Quality Initiatives

Blueprint for the Future

The Blueprint for the Future is a living document — updated annually to address the emerging challenges we face as a college.

A comprehensive scan of our community; data gathered through surveys of staff, students, and the community; focus groups; trends in higher education; self-studies; and other sources of information help us focus our improvement efforts.

By focusing on the strategic priorities below, we hope to achieve our Boldly Important Goal (the “BIG”) of being nationally recognized for student success among community colleges by 2020 and move closer to achieving our vision of creating “an Exceptional Educational Experience” for the people we serve.

Illinois Performance Excellence

We have been awarded the 2010 Silver Award for Progress toward Excellence – the highest level ever given to any Illinois college or university!

The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program was established by the US Department of Commerce in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness, quality, and productivity of US organizations. Congress created the Malcolm Baldrige Award Program to identify and recognize role-model businesses, establish criteria for evaluation improvement efforts, and disseminate and share best practices.

In June 2010, we submitted our first application and received a feedback report to provide a guide to improve our performance.