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Strategic Planning 2017

Drafted Strategic Planning Goals

Following a spring semester of conversations with students, faculty, and staff, our college’s next strategic plan has a framework built on your feedback. Below you will find our three drafted Strategic Planning goals for your review.

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Strategic Direction:
Enhancing Student Success and Completion

Strategic Goal:

We will work diligently to ensure student success with the objective of increasing certificate and degree completion rates, based on our belief that students are motivated, capable and committed to attaining academic achievement. With equity as a cornerstone, our role is to ensure excellence in academic quality and support services to prepare students for success through completion, transfer or placement in the workforce.  Toward this end, we will pursue strategies that complement the directions of our outside agencies. 

Strategic Direction:
Expanding Partnerships and Programs

Strategic Goal:

To prepare our students for future success and support Rhode Island’s economic and workforce goals, we will continue to develop robust partnerships and programs that align with educational institutions, employer needs, and community organizations. With equity as our frame, these partnerships will provide our students with the outstanding education, skills training, and support they require to successfully transfer to a four-year institution or secure sustainable employment. Our emphasis on partnerships and programs will allow us to promote the College as an adaptive, responsive, high-performing institution.

Strategic Direction:
Strengthening the Effectiveness of our Organization

Strategic Goal:

We will improve institutional effectiveness by developing a strong organizational culture, investing in professional development, and enhancing our systems.  We will collectively embrace a culture of trust, respect and open, transparent communication.  We will invest in ongoing professional development that positions faculty and staff to continuously grow and develop in their careers.  We will revitalize our financial, operational and technology systems to support the college in being more innovative, effective and responsive based on best practices.  Through this focus on institutional effectiveness, we will support more collaborative, data-driven, student centered decision making.


Strategic planning process

We are happy to announce that starting March 8 we began engaging the college community in important conversations as part of our collective work to create our next strategic plan. This first piece of college-wide dialogue will start with a series of workshops and open forums on all of our campuses.

The timeline for this process consists of these five phases:

1. Learning and Listening (early March)
Assessment of CCRI’s current state internally and externally.

2. Strategic Visioning (early April)
Review of national best practices and future trends that will influence CCRI.

3. Community Conversations (late April)
Discussion of issues and goals with faculty, staff, and students, as well as external constituencies.

4. Finalizing Goals and Building for Long Term Success (Fall 2017 semester)
Validation of goals with the college community. Creation of draft action items and key performance indicators.

5. Implementation (Beginning January 2018)
Official launch of the college’s new strategic plan.

We have identified the higher education consulting firm of Paulien & Associates to work with us as we develop this plan. Paulien has significant experience working with community colleges around the country and they come highly recommended for their inclusive, thoughtful approach to ensuring broad participation of faculty, staff, and students.

We are looking forward to the strategic planning process and the dialogue that will inform its construction. Your ideas, knowledge, and feedback will provide a solid foundation for our plan and strengthen our college as we move forward.

Regular updates will be shared throughout this entire process at and we encourage you to check-in regularly. On this page we will be sharing organized feedback from meetings, drafted versions of the planning document, links to virtually participate in open forums, and other updates as we move through the process.

We look forward to your involvement and participation in this important planning process.

Meghan Hughes

Visit this page often for updates on CCRI’s strategic planning process.

Contact Information

Dr. Meghan Hughes

Knight Campus
Room 3328
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400 East Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886

Fax: 401-825-2166


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