As the college embraces Inclusive Excellence (IE) this strategic plan will help guide how we can work together to institutionalize IE on multiple levels. Everyone will have an opportunity to contribute to this effort and make the goals throughout the plan relevant and tangible for their respective departments. This plan is intended for the entire college to share in the implementation and will also be used to inform CCA’s next College-Wide strategic plan for the next five years.
Goal 1: Assess and evaluate practices, policies, curriculum, student learning, and program outcomes, as well as campus attitudes and experiences for equity and inclusion.
Goal 2: Involve students in the IE process by elevating the student voice, creating more inclusive student physical spaces, creating and maintaining direct IE programming, providing educational IE resources, and offering mentoring opportunities for students.
Goal 3: Establish and expand resources to support IE at CCA.
Goal 4: Develop and consistently offer training for students, faculty, and staff; support individual departments through IE training that meets the needs of their specific disciplines and/or services.
Goal 5: Implement inclusive hiring and onboarding practices, offer IE professional development opportunities, and require an IE goal in every performance plan.
In order to achieve the outcomes in this plan from 2017-2022, the IE Council was asked to identify three major priorities to focus on all of the goals that could be used to achieve. The year markers for these priorities mean that there will be a primary focus for that year, but every priority will be addressed every year of this strategic plan utilizing the methods identified and executed by college leadership and committees from the IE Council. These priorities were identified based on feedback from employees and students at CCA.
Year 1 Priority of IE Strategic Plan: Increase Student Engagement with IE
Jan 2020 Update: A major component of implementing Inclusive Excellence at an institutional level is the ability to make student-centered decisions and seek to provide equitable outcomes for students with students. Many departments were able to seek student input on major initiatives to inform decisions, and revisions to services or structural changes via survey distribution and student focus groups. Some of these initiatives included input on renovations to the Student Centre, the new college-wide strategic plan, classroom experiences, satisfaction and outcomes of advising services, and pre/post surveys for New Student Orientation. The new College-Wide strategic planning committee secured two students on the committee, and survey results were used to inform the structure and goals of the new strategic plan. Students were also looped into the structure of All-College meetings with having allocated time to share their experiences in different curricular and co-curricular programs they are involved in at the College. In addition to more intentional student-centered decision-making, various departments were also able to engage students in IE related initiatives. A new IE training for students was created and piloted with student employees. Many other functional areas found ways to incorporate IE in student leadership opportunities, services, assessment, and programs that included creating an IE learning outcome or using an IE framework. Multiple opportunities were identified to continue to foster student engagement with IE efforts, as we well as incorporate student voice in college processes and decision-making. Divisions recognized the need to incorporate students in institutional initiatives such as the Assessment Committee, and continued engagement with the college-wide strategic plan.
Year 3 Priority of IE Strategic Plan: Establish a Center for Teaching and Learning
Jan 2020 Update: The development of a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) was the second priority identified in spring 2018. Although the primary focus for this goal will occur during the 2019-2020 academic year, there was progress made on this priority during the 2018-2019 year. The division of Academic Affairs is solely responsible for executing this goal. The CTL will be organized under the Associate Dean for Instructional Intervention and Support. The Instructional Intervention and Support (IIS) team conducted research on existing CTL’s in the Colorado Community College System as well as the CTL at Valencia Community College to inform the design for a CTL at CCA. The department also conducted a needs assessment with faculty and department chairs through a survey and follow up focus groups to inform the design of a CTL. There were 26 workshops piloted and 285 participants in the first year of the department’s existence. Here are examples of the types of workshops offered this year: Decentering Whiteness, Inclusive Classroom Culture, Effective Teaching Practices, Student Centered Learning, Being a Reflexive Practitioner, and High Impact Practices. These workshops are demonstrative of the types of professional development that can be offered through a structured Center for Teaching and Learning for faculty and instructors. The IIS department also facilitated a course in effective teaching practice developed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE). The course engaged faculty and instructors in learning about additional effective teaching and learning strategies. Due to the high participation and feedback received, the department determined there is a need to provide sustainable infrastructure for faculty and instructor development.
Year 5 Priority of IE Strategic Plan: Embed IE throughout Human Resources
Jan 2020 Update: The final priority identified from the IE strategic plan was to embed IE throughout Human Resource processes, such as the development of job descriptions, hiring strategies, hiring committees, onboarding, retention strategies, and performance evaluations. Just as stated with the second priority, although this will be the primary focus for between 2021-2023 years, there has been a good amount of work started with this priority. Multiple divisions are now requiring all full-time employees to have an IE related goal as a part of their annual performance plans. Every job description now includes the IE statement and some departments are reviewing job descriptions to include IE in the qualifications and responsibilities. In addition to revising job descriptions multiple departments are also asking IE related questions throughout the interview process. Employees also continue to complete implicit bias training for search committees. Student Affairs actively monitors the Equal Employment Opportunity data throughout the interview process to ensure there is equitable selection amongst all racial and ethnic groups within the applicant and candidate pool.
In February 2019, a climate survey was distributed to the CCA student community to better understand the perspectives of CCA students on a variety of topics and issues concerning equity, diversity and Inclusive Excellence at the Community College of Aurora.
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In 2015, a climate survey was distributed to the CCA community to better understand the perspectives of CCA students and employees on a variety of topics and issues concerning equity, diversity and Inclusive Excellence at the Community College of Aurora.