Isothermal Community College

Strategic Plan 2014-16

Student Motivation

To remove barriers to college and career success, the College will engage in more active learning strategies.

What We Have Heard that Shaped This Goal
  • The College was ranked a Top Performing College in Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) in 2012 for Active and Collaborative Learning.
  • A new employer in the region is requiring basic chemistry for all its employees, including office personnel.
  • The science laboratories at the College have not been significantly updated since the building was constructed over thirty years ago.
  • Isothermal Community College graduates working in health and manufacturing fields are the highest wage earners compared to other fields at one, three, and five years post graduation.
  • In Spring 2014, the Student Government Association began a conversation with faculty and administration about the need for more student activities. 
  • Our 2014 NC Community College System First Year Progression rate was sixty-eight percent, which is below the System Average and the System Goal.
What We Will Do to Achieve This Goal

Patriot's Aim Target Statement: Providing an educational environment that has the necessary equipment and facilities to accomplish our targets and create a 21st century workforce

Patriot's Aim Target Statement: Nurture partnerships and engage student with existing industries, especially in STEM programs

Patriot's Aim Target Statement: Expand campus life activities and service to the college community

  • Strengthen engagement with adjunct faculty and align best practices with full-time faculty
  • Offer Elizabeth Barkley’s Student Engagement Techniques for faculty learning communities to read and discuss
  • Engage student leaders in leadership conferences and activities
  • Improve student proficiency in written communication with a focus on a small group of mechanical skills and information literacy