Strategic Priorities

Priority: Educational Excellence Throughout System

Goals

  • Promote educational excellence through academic achievement
  • Create a college experience that enriches the lives of our students and prepares them for their chosen careers
  • Recruit, retain and invest in excellent faculty and staff
  • Strengthen academic programs
  • Create a diverse community

Strategies

  • Assess student learning outcomes 
  • Provide students with access to effective academic advising
  • Develop practices that foster a culture of inclusion, openness, and collaboration among administrators, faculty, staff, and students
  • Increase support for professional development
  • Support an environment that promotes collaborative research and service
  • Facilitate system-wide discipline-based meetings to talk about new initiatives
  • Create System policy for best use of adjunct faculty
  • Strengthen programs for leadership, global connectedness, and service-learning
  • Develop and implement a clear policy that defines success
  • Establish an environment conducive to creating new programs
  • Strengthen partnerships with the community colleges
  • Enhance coordinated outreach through distance delivery of classes, services, programs, and degrees
  • Implement the Student Enrichment Exchange Program

Priority: Financial Strength of the System

Goals

  • Ensure financial accountability
  • Increase enrollment and retention
  • Strengthen fiscal, environmental, technological and physical resources
  • Strengthen state funding commitment and continued support
  • Secure public and private funding sources 

Strategies

  • Develop and implement a plan for optimal enrollment 
  • Increase number of students in residential housing 
  • Increase endowments 
  • Expand the master’s degree enrollments and offerings 
  • Increase number of out-of-state students 
  • Keep board of Trustees informed on the financial status of the colleges and system 
  • Continually find ways to stretch limited resources as far as possible 
  • Strengthen connections with legislators 
  • Ensure that plans for resource allocation support system and institutional priorities 
  • Maintain facilities and improve the physical environment 
  • Promote innovative funding programs 
  • Implement comprehensive master plans and strengthen investment for technology 
  • Share faculty, courses, and resources 
  • Implement a system-wide survey to discern students needs 
  • Award additional scholarships

Priority: Greater System Prominence

Goals

  • Emphasize the benefits of a three-college system
  • Increase awareness of the system
  • Market distinctiveness of the system
  • Promote collaboration within the system 

Strategies

  • Communicate that many graduates stay in Nebraska 
  • Promote the economic impact of the system and the colleges 
  • Publicize collaborative efforts and programs 
  • Develop user-friendly, attractive websites to make a positive first impression 
  • Market the investment value of an NSCS degree