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Institutional Priorities

Changing the Odds at Allan Hancock College

Guiding Principles and Priorities to Lead College Planning

Guiding Principles

  1. AHC will change the odds for students by continuing to provide quality instruction while improving time to completion.
  2. AHC is committed to equity and diversity by ensuring our actions are based on an awareness of the social and historical context of inclusionary practices.
  3. AHC will ensure a positive community presence by responding to community needs, including outreach to nontraditional students.
  4. AHC will strive to ensure fiscal integrity and management of resources by implementing sound scheduling practices based on relevant metrics and goals.

Priority Initiatives and Strategies

1. Engage and Support the Community

  1. Provide educational access to high school students through concurrent enrollment and other opportunities
  2. Create a college-going culture
  3. Facilitate high school credentialing for adults
  4. Ensure adequate outreach to noncredit and nontraditional students

2. Ensure Sufficient Institutional Capacity to Support Current and Future College Success

  1. Improve operational efficiency
  2. Optimize new funding formula to enhance revenue
  3. Expand and diversify funding streams
  4. Continue to monitor and assess student needs
  5. Enhance student success by providing a supportive physical environment
  6. Plan for future demographic trends of incoming students

3. Develop and Implement Strategies to Improve Student Completion

  1. Accelerate basic skills progression to college readiness
    1. Promote accelerated courses and summer bridge
    2. Maintain the Bridges to Success program and other collaborative meetings
    3. Explore the use of AB 288 to offer pre-collegiate courses in high schools
    4. Implement, promote, and evaluate AB 705 interventions
  2. Develop, implement, and monitor retention strategies to ensure timely completion
  3. Promote and facilitate Road Maps to Success 
  4. Promote the Promise Program to increase the college going rates of feeder high school students
  5. Implement scheduling practices that meet student needs such as weekend and emeritus college
  6. Reduce the cost of attending college through innovative practices such as the Zero Textbook Cost Program
  7. Increase completion of student outcomes, including, but not limited to, transfer, degree and certificate completion, and job placement rates, and noncredit to credit transitions
    1. Develop partnerships with four-year colleges and local industries
    2. Enhance and expand services in the career and transfer center
    3. Increase and promote ADTs
    4. Expand programs and services for special populations
    5. Develop clear pathways from noncredit to credit
  8. Implement auto-awarding for certificates and degrees, including processes to ensure that no degrees or certificates will be auto-awarded without the express and informed affirmative consent of each student

4. Provide Adequate Professional Development Training

  1. Ensure opportunities for all employees to participate in professional development
  2. Provide adequate training to use institutional technology and software
  3. Provide training for the use of institutional data 
  4. Promote integrated training for all employees

Updated 9/5/2019