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The basic premise of
Appreciative Inquiry
is that whatever we
focus our attention on,
we will create more of.
In theory, it's like a
search engine: What we
look for determines
what we will find.
Lois Alves
Vice President of Enrollment
Services, Research & Planning
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Working Together
to Plan MCC's Future
The Strategic Planning process Provost Phil Sisson and Vice President Lois Alves at Fall Professional Day; Student Summit in the Bedford Campus Library;
Service-Learning Coordinator Cynthia Lynch leads a feedback session; students interacting at a roundtable discussion.
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Your Voice
Your Experience
Our Success
The Middlesex Community College Strategic Plan
iddlesex has started planning
its future by launching a series
of Strategic Planning Summits
to solicit input from across the
entire college community.
The summits are designed to gather
information about what students, staff and
faculty like best about Middlesex, what
they would like to see changed or
improved, and their ideas and dreams for
the future.
Titled Your Voice, Your Experience, Our
Success
, the yearlong strategic planning
process is under the direction of Lois
Alves, Vice President of Enrollment
Services, Research & Planning, and Philip
Sisson, Provost and Vice President of
Academic & Student Affairs.
By applying the process of Appreciative
Inquiry (AI) to the Strategic Planning
process, the college hopes to identify and
build on its existing strengths, explained
Alves. "The basic premise of AI is that
whatever we focus our attention on, we
will create more of. In theory, it's like a
search engine: What we look for
determines what we will find," she said.
"So, instead of searching for problems and
inadvertently creating more of them,"
added Sisson, "we search for MCC's
strengths and successes, so we create more
successes."
Two student summits are scheduled this
fall, one on each campus. Six faculty and
staff summits will also be held, focusing on
topics such as student success, diversifying
the workforce, assessing learning
outcomes, and fiscal stability.
A Strategic Planning Committee,
comprised of faculty and staff, will compile
feedback from all the summits. By the end
of the school year, the committee will
create a final Vision Statement of goals
and performance targets, and present it to
the college community, according to
Alves and Sisson, who shared an overview
of the process at Fall Professional Day on
the Bedford campus.
For more information about MCC's
Strategic Planning process or to register
for a Summit, visit
www.middlesex.mass.edu/summit.
Kathy Register
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