This spring, the NACEP Board of Directors embarked on a strategic planning process to reflect upon our successes since the past strategic plan was adopted three years ago and to establish a foundation for the organization's future. Some of the outcomes of NACEP's prior strategic planning efforts that shape the work of the organization today include:
- Establishing the Accreditation Commission
- Adding a Secondary Schools representative on the Board
- Increased staffing and organizational resources
- Expansion of member services such as webinars, publications, and regional conferences and workshops
- Development of a State and Regional Chapter Affiliate network
- Strengthened policy engagement and research collaborations
Strategic planning has been beneficial in helping the organization's leadership anticipate and adapt to changing circumstances.
This year's strategic planning effort is being supported by Robert Stein, who has advised the Board on conducting the strategic planning process and facilitated the Board's Strategic Planning Retreat in Washington DC on April 1-2. Robert prepared an environmental factors analysis after interviewing 45 members, volunteer leaders, staff, and external stakeholders. Since stepping down from his post as the Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education in 2010, Robert has consulted on a variety of initiatives for the Midwest Higher Education Compact, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the American Historical Association.
A five-member Strategic Planning Steering Committee is working with the Board, staff, and the consultant to guide the strategic planning process, and has been meeting regularly throughout the summer and presenting mid-term work products to the Board for review. Along with the Secondary School Partners Committee, the Steering Committee organized a series of focus groups with representatives of secondary school members to gain additional perspective.
During the April retreat, the Board identified five key challenges that the organization faces that will guide the development of the 2017-19 Strategic Plan:
- Strengthen the Voice and Engagement of All Members
- Communicate the Benefits of Quality Concurrent Enrollment
- Enhance the Value of NACEP Accreditation
- Provide Leadership for Policy that Affects Concurrent Enrollment
- Establish Whether the Future Scope of the Organization Includes Other Dual Enrollment Models
The Board will continue its strategic planning efforts through the fall, and welcomes suggestions and comments regarding the future direction of the organization.