2013-18 Strategic Plan

From 2011 to 2013, COCC engaged in an inclusive process to update the College's Strategic Plan. Final Board approval of the 2013-18 Strategic Plan was granted in June 2013.


Central Oregon Community College promotes student success and community enrichment by providing quality, accessible, lifelong education opportunities.


To achieve student success and community enrichment, COCC fosters student completion of academic goals, prepares students for employment, assists regional employers and promotes equitable achievement for the diverse students and communities we serve. 


Student Focused in All That We Do 
Caliber of Faculty and Staff  
Open Door Philosophy 
Campus Traditions 
Work/Life Balance 
Comprehensive Services 
Internal Connections 
External Connections 

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Students will have the opportunity to be successful because the College has planned and invested appropriately to ensure high quality programs, services and facilities that support student learning and educational achievement.

Institutional Sustainability Objectives

IS.1 - Expand and refine data, research and assessment systems and infrastructure to support student success.
IS.2 - Increase meaningful partnerships to improve COCC’s effectiveness and positive impact in the region.
IS.3 - Develop a scalable approach to assessing student learning at the degree, program and course levels.
IS.4 - Explore and strategically pursue funding options, both traditional and alternative, to ensure fiscal sustainability.
IS.5 - Further develop and enhance employees and operational systems to ensure institutional quality and viability.
IS.6 - Further develop and enhance facilities to ensure institutional quality and viability.
IS.7 - Evaluate options for student housing and establish and implement a construction plan if Board endorses project.
IS.8 - Support enrollment and success of underrepresented students.
IS.9 - Expand access throughout the district with long-term strategies for educational services in underserved areas.
IS.10 - Maintain student affordability while ensuring efficient and cost effective operations.


Students will have the academic achievement and skills necessary to transfer and articulate successfully to institutions of higher learning beyond the community college level.

Transfer and Articulation Objectives

TA.1 - Maximize support services, from entrance to transfer, to promote access and success for students intending to transfer.
TA.2 - Maintain and strengthen student opportunities to make progress toward degree completion and/or transfer.
TA.3 - Provide students a high-quality general education.


Students will be prepared for employment through the acquisition of knowledge and discipline-specific, employment skills necessary to meet current industry needs.

Workforce Development Objectives

WD.1 - Maximize support services, from entrance to completion, to promote successful completion of CTE programs.
WD.2 - Deliver CTE curricula that meets current industry standards.
WD.3 - Maintain and strengthen student opportunities in CTE programs for students to achieve program completion and employment in their area of study.
WD.4 - Cultivate current and future industry partnerships and assist industry partners in regional economic development and job creation.


Students will have academic achievements and basic learning skills necessary to participate effectively as engaged community and family members, and employees, and to succeed at the college level.

Basic Skills Objectives

BS.1 - Students who complete English Language Learner (ELL) courses will have the skills to succeed in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) courses.
BS.2 - Students who complete ASE level courses will have the skills necessary to obtain the GED.
BS.3 - Students who complete ASE level courses will have the skills to succeed in credit writing and math courses.
BS.4 - Students who successfully complete developmental writing and/or math courses will succeed in higher-level credit writing and math courses appropriate to their certificate or degree programs.


Lifelong learning provides accessible, noncredit learning opportunities to our community in the areas of Enrichment, Professional Development, Technology and Wellness.

Lifelong Learning Objectives

LL.1 - Broaden lifelong learning opportunities based on assessed campus, community, and industry needs.
LL.2 - Increase overall, lifelong learning participation.
LL.3 - Increase accessibility, instructional delivery, and registration options in Continuing Education.
LL.4 - Support lifelong learning for College employees by designing and advancing educational opportunities.

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