Institutional Planning


Susan Lewis
Director of Accreditation & Assessment, (541) 506-6047


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Columbia Gorge Community College builds dreams and transforms lives by providing lifelong educational programs that strengthen our community.

Core Values

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Service

Core Themes

  • Building Dreams (Access)
  • Transforming Lives (Education)
  • Strengthen Our Community (Partnerships)

Institutional Goals & Strategic Planning

Columbia Gorge Community College Institutional Goals (IGs) and Strategic Plan provide a roadmap for the college's continued development in order to meet the needs of an always evolving student population and community. IGs were developed through a collaborative planning process that included students, faculty, staff, administration, and the Board of Education. Provided with institutional data and analysis addressing mission fulfillment and student achievement, the planning team was charged with the task of identifying four to five Institutional Goals based on the following criteria: 1) the goal was to be measurable and 2) the goal had to be achievable in three to five years. IGs do not represent all that the college does, but rather the specific areas that the college would like to focus on in order to better realize its mission and ensure student learning and success. The current Institutional Goals were adopted July 1, 2019 and each are intended to guide the college for three to five years, depending on the complexity of the individual goal. As goals are completed, new goals will be determined on a rolling basis.

Following the adoption of the new Institutional Goals, strategic planning teams for each goal met to: 1) define goal achievement and identify assessment strategies for tracking purposes and achievement recognition; 2) create a three to five year action plan; and 3) establish strategic goals for the 2019-20 academic year. This work resulted in the 2019-20 Strategic Plan. Annual strategic planning is conducted in November in anticipation of the college's activity around budget building for the coming year.

Institutional Goal #1: Adoption/Implementation of Equity Practices and Mindset (adopted 7.1.19)

2019-20 IG #1 Strategic Goals
  1. Define equity, its purpose and value at CGCC and communicate this definition to the college community
  2. Institutionalize a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
  3. Conduct an evaluation/assessment of how CGCC is currently meeting Cultural Competency Standards
  4. Based on Cultural Competency Standards evaluation/assessment, develop a two- to five-year plan for getting the college to achievement in four years. Include plans for sustainability following Institutional Goal achievement. 

Institutional Goal #2: Build a Vibrant Campus Life (adopted 7.1.19)

2019-20 IG #2 Strategic Goals
  1. Establish a cross-campus steering committee that includes students, employees, and community members.
  2. Create a long-range plan (2-4 years).
  3. Build a Campus Life marketing plan.
  4. Evaluate current Campus Life and determine strategies for ongoing assessment.
  5. Identify events/activities to be adopted, and determine the necessary resources.Institutional

Institutional Goal #3: Establish an Institutional Guided Pathways Model (adopted 7.1.19)

2019-20 IG #3 Strategic Goals
  1. Establish a Guided Pathways team.
  2. Develop a four-year plan for development and implementation.
  3. Identify the data points and institutional benchmarks for tracking GP implementation and success.
  4. Populate meta majors – programs and curriculum.

Institutional Goal #4: Optimize Potential of Skills Center (adopted 7.1.19)

2019-20 IG #4 Strategic Goals
  1. Establish steering committee and project development team.
  2. Develop a 4-year plan.
  3. Develop a communication plan that informs and engages all internal and external stakeholders in the CGCC Service Area.
  4. Complete purpose definition, planning, and design of Skill Center facility.
  5. Identify and initiate development of Skill Center programming that addresses regional needs.

Institutional Goal #5: Establish Fiscal Sustainability (adopted 7.1.19)

2019-20 IG #5 Strategic Goals
  1. Develop a 3-5 year goal plan.
  2. Build an enrollment management plan.
  3. Establish need and cost-effectiveness benchmarks regarding program adoption and/or sunsetting.
  4. Provide professional development regarding budget development, management, and accountability.
  5. Have a transparent and inclusive 2020-21 budget build that leads to a balanced budget.
2019 Institutional & Strategic Goals
Strategic Work Plan 2016 - 18
Strategic Work Plan 2018-19 February update

Academic Master Planning

The Academic Master Planning process is an opportunity for CGCC to engage with its internal and external communities to assess the educational needs and interests of the college's service area. Through this process the college reviews its vision, mission, and Core Themes, as well as its program offerings, delivery, and educational direction. The next Academic Master Planning activity is scheduled for 2020-21. If you have questions regarding Academic Master Planning or would like to participate in the 2020-21 activities, please contact the director of curriculum, assessment, strategic planning and accreditation at

CGCC Master Plan 2016 - 19 1.32 MB

Related Documents & Links

Core Theme Assessment
Department Review & Planning Template
Facility Master Plan Update 2012 1.02 MB