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Strategic Planning

planning pyramid graphic
Planning Pyramid

Beginning in mid-2015, Scottsdale Community College has been working to transform its processes for linking planning and resource allocation in order to continue to provide high quality educational opportunities to students.

Intentionally focused on creating an alignment between planning and resources, SCC has worked proactively and diligently to create an integrated model. What began with a refresh of the college’s strategic plan and the development and/or creation of functional plans has culminated in the creation of the Strategic Planning and Allocating Resources Council (SPARC – formerly known as PBAC).

The foundation for planning at SCC is the Unit/Committee Improvement Plans (UIPs/CIPs). These plans provide the very detailed work that is done with students, day in and day out. It is these UIPs/CIPs that identify the unique and tremendous efforts of departments, programs, and services on behalf of and in service to students.

The next level of plans are the Functional Area Plans.
These include:

  • Instructional
  • Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities

Some of these plans have been in existence and some are newly developed. These mid-level plans serve as a bridge and identify the next layer of work that is being done through the UIP/CIP and up to the college’s Strategic Plan.

The final plan is the overarching strategic plan of the college. Formerly known as SCC2020, the refreshed strategic plan provides high level and very broad directions and objectives that the college has set out to achieve. This plan is aligned with the MCCCD strategic plan, ties to Governing Board outcomes and metrics and also serves to help inform and support the Assurance Argument for the Higher Learning Commission.

The three strategic directions of the College’s Strategic Plan are:

  1. Student Success
  2. Partnerships and Resource Development
  3. Employee and Organizational Excellence

We believe our efforts focusing on these three strategic directions lead to students successfully completing their courses, coming back from semester to semester and obtaining the degree or credential on the road to meaningful employment. Those are the metrics we will use to evaluate this plan.

These plans will be used by SPARC to evaluate and recommend how resources should be allocated. This model will help SCC to promote transparency, accountability, and create a more holistic and data based decision model as we plan for the future.