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Projects & Strategic Priorities

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Columbus State Community College is a driving force of economic mobility for individuals and our region. By empowering student success, increasing degree and credential attainment, and widening the pipeline to sustainable careers in our regional workforce, we improve lives and build a brighter future for our community. As our region charts a path to post-pandemic economic recovery, the College’s mission to educate and inspire all students is more consequential than ever. There is no better time to assess and reimagine the foundational systems that help us drive equitable outcomes in student achievement.

With an integrated approach to three strategic priorities – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Enterprise Information System; and Capital Planning – we will transform our College to close persistent equity gaps in education completion, workforce development, and community progress. We need your active participation and invite you to stay informed and engaged through this page and the project management sites for each initiative.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity iconAs a community college, Columbus State should reflect the community it serves – not only in our student body, but also in our workforce and leadership. More importantly, we must achieve student success outcomes that generate the equitable economic and social mobility we all long to see in our community, regional workforce and society. Through a systematic analysis of our policies and practices; assessment of our beliefs, attitudes and perceptions about our climate; and a strategic plan with goals, actions, milestones and metrics, we will build a new model for integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into the daily work of the College. Together, we will create and infuse a proactive diversity, equity and inclusion strategy with College priorities, initiatives, decision-making frameworks, and shared language to create a model inclusive learning and workplace culture where all are equitably empowered to succeed.

Find opportunities to engage in upcoming campus climate assessment, diversity audit, and equity walk, the data from which will inform our strategy for moving forward.

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Enterprise Information System (Workday Project)

Enterprise iconSystems and data architecture support the foundational business processes that inform our work to help students and each other succeed. Columbus State will use the Workday project as the catalyst for building consistent, efficient, and sustainable capabilities in our systems and processes; ensuring equitable outcomes and a seamless experience for students; and enabling our faculty and staff to effectively deliver services.

We will embrace change during the project and will enlist broad engagement and collaboration across the College, supporting a culture of inclusion. And we will remain focused on strategic priorities that support Columbus State’s position as a leader in college accessibility, personal and career advancement, and regional economic prosperity. Our guiding principles for this transformation are:

  • Put students first
  • Focus on outcomes rather than current processes
  • Integrate and communicate broadly
  • Consolidate systems and embrace Workday
  • Empower and support project team and employees

Participate and monitor our progress here:

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Capital Planning

Planning iconColumbus State is building a strong foundation for future growth in a post-pandemic world by envisioning campuses, spaces and places designed for the future of work, education, and community.

Since Franklin County voters approved Issue 21 in spring 2020, we have put key pieces in place to refocus efforts on physical infrastructure investment at our downtown campus and other Franklin County locations. We are planning with new insight gleaned from the revolution we’ve all experienced this past year in instructional delivery, in the workplace, and in our culture.

  • We’re strengthening our core by completing deferred maintenance projects before they become more expensive, creating gathering spaces, increasing accessibility and inclusion in our buildings, and better integrating campus edges with the community.
  • We’re making College work and instructional spaces more flexible to support in-person and remote interaction equally well.
  • We’re assembling a coalition of resource partners, grounded in community and equity, to help us reassess and re-envision where needed to make sure our plans will meet emerging education, work, and societal needs. We will partner with the Columbus office of AECOM team and other nationally recognized firms with Columbus operations to discover and articulate our vision and strategy for particular sectors; the requisite facilities and business plans; and plans for their implementation: MKSK, Moody-Nolan, Elford Construction, DLZ Engineers, and Warhol & Wall St.

Enterprise Project Management Office

The Columbus State Community College Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) is a service organization created to provide college-wide support for governance, portfolio management best practices, mentoring and standardization of PM tools and processes.

The mission of the EPMO is two-fold:

  • To create a foundation of transparency and consistent project management practice through the development and enhancement of strong project/program management discipline within Columbus State's project teams.
  • Ensure connection and alignment of projects to institutional priorities and that those projects are guided to a successful conclusion.

To submit a new project request, download templates (or see examples), or access additional resources for managing a project, click the link below.