I’m happy to say that TCC has recently finished updating
our new Strategic Plan. This plan, which will have a five-year lifespan,
envisions the future of our institution and incorporates all the feedback we’ve
received over the past few months. It prioritizes the Colleges immediate needs
and sets both short and long term achievement goals in areas such as student
access, technology, enrollment, stewardship and more. The new plan can be
viewed in its entirety here.
Now the real work begins.
I recently hosted a forum for students to weigh in on how
the Strategic Plan will be implemented in areas that affect them. Those who
participated may not have realized it at the time, but they were making College
history as students have never before been involved in the Strategic Planning
process. However, I see this as a logical collaboration – who better than
students to tell us how to cultivate meaningful communication, increase
engagement, and foster a richer campus environment with our students?
I asked the participants to give me specific strategies
on how the College could promote a safe and healthy environment and promote
engagement and service learning. Here are the highlights of the ideas we discussed.
Promote a safe and healthy environment:
- Revisit student code of conduct (examples: smoking on campus; dress code)
- Offer childcare options for TCC students
- Partner with FSU, FAMU and/or municipalities to offer access to community
amenities, recreation facilities and healthcare (example: Leach Center,
- Improve forms of communication that meet students where they are (examples:
increased texting; display college policies and student handbook in different
- Offer healthier and inexpensive dining options on campus
Promote Engagement and Service Learning:
- Improve forms of communication on campus (example: app)
- Increase focus on connecting students with employers (example: host more
- Develop volunteering requirement for classes (example: SLS)
- Reward and incentivize high performance of students
- Extend library hours during peak times (example: open until 2:00 am during
- Promote student aid opportunities (examples: scholarships for TCC and next
phase of education; work study opportunities on campus)
- Increase number of activities available for students (example: more diverse
programming with Eagle Adventures; more opportunities that engage a wider
number of students)
These were all great suggestions that I believe all our
students could agree with. So I also asked the participants to also think about
how the student body could be enabled to apply the strategies they came up
with. For example, should the SGA be more involved in the direction of student
policy? Should the clubs and organizations take a more proactive role in campus
activities? When and where should we be engaging with students?
questions and more are now this committee’s responsibility. Over the next
academic year and beyond, students will be asked to take a more active role in
not only the decisions this College makes, but also in the execution of our
strategies. It is an exciting opportunity for both them and our faculty and
staff. I truly believe that working together we can make TCC a better place.