Leadership Team List for Consideration as College-Wide Objectives

Initially, the Leadership Team has identified several areas or ideas that can be considered for inclusion as possible College-Wide Objectives. One of the targets of the facilitated sessions will be to crystallize the description of the objectives so they are clear, easily understood and serve as directional beacons for the institution.

Development of Partnerships:
This means a focus on, and the development of, partnerships outside of Okanagan College. It includes the engagement of alumni and other community partners in activities such as student recruitment and fund-raising. It means the achievement of capital campaign goals and capital projects through partnering with community, organizations and government groups. It also means the achievement of programming initiatives with institutional partnerships including school districts, health authorities, post- secondary institutions and other agencies.

Active Campus Life:
This means a concerted drive towards the development of an active campus life for students, staff and the community at large, in a culture of inclusion. It includes involvement in community programming activities as part of campus life.

Marketing must be tied to student recruitment, programming and programme planning. This means a concentration on results-based, targeted efforts that fill Okanagan College’s mandate. Effective, strategic marketing strategies would need to be tested and implemented.

Programming and Programme Planning:
The key is programming that is tied closely to community and market needs. It may mean growth, or right sizing, or a decision to transfer or drop programming in respond to community needs. It includes an institutionally defined balanced profile of programmes reflecting community profiles through consultation. The result would be increased retention and graduation rates, and fully enrolled programmes in areas of concentration.

Targeting the Non-Traditional Student:
This involves support of programming and services for aboriginal, mature, international, disabled and other students. It would encourage and promote the integration and support of a diversity of students and student needs through the delivery of targeted programming and support services.

Leadership Development:
This is aimed at the development of leadership capacity at all levels of the organization. It is an essential part of succession planning, mentoring, and the development of Chairs, supervisors, managers and classroom leaders and trainers.  One aim is the improvement of the college-wide management capability at all levels.

Level Appropriate Decision Making:
The intent is to establish mechanisms to review the decision making – authority relationship. This includes authority and level of responsibility for budget, advertising for positions, policy formulation, establishment of college-wide procedures, signing authorities. The end result would be the establishment of an environment of trust whereby decisions are made at the most appropriate levels. Another important result could be an acceleration of the pace at which projects and tasks are achieved.

Employee Satisfaction and Retention:
Okanagan College staff should be inspired to make improvements through actions reflective of Okanagan College’s key directions. ‘People matter’ is a measurable, thematic rallying cry.  Levels of employee satisfaction can be measured in targeted areas such as orientation and opportunities for development. We need to explore, more extensively than we’ve had the time to do so far, the wide spectrum of the way we support and empower people, and make that spectrum more transparent and accessible.

Fact Based Management:
Key performance Indicators make up a part of fact based decision-making. The objective is to determine the measures to be used – and design the systems.  Measurement is data-based, researched, and performance and outcome-driven. This also means tracking student success within Okanagan College and also post-Okanagan College. Comparative data and benchmarks should be utilized where they exist

Green College:
Design, develop & implement an education plan on environmental sustainability at every level. Environmental sustainability is at the building level, and also at the level of individual choice and decision-making. It includes the design of green buildings, recycling, encouraging alternate transportation methods. The result is that Okanagan College becomes a leader in environmental stewardship.

Finalize Matrix Management Structure and Operation:
The relationship and decision making processes among the four campuses, between the various areas on each of the campuses, between Regional and Programme Deans, and the Regional Deans and the Directors, have been reviewed. This process needs to be finalized and incorporated into day-to-day practices.