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Strategic Plan 2020-2025

The Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange) Strategic Plan 2020-2025 provides a roadmap that will guide the College to its 75th anniversary in 2025. It will usher SUNY Orange into the future with uncommon confidence. We empower, strengthen, sustain, and invigorate our vision and mission with strategies that are responsive to the communities we serve and in the time in which we serve them. Successful implementation of the strategic plan is driven by citizen enrollment in, retention and/or use of, and completion of the programs and services described.

Strategic Initiative 1: Empower Student Success:
Equitably link students with their aspirations

Goal #1: Identify and reduce the barriers to academic and personal success


  1. Build a network of support services that align personal well-being with academic learning
  2. Enhance ongoing and continuous connections between students and their advisors from entry to graduation
  3. Expand accelerated learning opportunities for students who are underprepared for degree pathways 


Goal #2: Provide individualized resources and guidance to ensure student readiness to succeed at SUNY Orange


  1. Create and implement a guided first-year experience that addresses self-efficacy, college readiness and a sense of belonging within the SUNY Orange community 
  2. Provide mentorship opportunities to better connect students to the college community through multiple touchpoints
  3. Integrate career and transfer guidance throughout the student curricular and co-curricular experience   


Goal #3: Increase flexibility for the students of today and tomorrow 


  1. Create program maps for part-time students
  2. Strengthen resources and technologies for online learning
  3. Create long term course sequencing for on-campus and online learners


Goal #4: Create accessible pipelines between non-degree, degree, and certificate programs



  1. Provide targeted placement measures for historically underserved students, creating multiple pathways/flexible schedule options to program completion
  2. Bridge ESL/HSE students to the college community in order to facilitate equitable transition to and persistence in college and certificate programs
  3. Provide opportunities for current students who are dual-enrolled and those who are enrolled in non-degree programs to progress into degree programs


Strategic Initiative 2: Strengthen our Region’s Economic Future:
Teach and Train for a Brighter Tomorrow

Goal #1: Expand workforce development in emerging, innovative fields


  1. . Identify and respond to evolving business, industry and cultural trends, and community needs
  2. Target emerging local skill sets that will lead to an increase in business growth, entrepreneurship, and innovation
  3. Offer more opportunity to meet the growing need of blue-collar to white-collar professional development


Goal #2: Identify and address the needs of an increasingly diverse regional population and workforce


  1. Identify and recognize changing student demographics when planning new workforce initiatives
  2. Offer expanded evening, weekend, and online course offerings
  3. Develop innovative and flexible approaches to educational design and programming that will meet the needs of students and area employers
  4. Provide short term credentials aligned with workforce needs to increase career ladder progression and degree completion


Goal #3: Increase non-credit pathways to degree completion and the regional workforce through greater integration of CAPE


  1. Integrate workforce development and CAPE throughout the College via noncredit pathways that lead to gainful employment and degree completion
  2. Utilize pathway designers and certificate coordinators to facilitate the training process
  3. Increase and strengthen school-to-work programming that accelerates entry into the workforce


Goal #4: Realign the image of the College as a realistic opportunity for all residents of the region


  1. Strengthen awareness of the college as an educational hub for community learning, engagement, enrichment and growth
  2. Continue to emphasize the pillars of our institution: academic and faculty excellence
  3. Collaborate with government entities to support and promote the college’s role in the future of our region

Strategic Initiative 3: Sustain and Invigorate Our Planned Future:
Reimagine Human, Financial and Physical Resources

Goal #1: Improve the effectiveness of our human resources to achieve holistic, student-centered outcomes that enhance the student and employee experience


  1. Foster a culture of collaboration, communication, and civility within and among departments as well as between campuses
  2. Equip and train our faculty and staff to anticipate and meet the needs of our students in an efficient and effective manner
  3. Assess and redistribute existing human resources to provide services that meet the needs of our diverse and evolving student population
  4. Provide meaningful ongoing faculty and staff development to ensure competence with rapidly developing technologies and information through interdisciplinary training and educational programming


Goal #2: Collaborate with community partners and other educational institutions to expand funding and educational opportunities in pursuit of student-centered outcomes


  1. Provide unique workforce development programs to develop innovative degrees and credentials based on institutional strengths, student needs, and partner feedback
  2. Implement ongoing and consistent assessment to ensure the goals of the college, the Foundation, and community partners are aligned
  3. Grow educational partnerships to expand opportunities for students


Goal #3: Maximize and more efficiently use technologies and physical resources to enhance the student experience


  1. Establish sustainable plans and processes that allow for upgrading and maintaining existing resources in an environmentally responsible manner
  2. Consistently assess resource utilization in collaboration with all stakeholders
  3. Be proactive in evaluating and adopting new technologies