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CMC Corner: CMC reviews exciting year

Daily Staff Writer
Leah Bornstein

Last July, I wrote to you in our CMC Corner about our three-year strategic plan outlining the exciting goals we set for ourselves through 2007.The goals focused on the many values that we hold dear: learning, access, personal enrichment, fiscal soundness, facilities, student satisfaction and scholarship opportunities.I want to share with you our accomplishments and movement toward these ends. Goal 1: By summer 2007, CMC-Summit will improve student satisfaction toward individual learning goals by creating a three-year sequential course master plan that is location and time diverse; creating a comprehensive campus-wide advising program; creating systems of communication for obtaining student feedback; and providing increased access for special populations.Our three-year master course plan was unveiled during this summer registration period and the first year is found in our Summer 2005 Course Bulletin. So far, it has been received very well by students, faculty and our student services team. This is also a highly valuable tool for high school counselors. This plan helps anyone interested in taking courses with us at the Summit Campus to plan outwards to three years. Goal 2: By summer 2007, CMC-Summit will improve access to scholarship opportunities by seeking and developing relationships with organizations that provide scholarships and promoting scholarship opportunities.

The Scholarship Team has identified several improved ways in which to market all the CMC scholarship opportunities available to specific audiences that have significant financial need.Goal 3: By summer 2007, CMC-Summit will support a successful “life long learning” program by developing and implementing a “life long learning” business plan and analyzing trends and program needs to increase educational/training opportunities.This spring, we hired a part-time director for our Center for Lifelong Learning. Jennifer Miller ( has been focused on developing a comprehensive business plan, investigating other lifelong learning programs countrywide, launching new courses and procedures, reviewing community needs and demographics and identifying goals for the next three years. You may have noticed that you can find up-to-date information on all noncredit, lifelong learning courses and workshops in the Wednesday and Friday editions of the Summit Daily News.This information changes weekly, so keep your eyes open.Goal 4: By summer 2007, CMC-Summit will identify, assess, develop, and strengthen programs by crafting an enrollment management plan; encouraging greater partnering of faculty resources and ideas; re-establishing/re-energizing all advisory groups; and utilizing community volunteers.

Our Enrollment Management Plan has been developed and implemented. We are now seeing the results in the approval of a new pastry certificate which is part of the Culinary Arts program. We anticipate the start of this certificate program in spring 2006 (if not sooner). We also proposed a Wilderness EMS credit program that was approved last month.Goal 5: By summer 2007, CMC-Summit will maintain fiscal soundness by meeting budget annually.We have remained good stewards of our community resources by meeting our annual budget in a conscious and respectful manner and will continue to do so.We developed Smart Spending Guidelines and have followed them well. We have decentralized our campus budget, trained our budget officers and are discussing and reviewing our budgets on a monthly basis.Goal 6: By summer 2007, CMC-Summit will implement the Facilities Master Plan II by building, upgrading or consolidating CMC facilities within Summit County.

Many of you have been keeping up with this goal in particular – it’s been hard not to. This year we have decided to consolidate the two campus sites into one, identified the location within Summit County in which to consolidate (Frisco), and are now in the process of narrowing the exact location within Frisco (either acreage on the north side of Dam Road or acreage next to the hospital/County Commons). Keep your ears to the ground; this is a multi-year project with lots of exciting opportunities for you to get involved.It has been another exciting year with much conversation, creativity and growth.Please feel free to contact me if you would like to get involved in any of the mentioned activities. We would love to have you on board. E-mail you would like a detailed copy, including action items and timelines, please contact Debbie Devine, executive assistant to the dean, at

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