Angus Graeme Provides Annual Update with Focus on Strategic Plan
On his annual autumn tour through the West Kootenay and Boundary, Selkirk College President Angus Graeme will stop by eight campuses and learning centres in October to provide employees information and talk about the progress on the strategic plan refresh.
A vital part of keeping staff engaged in the opportunities and challenges faced by the college, Graeme is looking forward to sharing the findings of the initial round of consultations for strategic planning during this fall’s dates.
“I am very grateful to all staff who have participated in the process of this defining document,” says Graeme. “The strategic plan will help us set a course for the next five years that will make the student experience that much better, help provide focus for all staff and make our role in the communities we serve even more valued.”
Selkirk College is currently undergoing a strategic plan refresh that will set the course for the post-secondary until 2023. The college community is invited to provide input at a series of public meetings in October that will help the college serve our learners into the future.
As part of the five-year strategic plan review, Selkirk College has undertaken an extensive internal and external consultation process involving input from students, staff, alumni, retirees and community. With the current plan set to expire at the end of 2018, the college has now entered the next stage of the process that will set a course until 2023.
Employees Deliver on Providing Input
Working with Rossland-based ThoughtExchange, the college opened up an online engagement process to ensure as many voices were incorporated into the process. Between April 23 and May 11, almost 500 people took part in the online forum where more than 800 thoughts were shared and 18,000 interactions completed. Almost 50 per cent of the participation in the process came from employees.
“I’m inspired to see the level of interest from within the college community to the online engagement process,” says Graeme. “As we continue to map out the coming years for the college, we are at a point where it’s important to lay out what we have discovered, hear back from people and get to work on putting the finishing touches on this vital document.”
Five main priorities have emerged from the consultation: experiential learning, career preparation, employee support, program innovation and delivery, and technology and facilities. Participants in the process have also identified common outcomes that every student at the end of their Selkirk College learning experience should have which include: critical thinking and problem solving, career preparation, confidence and accomplishment, community and culture, and experiential learning.
Once the refresh is complete, the strategic plan will be instrumental in the identification and development of programs and services into the future. It also assists college leadership in making informed decisions on the allocation of effort and resources which helps fuel the day-to-day work of the institution.
“Changes in our students, global challenges, and the future of work, education and society require us to be responsive to the needs of today and while preparing for the years to come,” says Graeme. “This college was established more than 50 years ago because the communities in the West Kootenay and Boundary said it was important to have attainable and inspiring post-secondary education locally. That hasn’t changed, but what we deliver on a daily basis needs to always be relevant to the people we serve.”
Graeme will also be discussing other topics during the course of the meetings and encourages questions from all those who attend.
All staff are encouraged to attend the following meetings:
- October 2 – Trail Campus at noon
- October 4 – Grand Forks Campus POSTPONED (new date TBD)
- October 9 – Tenth Street Campus between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (room P309)
- October 10 – Castlegar Campus between noon and 1 p.m. (Staff Lounge)
- October 11 – Victoria Street Campus between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. (room 310)
- October 15 – Kaslo Learning Centre between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- October 29 – Nakusp Learning Centre between noon and 1 p.m.
- October 31 – Silver King Campus between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (room 16)
You can find out more about the Selkirk College strategic plan refresh process that includes the latest data from ThoughtExchange at selkirk.ca.
Please note that there will also be external communications regarding a series of community meetings on the strategic plan. These meetings may be on the same day, but are intended for the general public.