2022-2026 Strategic Plan: Aspiring To Be The Best

Throughout 2021, Muskegon Community College engaged campus and community members in a process to develop the Muskegon Community College 2022-2026 strategic plan. Under the direction of the MCC Integrated Planning Steering Committee, 150 Students, community stakeholders, and employees met July through October 2021 to identify priorities and goals for the new plan.  In addition, all community members, students, employees, and other stakeholders were invited to provide input via town hall meetings, forums, and surveys.  Overall, 46 organizations and 2,354 people participated in the process.

The collaborations produced a new 54-month strategic plan that builds on student success accomplishments and aims to position Muskegon Community College as the best community college in the nation.  The comprehensive and inclusive planning process led to three priorities and ten goals, which were endorsed by the MCC Board of Trustees in March 2022.  Everyone is welcome to provide feedback on the strategic plan at any time during the 4.5-year implementation period at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCCgoals.

MCC 2022-2026 Strategic Plan Priorities and Goals

Priority #1:  ACCESS   
MCC will expand outreach efforts and be a visible and recognized leader
1. Increase awareness of MCC
2. Meet annual enrollment goals while expanding opportunities for underrepresented populations
3. Increase community engagement
Priority #2:  EQUITY
MCC will provide all students with the equal opportunity to succeed regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, color, ethnicity, national origin, or any other characteristics
4. Create an inclusive culture of understanding and respect towards diversity
5. Increase student and employee diversity
6. Enhance each student’s experience
Priority #3:  EXCELLENCE
MCC will prepare students for post-graduate success
7. Improve outcomes for all students
8. Improve institutional effectiveness
9. Provide exceptional environments for effective teaching and learning
10. Increase transfer and career success of graduates

MCC Integrated Planning Steering Committee

Goal Team Leaders:

Access Goals: Kristin Tank, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and Stephanie Briggs, Director of Admissions

Equity Goals: Ken James, Chief Diversity Officer and Jason Cooper, Director of Compliance & Title IX Coordinator

Excellence GoalsDr. Ed Breitenbach, Dean of Assessment and Instruction and Dr. Patti D’Avignon, Dean of Student Services


Integrated Planning Consultant: Dr. Nicholas Santilli, Senior Director for Learning Strategy, The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 

MCC’s Integrated Planning Process

The 54-month plan commenced in spring 2022 and concludes June 30, 2026.  Our aim is to increase enrollment among under-represented groups and meet the criteria for the top student success awards from the leading student success organizations, the Achieving the Dream Leah Meyer Austin Award, Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction, and the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.  These prestigious awards are based on student success data related to equity, access, retention/completion, graduation rates, and post-graduate success.  Additional information about the planning process is outlined in the MCC Integrated Planning Charter

The planning process followed the Appreciative Inquiry model, which is a strengths-based approach.  Collaborative discussions with the 150 students, community members, and employees serving on five committees resulted in the following conclusions:

What we do well:

  • Provide exceptional value for a high-quality education
  • Offer outstanding support to students
  • Provide a wide array of community services and events

What we value:

  • The success of our students
  • Providing a welcoming environment
  • Community collaborations
  • Teaching and learning
  • Talent, expertise, commitment, and dedication of faculty and staff

What we hope for the future:

  • Increase access and enrollment
  • Improve diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Expand collaborations
  • Provide an exceptional environment for teaching and learning

Community-Wide Academic Needs Assessment

As part of Muskegon Community College’s strategic planning process, we encouraged input from the community about what programs, courses, and other educational opportunities are needed.  We worked with a variety of partners to get input from current/recent high school students, current/recent MCC students, business/industry, alumni, and all community members in May-August 2021.

Review the results of our 2021 Community Needs Assessment

Contact Dr. Edward Breitenbach, Dean of Instruction and Assessment, at edward.breitenbach@muskegoncc.edu with questions.

Next Steps

Student and community input will continue to be vital to the process.  All stakeholders will have the opportunity to be informed and and provide feedback throughout the 54-month implementation process.

Quarterly Reports:  Progress on all objectives will be reported on our website each quarter starting in fall 2022.

Community Summits:  Each fall, we will invite stakeholders to our annual summit event.  In addition to getting updates on what was accomplished over the past year, we collect input that will be used to prioritize initiatives and define focus areas for the coming year.

Annual Reports:  Our annual report publications document accomplishments for each academic year.  Contact us at strategic.planning@muskegoncc.edu If you’d like to get on the mailing list.

Keep Informed

Please follow us on the MCC Facebook for community members and/or subscribe to our newsletter, MCC News Digest, to keep informed of our progress.

Tina Dee Tina Dee
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Room 2109H
(231) 777-0660