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"When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it." W. Clement Stone

Development of a new MCC Strategic Plan

Another success! Our AQIP action project to develop a new five year strategic plan for the college has been declared complete.

The purpose of this project was to define the goals and strategies that will guide the college in meeting its mission over the next five years. Our current plan expires at the end of this fiscal year.

President Hart wasted no time getting started on the project. In October, 2009 the current mission, vision, and values were reviewed with the Management Leadership Team (MLT), President's Staff, Strategic Planning Team (SPT), and the MCC Advisory Council. It was the unanimous opinion of these representatives that the existing mission, vision and values are effective and relevant in guiding the institution and that there was no need to change or modify them. Strategic planning documents were then gathered, disseminated and perused. A subcommittee of Dr. Hart, Charles Duell and Diana Morgan met in November, 2009 and created a rough draft of Strategic Commitments for 2010 - 2014. The draft was reviewed and revised by SPT at the November 24, 2009 meeting. The Strategic Commitments draft was then presented to MLT, President's Staff, and the MCC Advisory Council. All suggestions received were taken into consideration and any necessary revisions were made. The Strategic Commitments for 2010 - 2014 were presented and accepted by the employees of Morgan Community College at the spring semester kick-off that was held on January 13, 2010.  (Read them here.)

The next phase of the process is to present the plan to the public.

Read the Strategic Planning Statement
from Dr. Hart

A...QuIP of the Month:

"Our results demonstrate progress against our strategic plan." -Bill Owens

A new learning platform!

In conjunction with CCCS's decision to switch online learning platforms, MCC made the process of implementing Desire 2 Learn on our campus into an AQIP project. This intensive process has involved our administrators, IT personnel and faculty, and is now nearing completion. The project will ultimately affect all students attending this campus.

Desire2Learn or D2L as we fondly call it, is the new online learning platform for the Colorado Community College System. Why did CCCS change platforms? Last year the faculty using Blackboard were having performance issues with it and the contract was about to expire, so the Learning Technology Council, comprised of technology personnel staff from each college, examined a variety of online platforms, narrowing it down to a handful. Faculty members across the system were invited to test the finalists' platforms to decide which one they liked most. In April 2009, D2L won the bid and became our new online platform.

The Learning Technology Council then came up with a migration plan to move courses from BlackBoard to D2L. A total of 3,992 courses (not counting multiple sections) were migrated on June 12, 2009! Just to give you an idea of how Morgan Community College fit into the system, MCC had almost 200 courses and Front Range Community College migrated about 1,500 courses. During the summer of 2009, training was completed on D2L for administrators and designers. For a migration of such magnitude, it has gone well. As always, there are a few glitches and a few courses didn't come across in entirety, but for the most part it has been a smooth migration.

During the fall 2009 semester, each college was able to pilot test up to 5 courses. MCC did its pilot testing with Janet Larrick, Jaylene Evans, Chris Holcom, and Barbara Eakley-Troudt each teaching a course in the new platform. Training sessions for the remainder of MCC's faculty were also held in the Fall and all courses went live for the Spring 2010 semester. Most faculty members have adapted easily and find D2L very user friendly. Students also have made the transition without much complaint. D2L should provide more reliability and stability for students and instructors alike. There are things we miss about Blackboard, but soon it will be a distant memory and D2L will be our platform of choice!