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CMC Corner: Another year wraps up at CMC

LEAH BORNSTEINguest columnist

As we at the Summit Campus of Colorado Mountain College wrap up another successful academic year, we’re also wrapping up a three-year strategic plan. I’d like to share with you some of our achievements over these past three years, in meeting our six campus goals.For these goals, we said that CMC-Summit will: Improve student satisfaction toward individual learning goals. In reaching this goal, we have created a three-year sequential course master plan, which is being used by students, counselors, advisors, faculty and staff. We developed a comprehensive, campus-wide advising program, which includes a calendar of events and activities, an annual timeline and a student satisfaction survey. We implemented a new instructional evaluation system for obtaining student feedback to improve learning outcomes. And we created and have administered a retention/course drop survey. Improve access to learning by focusing on scholarship opportunities. We have created and marketed additional assistance opportunities for populations not served by traditional scholarships. Support a successful “lifelong learning” program. The Center for Lifelong Learning was established through the creation of an extensive business plan. We analyzed community trends and program needs to increase local education, training and partnership opportunities. We established and implemented a campus marketing plan. Numerous courses and workshops that support lifelong learning are being currently offered. Identify, assess, develop and strengthen programs. We crafted and implemented enrollment management plans for several programs. Overall campus enrollment has increased by 11 percent during the past three years. All advisory groups were reestablished or repurposed and new groups were formed. We investigated new programs and certificates, and had them approved through the college and state system. Several programs – including wilderness EMT, entrepreneurship certificate, pastry certificate and laying the foundation for expanding the college’s nursing program to Summit County – were implemented, and the remaining will be implemented within the next strategic planning cycle. Maintain fiscal soundness. The campus decentralized its budget process and provided training for new budget officers. We also established and followed smart spending guidelines, and ended each fiscal year with a safe balance remaining. Build, upgrade or consolidate facilities within Summit County. Summit County recommended the college create a consolidated campus. Parcels of land were identified within both the Towns of Frisco and Breckenridge for a new campus facility. An election about the location of the site was held in Frisco. Following the results of the election, Breckenridge was established as the location for building a new facility, while maintaining our current Dillon site. The college hired architectural and construction companies and established a design team. Initial stages of design were completed, with input from our staff and the community. The college established a capital campaign steering committee and conducted a feasibility study.We’re proud of the progress we’ve made these past few years, and look forward to sharing our next strategic plan with you.Leah Bornstein is the dean of the Colorado Mountain College – Summit campus.

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