolio of data, trends, planning assumptions, and listening session themes will be reviewed by CBT and the SPLT at a three-hour Data Meeting on March 24th in preparation for Phase III: Goal-Setting in April.  Additionally, MCC’s mission, vision, and core values statements are under review by the SPLT for any recommended revisions based on Discovery Phase Findings. The project’s three phases and timeline are listed below.

Project Phases and Timeline

The project’s three phases and timeline are as follows:

  • Phase I – Discovery Phase: Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis (Dec 2021 – March 2022)
  • Phase II – Portfolio Development and Planning Assumptions (March – April 2022)
  • Phase III – Goal-Setting and Recommendations (April – May 2022)

Following the Goal-Setting Session in April, the Draft Strategic Plan is scheduled for campus review May 4-9. The final Draft Strategic Plan will then be reviewed by the President and cabinet, and is scheduled for a first reading by the Board of Trustees on June 6, 2022, with anticipated adoption in August

Each month (mid-month) a one-page update like this one is posted to the Strategic Planning site (MCC’s website, under the A-to-Z tab: Planning) to keep everyone apprised of the project’s activities and progress. Anyone can provide input at any time to their SPLT representative(s), listed on the same web page. The next Monthly Update will be mid-April.


February 2022

The Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT) Team continues to work in partnership with MCC’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team (SPLT), under the leadership of its co-chairs Valarie Avalone and Jasna Bogdanovska.  CBT team members Nicki Harrington, Dona Boatright, John Spevak, and Sally Montemayor Lenz are conducting “listening sessions” with over 50 external stakeholders, and approximately 150 internal stakeholders and student groups during the month of February.  The CBT team will also host two all-college forums during College Hour on Monday 2/14 and Wednesday 2/16, from 12-1. All employees are welcome to attend. Input from all these sessions will be extremely valuable in looking at priorities for MCC for the next five-year plan.

As we enter March, surveys of college employees and students will be conducted, as well as one for employer representatives who sit on the College’s Program Advisory Committees.  All data will be synthesized and reviewed by the SPLT and CBT team during the month of March, as the project enters Phase II.  The project’s three phases and timeline are listed below.

Project Phases and Timeline

The project’s three phases and timeline are as follows:

  • Phase I – Discovery Phase: Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis (Dec 2021 – March 2022)
  • Phase II – Portfolio Development and Planning Assumptions (March – April 2022)
  • Phase III – Goal-Setting and Recommendations (April – June 2022)

During Phase II of the project, the College’s Data Portfolio will be developed, and planning assumptions identified to guide development of the College’s Breakthrough Goals and Strategic Objectives in Phase III. 

Each month (mid-month) a one-page update like this one will be posted to the Strategic Planning site (under the A-to-Z tab: Planning) to keep everyone apprised of the project’s activities and progress. Anyone can provide input at any time to their SPLT representative(s). The next Monthly Update will be mid-March.


January 2022

The Strategic Planning Project is now well-underway. The Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT) Team is working in partnership with MCC’s Strategic Planning Leadership Team (SPLT), under the leadership of its co-chairs Valarie Avalone and Jasna Bogdanovska.  The four-person CBT Team, comprised of Nicki Harrington (Team Leader), Dan Rosenberg, Dona Boatright, and John Spevak began the project in December, 2021 by reviewing MCC documents and getting to know the college and the Monroe County region.  

Project Phases and Timeline

The project’s three phases and timeline are as follows:

  • Phase I – Discovery Phase: Data Collection, Analysis, Synthesis (Dec 2021 – March 2022)
  • Phase II – Portfolio Development and Planning Assumptions (March – April 2022)
  • Phase III – Goal-Setting and Recommendations (April – June 2022)

The project is now in Phase I – Discovery Phase: Data Collection, Analysis, and Synthesis. Orientation and kickoff meetings were held with three groups over the first few weeks of the project:

  • The Strategic Planning Leadership Team (SPLT) 
  • The President and executive cabinet
  • The Data team (two from MCC and two from CBT)

The following activities are taking place in late January and early February:

  • Continued document review 
  • Internal and external environmental scans and review of workforce data 
  • Development of internal and external stakeholder cluster groups for listening sessions
  • Planning for the February 14-16, 2022 CBT site visit

In addition to listening sessions with internal stakeholder groups throughout the site visit, two open forum sessions are being scheduled for Monday and Wednesday, February 14th and 16th from 12-1 pm.  All are invited to attend.

Information about the Strategic Planning Project, as well as documents, scans, survey results, etc. as they are completed can be found on the MCC website, under A-to-Z: Strategic Planning.

Each month (mid-month) a one-page update like this one, as well as any documents, survey results, etc., will be posted to the Strategic Planning site under that A-to-Z tab to keep everyone apprised of the project’s activities and progress. Anyone can provide input at any time to their SPLT representative. The next Monthly Update will be mid-February.