Otero College to Launch New Strategic Planning Process – La Junta Tribune Democrat

In February, Otero College began developing a new five-year strategic plan. The current strategic plan ended last year and the pandemic has delayed the development of our new plan. This planning process will help set goals for the institution as well as develop plans to achieve those goals. The components of our strategic plan will focus on vision, mission, values, goals, strategies and key performance indicators.

Otero is bound to improve and grow to meet the changing demands of the students who will attend over the next five years and beyond. These goals will align federal, state, and Colorado Community College System goals. However, it does not stop there, this plan will also be created taking into account each department, institution and academic plan and will influence performance objectives and employee evaluations.

To achieve these goals, focus groups and roundtables will be held between various campus departments, the Otero Advisory Board, the Otero Foundation Board of Directors, and the community to try to determine what these demands might do. look like. There will be a virtual option for community members scheduled for March 2022, with details to be sent at a later date.

In addition, the Strategic Planning Committee has released a two-question poll called “Twofer Tuesdays” to which all are invited to participate. Every Tuesday until the end of the planning calendar, survey questions will be sent to employees and the survey link will be posted on our website. Students and community members are encouraged to participate. The next questions will be posted on the website on Tuesday, March 1. The link to these questions can be found below or by searching for “strategic plan” in the search bar on www.otero.edu.

After reviewing feedback from roundtables and weekly surveys, the Strategic Planning Committee will draft a plan for the campus and community review. The final draft should be completed by mid-April and submitted to the Otero Advisory Board. Pending their approval, a presentation to the campus community will take place by the end of April 2022. The plan will also be posted on the website.

According to President Tim Alvarez, “All successful organizations have five tenants in sync to thrive: Strategy, Structure, Systems, Skills, and Culture. I can’t tell you how excited I am to complete the strategic planning process! I’m a nerd and I love thinking about this strategic planning and how the plan influences our structure and systems. And all change starts with a conversation. I’m the curious type. I’m going to ask you to be curious. The pandemic has exposed the weaknesses in our systems and the fragility of some of our most vulnerable students. Along with our rebranding, it’s a great time to rethink what Otero College should look like. I ask our community to join us in rethinking what and how we offer our educational programs to help our community thrive.

To learn more about Otero’s strategic planning process or to answer survey questions, please visit: https://www.otero.edu/catalog/general/catmissionstrategic. aspx.

Louisa R. Loomis