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Working Group Revisions

Following are the working group proposed statements and supporting language for the strategic directions and goals as of the SPA meeting on July 13.  The supporting statements for Achievement, Stewardship, and Pathways were updated after the meeting.  The italicized paragraphs are the current draft language for those items.

Inclusion

Foster an environment that values and respects each member of Harper's diverse community and actively encourages cross-cultural engagement.

Harper is committed to a culturally responsive environment that makes all members of our community feel confident that the full extent of their humanity and contributions is recognized and honored. An environment that welcomes, values and respects all members of the college’s diverse community—across the spectrums of ability, academic preparedness, age, ethnicity, faith, gender expression, identities, race, and more—fosters a culture where all feel safe to participate, in open and respectful discourse, without fear of discrimination or marginalization.

Engagement

Foster and support a culture of engagement throughout the College.

Engagement refers to students' active participation in and out of the classroom and collective ownership of the learning process by students, faculty, staff, community partners, and residents. A "culture of engagement" expects and empowers everyone to take responsibility for building and maintaining positive connections among students and the Harper community. This strategic direction aims to achieve equity in engagement across all student groups according to their needs.

Achievement

Enhance and support the academic environment in ways that lead to increased student achievement and facilitate greater equity of student success across demographic groups.

Achievement comes in many forms (academic and personal) and is reflected in the proposed statement which directly refers to  supporting an academic environment that leads to greater equity. The ultimate objective of the Achievement Strategic Direction is to address the type of academic environment that leads to student success and improves academic achievement across diverse communities of students.  Diverse communities are defined in the Inclusion Strategic Direction and include spectrums of ability, academic preparedness, age, ethnicity, faith, gender expression, identities, race, and more. The statement is also aligned to what transpired at the Strategic Planning Conference.

Student Experience

Provide experiences that support the ongoing needs of our diverse student community through college-wide responsiveness and purposeful interactions.

This goal encompasses the entire experience, from first contact to completion of goals, for all Harper College students. Regardless of their reasons for attending, all students will receive equitable and responsive support, both in and out of the classroom. Faculty and staff, college-wide, will provide experiences that engage all students as active partners in their success.

Curriculum and Instruction

Evaluate and enhance curriculum in response to evolving student goals, and assess instructional approaches to provide an environment where all students can learn.

Curriculum encompasses what is taught, why it is taught, and when it is taught. As such, the curriculum at the College must be evaluated with deliberation, care, and collaboration to ensure that it meets intended outcomes and evolving student, community, transfer, and workforce needs. Instruction refers to how we teach the curriculum. The instructional approach or methods must provide ample opportunities for student learning. A variety of assessment tools enables students to demonstrate their understanding of content and mastery of skills. Differentiated instruction advances equity in the classroom and across the curriculum. Investigation and evaluation of curriculum and instructional approaches, supported by data, ensure that instruction is in line with curriculum.

Stewardship

Dedicate resources, both financial and human, to optimize student success, while remaining responsive to external trends and issues that have documented effects on the College.

Harper’s core mission is to responsibly serve students and the  Harper community. Stewardship focuses on the dedication and allocation of resources that ensure Harper optimizes strategies that lead to student success while responding to external factors including but not limited to economic, regulatory, social, competitive and technological, that have documented impact on the College. This proposed statement takes into consideration that resources are human and financial and are dedicated by both the College and external entities which are partnered or affiliated with the College.

Employee Skills

Expand and support professional development opportunities to enhance employee knowledge and skills with respect to the strategic directions and goals.

The employee skills goal should provide the opportunity for all employees to pursue appropriate forms of relevant professional development.  The goal statement as constructed intends to promote this idea of inclusion for all employees, and it intends to promote the acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to support the College's strategic plan.  From the perspective of implementing the strategic plan, the goal statement team recommends consideration for allocating sufficient financial resources in order to afford opportunities for all employees to engage in relevant professional development, recognizing that Harper College is indeed fortunate to include unique employees with unique needs, and therefore the implementation of professional development should provide for a variety of learning opportunities.

Academic Progress / Student Progress to Completion (draft - was Pathways)

Establish practices that empower and support students in exploring and identifying academic options for effective planning and progress toward achieving their educational goals.

Student Progress to Completion refers to providing our students with forms of communication, information and guidance that enable them to effectively develop and complete their educational goals. The intent of this goal is not to limit the educational options of our students, but to make available the resources they need when the need them and in ways that enable them to be successful.