TIMMINS, ON: Northern College’s Board of Governors has approved the 2014-2015 Business Plan which will guide the college’s undertakings for the next academic year. Aligned with Northern’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, this tactical document is driven by four priority objectives: Accessible Education, Signature Programs, the Northern Experience, and Aboriginal Perspectives.
Through various initiatives, the college will focus on maximizing educational access by integrating innovative program delivery methods and support services with technology; continuing to build upon the college’s reputation as a world-class provider of distinct and relevant programming; and facilitating learner success through additional program entry and exit points while providing an environment that embraces continuous improvement and ongoing quality management. The college intends to expand outreach and programming in Aboriginal communities while facilitating career planning and additional pathways to higher education.
“Access is a cornerstone of the Northern College philosophy and we embrace it from two different perspectives: program entry and program flexibility. We are proud of our efforts to make our programs equally open to all students and for developing innovative support services to help them succeed,” says Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “By taking a proactive role in facilitating student success we uphold our commitment to barrier-free learning. This business plan outlines initiatives which exhibit the college’s commitment to providing quality education and training opportunities that are responsive to the needs of students, employers, and the communities we serve.”
Some of the plan’s initiatives include implementing a comprehensive, college-wide Strategic Enrolment Management plan designed to guide the college in achieving and maintaining optimal recruitment, retention, and graduation rates; expanding the depth and breadth of online programming; integrating applied research projects and additional placement opportunities into program curriculum; implementing strategies to promote cultural competence at all campuses; and developing and implementing procedures to evaluate corporate and student services on an ongoing basis.
Northern College’s 2014-2015 Business Plan can be found at www.northernc.on.ca/documents.
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