October 1, 2017 Project Update

Merced College has initiated a comprehensive Educational Master Plan (EMP) process. This is an exciting direction for the District as the EMP will provide the District with a foundation for long-range planning, the structure to provide direction for a multi-year Strategic Plan to operationalize the EMP, and a vision to construct a Facilities Master Plan to guide District growth. We have begun this process in concert with the Collaborative Brain Trust (CBT), a consultant firm that will help guide the process and develop the data portfolio, including complete internal and external scans of Merced College and the service area. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be utilized to enhance dialogue regarding trends, projections, and the direction of the District.

The project will be completed in three phases:
1) Discovery Phase
2) Preparation of the Data Portfolio
3) Goal Setting

The EMP process is designed to be transparent and collaborative. The EMP Task Force is comprised of representatives from all campus constituencies, with the charge of advocating for broad campus engagement and feedback. There will also be the opportunity to provide feedback through surveys, interviews, listening sessions, and forums. Through a synthesis of this material key themes will emerge providing for the direction of the EMP.

To stay current regarding the EMP, as well as to provide feedback via email, this public-facing website has been created with the following information:
1) Membership
2) Meeting Dates
3) Timeline
4) Listening Sessions
5) Data Portfolio
6) Goals
7) Comments

If you have any questions regarding the Educational Master Planning process, please contact Mike McCandless, VP Student Services.

November 1, 2017 Project Update

The College is currently midway through the Discovery Phase of the Educational Master Plan (EMP) project. The internal environmental scan is now complete and highlights of the results are provided on the EMP web page.

Surveys were conducted of the Trustees, students, staff, and community program advisory committee members over the past several weeks. Interviews and "listening sessions," conducted by the Collaborative Brain Trust consultant team, are underway and will continue through the month of November. These sessions will serve to gather qualitative data from both internal and external stakeholders of the College. Results of the student and staff survey have been posted to the EMP web site.

The EMP Task Force was convened in September and held meetings in September and October. The Task Force will continue to meet monthly, and will review and analyze data collected during the Discovery Phase.

In November, campus forums will be held on both the Merced and Los Banos campuses to present data and information gathered from the environmental scanning process, as well as results from the student and staff survey that was conducted. Attendees will be invited to share input and ask questions during these sessions, to be held as follows:

  • Merced Campus: Thursday, November 16, 2017, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Los Banos Campus: Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Input for the Educational Master Plan can be given to any member of the EMP Task Force. The membership list is provided on the EMP website.

December 1, 2017 Project Update

The College has now completed the Discovery Phase of the Educational Master Plan (EMP) project. Listening sessions for both internal and external stakeholders have concluded, and the EMP Task Force has been working on identifying themes emerging from the internal and external environmental scans, and other quantitative and qualitative data. We are now in Phase Two of the project - Preparation of the College Data Profile, and it is nearing completion.  Phase Three of the project - Goal Setting - will begin in Spring Semester with the final EMP Document scheduled for completerion by March/April.

Presentations were conducted in November at both the Merced and Los Banos campus forums, and the presentations have been posted to the EMP web pages. Over 100 individuals attended the forums, including faculty, stafff, students, and community members. Questions, answers, and discussions ensued, and response cards were provided to attendees for additional input into the five-year EMP planning process. Jeanne Bernardi has additional response cards if anyone has input they have not yet provided via the surveys, forums, the website, or through EMP representative task force members. Please submit any remaining input response cards to Jeanne by Friday, December 8, 2017.

The EMP Task Force will meet next on December 7 and will then break for the holidays. The Task Force will resume its monthly meetings Spring Semester, with its first Spring Semester meeting on February 8-9, 2018. Input for the Educational Master Plan can be given to any member of the EMP Task force. The membership list is provided on the EMP website.

The next Project Update will be provided by the start of the Spring Semester.

 February 1, 2018 Project Update

The Merced College Educational Master Plan 2018-2023  is now in its final phast of development: Phase Three - Goal-Setting. Production of the final document is scheduled for late spring. As the EMP nears completion, plans are already underway for its Summer/Fall 2018 rollout and the development of its complementary Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP).

In January, final updates to the College's Data Profile and Labor Market Analysis were completed. The final documents can be found in the College portal's EMP web page, along with the Growth forecast, Planning Assumptions, several presentations, and other information related to the EMP.

The EMP Task Force held an all-day goal-setting session on Friday, February 9, examining the key themes that emerged from the Discovery Phase, formulating five-year goals and objectives, and identifying those areas of highest priority for the first year of the plan in Fall 2018. The highest priority identified was enrollment management. Because a large component of enrollment management is the scheduling process, and since 2018-19 scheduling must be done Spring 2018, this objective has already begun to be initiated. A joint session of the Instructional Council, Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, and the Educational Master Planning Committee was held on February 8 to kick off this effort. It will continue throughout Spring Semester ahead of the Fall EMP rollout. CBT will provide training and technical support for this effort, along with that for the SIP, now through fall.

In early March, the EMP Task Force will hold its final meeting to refine the EMP five-year goals and objectives. Note that additional input and suggestions provided by constituents via the web page are not replied to individually, but they continue to be incorporated into the process by the CBT Consultant Team. Once the EMP Task Force has completed its refinement of the goals and objectives, they will be posted on the web page for college constituents to view and provide any final input. The Executive Team will confirm the goals and objectives, ensuring their alignment with MCCD Board Priorities, ACCJC standards, the CCCCO Vision for Success Goals, and elements of the new state funding formula. The goals and objectives will then be provided to the Board of Trustees for review and approval.

Development of the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), to complement the EMP, will begin this semester. It will continue through Fall Semester concurrent with the EMP rollout and commencement of the high-priority objectives in the EMP's upcoming first year, 2018-19. The Educational Master Planning Committee (EMPC) will assume the role of monitoring progress on the five-year plan, consistent with their defined role at the College.

The next EMP Project Update will be provided in March.

March 1, 2018 Project Update

To be posted.

April 1, 2018 Project Update

To be posted.