Contra Costa College has identified four strategic directions:

1. equitably improve student access, learning and success;

2. strengthen community relationships and partnerships;

3. promote innovation, create a culture of continuous improvement and enhance institutional effectiveness; and

4. utilize resources effectively to support student learning and success.

Click on the link to any individual strategies (below) to view the progress the college has made to date. Click on the link to the Steward of an individual strategy to contact them about the strategy.

Strategic Direction #1: Equitably Improve Student Access, Learning and Success

Strategy Number Strategy Steward Position Steward Contact
Objective 1.1: Improve the steps for the completion of certificates, degrees, and for transfer readiness to increase the number of students earning certificates, and/or degrees and who are transfer ready.
1.1A.docx Improve educational pathways, including distance education, to articulate options for students. College Vice-President Tammeil Gilkerson
1.1B.docx Improve strategies for students to complete an Educational Plan. Chair of the Counseling Department Najia Azizi
1.1C.docx Develop statewide Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) for which local degrees exist. Senior Dean of Instruction Donna Floyd
1.1D.docx Reevaluate local degree requirements. Academic Senate President Beth Goehring
1.1E.docx Explore the feasibility of an English for Career Technical Education (CTE) and a math for CTE course that meets the prerequisites for transfer. Director of Economic and Workforce Development Kelly Schelin
1.1F.docx Develop Per Ank Learning Communities and Linked Learning to increase the number of students earning degrees and certificates and the number of students who are transfer ready. Dean of NSAS Ghada Al-Masri
Objective 1.2: Expand the definition of student success to include outcomes for career/skills development and the needs of life-long learners.
1.2A.docx Improve strategies that allow students to explore career options. Career Counselor Sara Boland Drain
1.2B.docx Develop measures of success appropriate for students seeking career/skills development and for life-long learners. Dean of Enrollment Services Dennis Franco
1.2C.docx Explore new educational pathways. College Vice-President Tammeil Gilkerson
Objective 1.3: Improve orientation and advisement practices.
1.3A.docx Improve one-on-one and drop-in counseling. Chair of the Counseling Department Najia Azizi
1.3B.docx Develop consistent e-counseling services. Chair of the Counseling Department Najia Azizi
1.3C.docx Improve student readiness for online education. Distance Education Coordinator Judy Flum
1.3D.docx Develop a comprehensive early-alert system. Dean of Student Services Vicki Ferguson
1.3E.docx Increase the effectiveness of college orientation, First Year Experience and the use of mentors. Dean of Student Services Vicki Ferguson
Objective 1.4: Use multiple measures of assessment to improve student placement.
1.4A.docx Develop alternate placement strategies for CTE programs. Director of Economic and Workforce Development Kelly Schelin
1.4B.docx Develop pilot programs in math and English to use high school grades and other standardized evaluations for placement in college level classes. Dean of Liberal Arts Jason Berner
Objective 1.5: Improve the effectiveness of campus-wide instructional support.
1.5A.docx Increase group and online tutoring options and improve tutor training. Faculty Tutoring Coordinator Brandy Gibson
1.5B.docx Improve connections, collaborations, and alignment between instruction and student services. College Vice-President Tammeil Gilkerson
1.5C.docx Improve online library reference options. Chair of the Library Department Andrew Kuo
Objective 1.6: Increase and promote equitable access and success for all students.
1.6A.docx Improve awareness of all Contra Costa College services that impact student equity, access and success. Chair of the Student Success Committee Karl Debro
1.6B.docx Develop strategies to identify and improve equity gaps in student success among all demographic and socio-economic groups. Chair of the Student Success Committee Karl Debro
Objective 1.7A: Increase student learning and success by setting institutional standards and goals for achievement.
1.7A.docx Identify and implement interventions to increase course success rates, course retention rates, and the number of students completing certificates, degrees and who are transfer ready by .5% annually and by 2.5% over five years and report the progress to the college community. College Vice-President Tammeil Gilkerson

Strategic Direction #2: Strengthen Community Relationships and Partnerships

Strategy Number Strategy Steward Position Steward Contact
Objective 2.1: Develop a strong and positive image of Contra Costa College in the community.
2.1A.docx Promote Contra Costa College as the “first choice” for learning, training, partnerships, opportunities, and enrichment in West Contra Costa County. Director of Marketing Brandy Howard
2.1B.docx Expand partnerships with local community organizations and businesses. Director of Economic and Workforce Development Kelly Schelin
2.1C.docx Increase programs and partnerships with the West Contra Costa County Unified School District, including K-12 and adult education. Director of Economic and Workforce Development Kelly Schelin
Objective 2.2: Create clear pathways to gainful employment.
2.2A.docx Connect Career Technical Education (CTE) program with local high school academy advisory boards. Dean of LAVA Susan Lee
2.2B.docx Improve strategies to create career job and placement services. Career Development Coordinator
Objective 2.3: Increase the number of students who enter college prepared to enroll in college-level classes.
2.3A.docx Offer college preparatory classes as   concurrent enrollment or dual enrollment for high school students. College Vice-President Tammeil Gilkerson
2.3B.docx Develop bridge programs that lead into career pathways. Director of Economic and Workforce Development Kelly Schelin
2.3C.docx Enhance the communication between high school and college faculty. College Vice-President Tammeil Gilkerson
2.3D.docx Market educational pathways to high school staff, students, families, and to the community. Director of Marketing  Brandy Howard
2.3E.docx Create articulation agreements with local high schools. Director of Economic and Workforce Development Kelly Schelin
Objective 2.4: Increase equitable access to the College.
2.4A.docx Provide orientation, assessment, and enrollment at community locations. Dean of Enrollment Services Dennis Franco
2.4B.docx Provide college information in multiple languages. Director of Marketing  Brandy Howard
2.4C.docx Evaluate, identify and eliminate barriers tostudent matriculation, through an equity lens. Chair of the Student Success Committee Karl Debro

Strategic Direction #3:

Promote Innovation, Create a Culture of Continuous Improvement and Enhance Institutional Effectiveness.

Strategy Number Strategy Steward Position Steward Contact
Objective 3.1: Improve professional development practices.
3.1A.docx Align professional development with the college Strategic Directions. Chair of the Professional Development Committee Andrew Kuo
3.1B.docx Improve the effectiveness of the college professional development opportunities. Chair of the Professional Development Committee Andrew Kuo
3.1C.docx Explore and institutionalize innovative practices. College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh
3.1D.docx Improve training for faculty who are developing and teaching distance education courses. Distance Education Coordinator Judy Flum
Objective 3.2: Improve cultural and global competence among students and employees.
3.2A.docx Improve the diversity of adjunct hiring pools. Equal Employment Opportunity Director Mariles Magalong
3.2B.docx Develop programs and activities that focus on cultural diversity and global issues. Student Life Coordinator Joel Nickelson-Shanks
Objective 3.3: Improve the evaluation of planning, budgetary and operational processes and use the results to improve the overall quality of the institution as a whole.
3.3A.docx Improve the evaluation of planning, budgetary, governance, and operations through clear processes guidelines and methods of communication. Chair of the Planning Committee Wayne Organ
3.3B.docx Align the college programs and services with the needs of its students and community. College Vice-President Tammeil Gilkerson
3.3C.docx Improve program review process to maximize programmatic and department/unit effectiveness. Senior Dean of Instruction Donna Floyd
3.3D.docx Utilize SLO/AUO results to improve instruction, resource allocation, and other operations and services to support student success and institutional effectiveness. Senior Dean of Instruction Donna Floyd
3.3E.docx Create a distance education plan to support student equity, access and success. Distance Education Coordinator Judy Flum
Objective 3.4: Utilize institutional set standards for student learning and achievement to enhance continual institutional effectiveness.
3.4A.docx Identify appropriate student success measures, including course success rate, course retention rate and number of students who complete degrees and certificates, as well as those who are transfer ready, set goals, create interventions and report the college’s progress. Senior Dean of Instruction Donna Floyd
Objective 3.5: Improve the college’s communications and marketing efforts.
3.5A.docx Develop a college marketing plan. Director of Marketing
3.5B.docx Develop strategies to share innovative practices and their results with the campus community. College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh
3.5C.docx Improve the communication of planning, budgetary and governance processes to the college community. College President Mojdeh Mehdizadeh

Strategic Direction #4:

Utilize Resources Effectively to Support Student Learning and Success.

Strategy Number Strategy Steward Position Steward Contact
Objective 4.1: Provide state-of-the-art technology that issustainable and supports student success.
4.1A.docx Update the Technology Plan to improve the effectiveness of instruction, student services, and administrative services. Chair of the Technology Committee James Eyestone
4.1B.docx Provide faculty, staff, and students with accessible and effective infrastructure and support for instruction and student services DSPS Manager Sue Abe
Objective 4.2: Improve and enhance the physical plant.
4.2A.docx Promote sustainable practices in construction, land use, utilities, materials and recycling. Chair of the Sustainability Committee Bruce King
4.2B.docx Provide safe and comfortable facilities and environment for teaching learning and working. Director of Buildings and Grounds Bruce King
Objective 4.3: Improve and enhance resource sustainability and fiscal responsibility.
4.3A.docx Expand the college’s fiscal resources through grants and other external funding sources to through grants and other external funding sources to support student equity, access and success. Chair of the Integration Council
4.3B.docx Align the allocation of the college’s human, financial and physical resources with its mission, vision, values and strategic directions. Director of Business Services Mariles Magalong
4.4A.docx Assess and align all organizational processes with the strategic directions. Chair of the Planning Committee Wayne Organ