The Strategic Planning Task Force, which was assembled in the spring, will continue its work this fall at Springfield Technical Community College.

The 30-member task force includes a broad cross section of voices – students, alumni, faculty and staff. In addition, the group will work with two liaisons, one from the Department of Higher Education and one from the STCC Board of Trustees. Dr. Shai Butler, Vice President of Advancement and External Affairs, is co-chairing the task force with Eileen Cusick, a professor of Business Administration.

The goal is to launch the Strategic Plan in the spring, with a target of April or May.

The Plan will be used to set priorities and ensure the best use of resources. It will help set the vision of the college for the next five years. The task force is examining the community college and higher education landscape to help identify STCC’s strengths and areas of need. The group has been engaging with local and regional community leadership to understand current and future priorities. They also are receiving input from deans, vice presidents and others from on-campus.

During an All-College Town Hall last April, President Cook introduced the task force and highlighted its mission at an All-College Town Hall meeting on April 22.

The task force is using existing references to frame its work. Sources include:

  • The STCC/NECHE Self Study
  • The STCC Campus Master Plan
  • The STCC IT Master Plan
  • The STCC Academic Plan
  • The state Department of Higher Education “Equity Agenda” framework

Upon completion of its work, the task force will submit a plan to be endorsed by the STCC Board of Trustees and approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.