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Columbus State 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 expanding pathways to sustainable careers, 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 economic mobility. 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

Equity iconAs a community college, Columbus State seeks to reflect the community it serves – not only within our student body, but also in our workforce and leadership. More importantly, we must achieve student success outcomes and create a more inclusive workplace where all identities can be successful. To that end, we are committed to establishing a foundation with equity at the core, while working to remove institutional barriers for every dimension of diversity represented in our College community. Through a systematic review of our policies and practices; comprehensive assessment of key metrics within our institutional climate; and an equity audit we will collect critical data that will inform the creation of the College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals and future strategic planning. Together, we will define a shared language that fosters a common understanding of key terminology in ways that advance our mission. These essential steps serve as a catalyst for Columbus State to build capacity and create a 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.

Transformational Objectives

Enterprise Information iconColumbus State is taking significant strides toward fostering student success by introducing Transformational Objectives related to the Workday implementation. These transformations aim to facilitate a holistic vision of student success, emphasizing the institution's dedication to equipping students with the resources necessary to excel in their academic and career endeavors.

By aligning these transformational objectives with Columbus State’s broader strategic vision, the College is positioned to enact positive change and empower our student community.

  • Strategic management of new student enrollment funnel
    Access to a full view of the new student enrollment funnel and the ability for staff to manage territories and cohorts of prospects, applicants, and accepted students through registration
  • Implementation of case management advising
    All students will be matched with an advisor in their career pathway. The advisor will be assigned upon admission and will advise the student through the completion of their time at Columbus State. Network-of-care advising cohorts will enhance student support. Advisors will assist their students in creating an academic and career plan. They will continually monitor their assigned students’ progress using indicators related to course registration, course drop and withdrawal, holds, academic performance, and academic momentum.
  • Integrated planning, presentation, and registration package for students – improved course scheduling
    Development of an integrated presentation, planning, and registration package for students to facilitate course scheduling. This approach gives students a clear understanding of course options and a view of their program progress.
  • Clear student communication strategy
    Communication at key milestones
    in the student journey will be created and managed through Workday and mapped to the student experience.
  • Data and reporting – one system, clear definitions, regular reporting on key metrics
    Development of regular reporting on key student success indicators based on enhanced data within Workday

Workday Transformation (ERP/SIS)

Systems and data architecture support the foundational business processes that inform our work to help students and colleagues succeed. The College has initiated the implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning and Student Information System (ERP/SIS), Workday, to support and streamline processes in a single cloud-based system. 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.

Participate and monitor our progress here:

Workday Transition SharePoint Site

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 during the pandemic 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 make sure our plans will meet emerging education, work, and societal needs. We will partner with the Columbus office of AECOM 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.