25 Aug Strategic Masterplan For Higher Education In Connecticut
The very purpose of the strategic master plan for higher education is to provide an overall framework for the strategic plans for each major segment of higher education in Connecticut.
It is in lieu of this that it is a strategic plan for the State as a whole, and differs from the strategic plans for the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU).
The Very Purposes Of The Plan Are As Follows
To establish numerical goals. This is related to increasing the number of people that are earning a bachelor’s degree and to increase the number of people who completed coursework successfully at the community college level. Also, to increase the number of people that are entering the State’s workforce and to eliminate the post-secondary gap between general students and the minority student population.
- To examine and recommend changes to accountability funding and policies practices.
- To recommend ways in which each constituent unit of the state system of higher education can expand the said institution’s role in advancing the state’s economic growth.
Of course a good deal of research went into the process. To begin with, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) conducted extensive analyses pertaining to the population, demographics and economy and workforce of Connecticut.
It was based on these very analyses that the NCHEMS staff prepared a draft set of postsecondary goals for the State.
The goals that were arrived at in the end, as well as the synopses of the very analyses that led to their selection, were discussed with
- The employers that work in a vast array of industries.
- The members of the executive branch of the state government that comprise the policy staff,
- The Leaders of the Connecticut Business and Industry association, as well as the Business Council of Fairfield County.
- The Workforce development professionals
- The legislators
The questions that were asked to the above people, in keeping with the goals and analyses that had been arrived at were the following.
What are the new policies that are needed to promote goal achievement?
What are the existing policies that are serving as barriers to achievement?
After pursuing the questions that are listed above with the stakeholders present at the meeting, a statement of goals was developed and formally adopted by the Planning Commission. In addition, there was a base set of metrics developed, that is to be used where it comes to monitoring progress towards goal achievement that has been developed as well as reviewed by the Commission.
In the end, key observations of the policy environment as well as the barriers to the successful goal implementation have been compiled, presented to as well as discussed with, the Commission.
To do the above, the Planning Commission for Higher Education was established by the sec. 10 a – 11b of Connecticut General Statutes, for the development and implementation of that Strategic MasterPlan.