The Aspen Institute: A Great Resource for Strategic Planning
As we convened leaders and stakeholders to develop a strategic vision for the future of Wilkes Community College, one of the earliest dilemmas we faced was how best to organize our research, benchmarking, goals, and objectives.
Thanks to the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, we benefited from both a research-based framework and a support network associated with it. The Aspen Institute is one of the nation’s leading institutions for the advancement of higher education practices and leadership that significantly improve student learning, completion, and employment after college—especially for the growing population of students of color and low-income students on American campuses. Our WCC President, Dr. Jeff Cox, was selected as an Aspen Presidential Fellow, which gave us a deeper view into the best practices and case studies being curated and connected by the Aspen Institute. This proved invaluable as we organized our teams, analysis, and goal-setting primarily based on the four markers of excellence identified by the Aspen Institute: learning, completion and transfer, labor market outcomes, and equity.
For more information on research, planning, and implementation tools available through the Aspen Institute, visit their website.