San Antonio College's Mission is to empower our community for success by meeting the postsecondary learning needs of a diverse and globally-networked society. To help students achieve their full potential by preparing them to graduate, transfer, or enter the workforce with effective critical thinking skills, communication proficiency, leadership ability, personal and civic responsibility, empirical and quantitative understanding, performance proficiency, and the ability to work effectively in teams.
San Antonio College will be the best in the nation in Student Success and Performance Excellence.
SAC is committed to building individual and collective character through the following sets of values in order to fulfill their vision and mission.
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Strategic Planning at San Antonio College
San Antonio College engages in planning and evaluation processes that are on-going, integrated, research-based (data-based) and are conducted in multiple places and at multiple levels within the college. Most of the planning and assessment processes at the college are well-developed and deployed, and deliver valuable results that inform specific strategies for improvement in the next planning cycle, or lead to continuous iterative improvements.
Strategic Planning Process
San Antonio College engages in ongoing planning and evaluation processes that occur across weekly, monthly, each semester, annual, biannual, and multi-year cycles. Shorter cycles provide the college with flexibility to evaluate specific strategies and alter those that are ineffectual or lead to negative consequences. Longer cycles provide the college with an opportunity to do meta-assessments of its mission and vision. SAC Operational Strategic Planning Assessment Cycle
Reviewing the Mission and Goals During Planning and Evaluation
The college strategic planning and evaluation processes incorporate a systematic review of the institutional mission, goals, and outcomes. Development of San Antonio College's strategic plan begins with the college mission, vision, and values statements. In addition to an annual review/revision of goals and objectives, the mission, vision and values statements are also reviewed.
All college strategic objectives and goals are reviewed annually and updated with current performance metrics. Each year, the Strategic Quality Enhancement Committee (formerly SQET) which meets monthly, reviews the College’s status toward achieving goals and objectives. If the targets have been met, they are revised and/or new timelines are set. Targets may also be revised based on special initiatives, or new objectives may be added. The College aligns with the college district's Strategic Planning goals and College divisions align their goals and objectives with the College's goals and objectives.
Each department/unit at the college, with a strategic plan, is responsible for reviewing/updating its strategic plan at least twice annually and answering analysis questions.
Using Planning and Evaluation Results to Inspire Improvement
At San Antonio College the planning and evaluation processes result in improvements in institutional quality. At the college level, the key performance indicator (KPI) metrics that track progress towards the college strategic plan are generally updated at least annually. Once strategic targets are met, new targets are established to continue to stretch the improvement. When opportunities for improvement are identified, through any of the variety of evaluation processes in place at the college, the Executive Team and SQEC, with input from critical departments, recommend improvement strategies to the College Council for approval.