Strategic enrollment planning for community colleges is crucial in today’s higher education environment. A solid strategic enrollment planning process can help community colleges address changes in academic demands, employment needs, and student diversity.
However, strategic enrollment planning does change for different institution types. In this post, I address key topics and strategies for strategic enrollment planning for community colleges, topics my colleagues at RNL and I will be addressing these topics in depth at our forthcoming Strategic Enrollment Planning Executive Forum.
The building blocks of strategic enrollment planning for community colleges
The foundation of a good strategic enrollment plan is a good process. The key is to bring the right people to the table, provide them with access to institutional and external data, foster collaboration across the institution, embrace transparency, and roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Know at the outset that the goal is not to do everything, but to identify those few strategies that the data say have the greatest potential to improve institutional performance, and that will mobilize the campus community to action. It sounds simple, but it requires strong leadership. For community colleges, that often means intentionally planning for a broader scope, one that involves key community partners and complementary service providers.[Read more…]