2017-22 strategic planning process

It has been 10 years since Whatcom Community College's last substantial college-wide strategic planning process. The current plan expires in 2017. This fall the College initiated a strategic planning process to guide the direction of WCC over the next five to ten years. As part of this work, a steering committee consisting of faculty, staff, administrators, and students was formed to develop approaches to engage employees, students, and community members in developing the next version of the strategic plan, to take effect 2017-22.

The strategic plan consists of the College’s mission, vision, and promise statements, as well as the core themes and strategic goals used to make decisions on resource allocation, staffing, programs and services. This past fall, 222 WCC employees participated in a campus survey providing valuable input for the College’s strategic planning process. The strategic planning steering committee reviewed the survey and developed a summary of results and major themes. The conversation continued during a campus-wide professional development day activity in February. Based on the feedback the committee received in the fall survey, the results of professional development day, and committee members' meaningful contributions, a draft of the strategic plan goals and objectives is now available. We are requesting your feedback on the draft strategic plan through this brief survey. The survey will close on Wednesday, May 24. 

Please visit this page regularly to learn more about the strategic planning process and how students, faculty, staff and community members can get involved.


Committee members

Amy Anderson, Margaret Anderson, Kelly Bashaw, Patti Braimes, Elisa Bong, Yohaly Camacho, Colette Colburn, Marisa Ellis, Justin Ericksen, Howard Fuller, Ed Harri (co-chair), Betsy Hasegawa, Cindy Hoskins, Kathi Hiyane-Brown, Johnny Hu, Anne Marie Karlberg, Jeff Klausman, Jana Koshinz, Sara Purington, Janis Velasquez Farmer (co-chair), Raquel Vernola, Laurie Starr, Heidi Ypma


2013-17 strategic plan

Mission statement

Whatcom Community College contributes to the vitality of its communities by providing quality education in academic transfer, professional-technical, and lifelong learning, preparing students for active citizenship in a global society.

Whatcom's core themes

  1. Creating opportunities
  2. Building community
  3. Achieving success

Vision statement

Whatcom will be an innovative college, engaged with our diverse and changing communities.

Promise statement

We transform lives through education. We accomplish this by...

  • Supporting student growth
  • Respecting student investment
  • Embracing diversity
  • Promoting excellence
  • Creating opportunities

Goal 1: Expand opportunities for students to achieve their potential

  • 1.1. Increase student achievement in transfer and career preparation
  • 1.2. Increase academic support for students
  • 1.3. Increase access for diverse and nontraditional student populations
  • 1.4. Introduce new opportunities for student learning and engagement

Goal 2: Strengthen the culture of learning

  • 2.1. Maintain currency in college curriculum and delivery
  • 2.2. Improve instructional delivery
  • 2.3. Improve  student learning
  • 2.4. Establish a Center for strengthening instructional delivery  
  • 2.5. Increase professional development opportunities for faculty and staff

Goal 3: Contribute actively to the vitality of Whatcom County

  • 3.1. Increase College stature as a community and educational partner
  • 3.2. Lead collaborative efforts with other educational institutions
  • 3.3. Be an active partner in economic development
  • 3.4. Strengthen sustainability practices on-campus and in local and global arenas

Goal 4: Advance the college as a more diverse learning community

  • 4.1. Reinforce diversity elements in curriculum
  • 4.2. Enhance diversity among faculty and staff
  • 4.3. Increase access for under-represented populations

Goal 5: Strengthen the College’s ability to deliver its mission

  • 5.1. Create and manage growth through fiscal, capital, technological and human resource development
  • 5.2. Diversify and secure funding/resources from external sources
  • 5.3. Promote a safe environment for teaching, learning, and working
  • 5.4. Foster an evidence-based culture of continuous improvement