The strategic planning process identified critical operational issues requiring immediate attention and progress toward solutions. These must be addressed either through the action steps in response to strategic initiatives or in separate ways.
Academic Equipment: The provision of modern, functional equipment is essential to quality instruction in academic programs, especially those in the sciences, studio arts, and technology. Resources are necessary to implement equipment replacement plans within academic departments.
Advisement: Advisement issues are varied, complex, and often difficult to separate from related issues such as course availability and registration. Action steps have been developed to address advisement and registration issues, considering the more than 20-year-old policy of mandatory advisement for undergraduate students, the non-requirement of graduate-student advisement, and anticipated changes in registration systems.
Course Availability: A recently completed study for Middle States reaccreditation and other analyses will form the basis for a concerted effort to address issues of course availability and the timely completion of degree programs.
Food Service: The auxiliary services advisory committee was established by the president to provide operational oversight. The committee reports to the vice president for finance and management and is working on the implementation of an interim dining facility in Moore Dining Hall, a new fast-food restaurant, and Phase II dining services expansion in the Student Union Plaza.
Parking: The college is in the midst of creating 100 new parking spaces with the anticipated construction of the new Burchfield-Penney Art Center. The college is acquiring property adjacent to the west end of campus for future development, which will include parking. Potential future capital projects include an un-funded new parking structure and parking lot extensions. The vice president for finance and management oversees implementation, and the Master Plan Advisory Group is the advisory board.
Online Registration: The college is in the midst of a multiyear plan to significantly improve student services and to provide a Web-based registration system. This initiative is part of the SABRE (Student Admissions, Billing, Registration, and Enrollment Management) Project.