College of the Rockies Unveils New Strategic Plan

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(l-r) College of the Rockies President and CEO David Walls and Board Chair David Handy are excited to release the College’s new strategic plan.

College of the Rockies Board Chair David Handy is pleased to announce the College has completed work on a new five-year strategic plan.

“College President and CEO David Walls and the Strategic Planning Committee have undertaken one of the most extensive strategic plan consultation processes in our history which has resulted in a new vision for the College,” Handy says.  “I am pleased with the work that has been done by President Walls and the Committee and am excited about where the College will be moving over the next five years.”

In February, 2014 the Strategic Planning Committee, consisting of 14 members including student, faculty, support staff, middle and senior management and Board of Governors representatives, embarked on the development of the new strategic plan.

A key principle of the process was engaging as many internal and external stakeholders as possible.  Students, support staff, faculty, management, College Board members and over 90 citizens of Fernie, Cranbrook/Kimberley, Invermere, Golden and Creston participated in the process and provided vital information, feedback and suggestions.

The resulting plan, entitled Our Road Map to New Heights, includes a new mission statement– To transform lives and enrich communities through the power of education and a new vision – To create and deliver the most personal student experience in Canada.

“Our new mission and vision statements are symbols of our renewed commitment to our students and to our communities,” explains College President and CEO David Walls.  “Over the next five years, we will be focusing on four themes: exceptional student experience, educational excellence and innovation, improving employee empowerment and effectiveness, and expanding partnerships and connections.”

College staff provided valuable input into the Strategic Plan as the document was created, with the final Plan presented to them on March 10.  Each department now will explore what role they play in seeing that the objectives are met.

“We have much to be proud of at College of the Rockies.  We are a team of talented, dedicated professionals who make a difference in the lives of our students and the people and organizations within our communities,” Walls adds.