While North Idaho College has undergone many transformations over the 78-year history of the Coeur d’Alene community college, change seems to be happening more rapidly than ever before.
NIC implemented a five-year strategic plan in 2008 as a document intended to guide the growth and course of the college. In the three years since that plan was written, enrollment has increased drastically; state funding has decreased significantly; the economic slump has changed the workforce needs of the region and nation; and new property purchased by the college has changed the footprint of the college.
The college also needs to ensure that it is meeting accreditation standards and being responsive to community needs.
“It is evident that the college, our students and the communities we serve have changed dramatically since the current strategic plan was implemented in 2008,” said NIC Board of Trustees Chair Mic Armon. “We are committed to keeping the college relevant, so this is an opportune time to review our plans for the future.”
At the direction of the NIC Board of Trustees, NIC employees and community members were invited to be part of the committee charged with reviewing the college’s strategic plan, mission and vision. The Long Range Visioning and Planning Committee met for the first time on July 14. Led by community members Joe Morris, former CEO of Kootenai Health, and Patty Shea, regional business manager with Avista, the team will meet through December, reviewing and revising the college’s vision, mission and values statements as well as outcomes and objectives as part of the strategic plan. Plans call for presenting the committee’s results to the NIC board at its January 2012 meeting.
Input from internal campus constituents as well as the community will be sought in various forms throughout the planning process. Community members will be welcome to sit in on meetings and public input will be allowed during several forums in the fall. Updates will also be provided on a soon to be developed long-range visioning and planning webpage.