DCB Strategic Plan 2015-2020 1 | P a g e PREFACE Dakota College’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan consists of actionable goals reflective of the beliefs it expresses in its foundational statements. These statements lay the groundwork for the road ahead; however, in the open admissions environment of the community college, it is difficult to develop strategies that won’t have to be adjusted as they develop. The changing needs of the workforce, the year-to-year variability in students’ readiness for college, and fluctuating funding levels all make for a living script that requires flexibility in order to be effective. We feel that such an instrument has been crafted for Dakota College at Bottineau and look forward to implementing the action steps that will provide a quality education in a quality environment. FOUNDATIONAL STATEMENTS Institutional Mission Dakota College provides students with a quality education in a caring environment. The institution values diversity and personal enrichment by promoting engaged learning for employment and university transfer. With the help of a supportive community, Dakota College emphasizes nature and technology to accomplish its mission through an array of curricula, programs, and services. • Liberal arts education provides students the knowledge and tools to continue their education, to serve as good stewards of the environment, and to function as responsible citizens. • Career/technical education provides students with the knowledge and skills required to succeed by utilizing natural, human, and technological resources. • Distance delivery provides students increased access to education and career opportunities. • Community education provides diverse life-long learning experiences. • Support services provide opportunities for individual growth and success. • Campus activities provide for interpersonal development. • Campus outreach provides area schools and groups access to college resources. • Workforce training and development provides the human resources for economic development. • All programs provide a greater understanding of human diversity. Dakota College’s curricula, programs, and services take students beyond nature and technology and leaves them with an ethic of concern and care for the natural world. Vision “Dakota College is rooted in the past and grows towards the future by combining the best from the Past, Present, and Future to provide students with innovative educational opportunities. The campus will emphasize a knowledge and appreciation of Nature, implement a rapidly changing Technology, and prepare students to go Beyond and improve the quality of life.” Core Values • Student Centered: Dakota College values students, considers their needs and interests, and makes sincere efforts to respond positively to those needs and interests.