Continual planning and assessment processes are critical to maintaining and improving upon the institutional effectiveness of Wharton County Junior College (WCJC). Moreover, the institution uses data to monitor institutional outcomes and demonstrate progress toward the achievement of the WCJC mission. As such, the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (PIE) works to promote an institution-wide culture of continuous quality improvement through the systematic review of institutional and unit-driven goals and outcomes.
The Purpose of Planning
The purpose of planning at WCJC is focused on ensuring that all administrative units are operating in a manner that is both efficient and effective. Efficiency of a unit is focused on ensuring that the resources allocated to a division are being optimized, while efficacy refers to refers to a unit’s ability to achieve desired outcomes and results. By engaging in continuous planning practices, WCJC units are able to readily identify areas of strength and weakness within their organization, modify their operational practices based on practical results, and improve upon desired outcomes.
In addition to evaluating unit-specific objectives, the WCJC planning process is designed to ensure that all divisions align their unit-specific mission, goals, and outcomes to the overarching institutional strategic plan. Through this alignment, the institutional strategic plan can be made more robust through the inclusion of outcomes and strategies that are implemented within individual units. Moreover, this method of cross-referencing the institutional mission and goals within each of the division plans helps to monitor and confirm the inclusivity of the overarching WCJC strategic plan.
WCJC Planning and Assessment Cycle
To ensure continual monitoring of goals and outcomes, WCJC engages in a cycle of continuous quality improvement. This cycle delineates each stage of the planning and assessment process and includes a distinct timeline for the completion of each stage. These phases and the corresponding deadlines are monitored and updated annually by the Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (VPPIE).
While a key individual from each unit has been identified as the responsible party for that unit’s planning process, it may be advantageous, or even necessary, to include additional members of the division during and/or throughout the various phases identified within the planning cycle. In addition, the VPPIE is available to serve as a guide throughout the planning and assessment process and should be called upon as an institutional resource to help with the development, implementation, and assessment of all unit plans.