LSC President Pat Johns, who began his tenure in July 2010, recognized the need for a strategic plan for the college. LSC began the strategic planning process in fall 2010. Al Watts, a consultant with inTEgro, was hired to facilitate the process. A strategic planning task force comprised of faculty, staff, students and community members was organized. The task force’s job was to recommend four to six strategic initiatives to guide the college’s planning and budgeting for the FY12-FY15 cycle. The planning process emphasized ongoing communication and input to and from a variety of sources. Public forums and validation sessions included meeting with business and civic leaders, general community members, students, staff, and faculty. A dedicated employee online portal offered an ongoing dialogue area designed to solicit comments and resource links from campus members. A shared research repository with links to pertinent articles and reports was also available.
Master Academic Plan (MAP)
Lake Superior College’s Master Academic Plan outlines program priorities and commitments, along with functional support plans, for executing the goals and objectives in LSC’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan.
In developing the process, the following were necessary before beginning:
- An environmental scan gathering community input was completed during the strategic planning process
- The vision and mission and strategic direction were established
- The strategic plan “frames” the master academic plan by including clear goals