After Bullock established the Strategic Planning Committee, consisting of faculty, staff and two students, the first goal was to develop a new mission statement and the college's first vision statement. Both developed statements helped direct the college with their plan, said Strauss.
Nine months were then spent developing the plan, which included eight focus group sessions after the draft plan was created, said Strauss. This allowed the college community and people outside of the college to make comments and suggestions.
"Through those eight focus groups we received quite a bit of feedback on the plan as we were developing it," said Strauss. "We were very pleased from the feedback and that included feedback from students, but we received a lot of information and ideas from the entire faculty and staff base at college."
A strategic planning summit was also held last September where members from industries and businesses within the Capital District were invited to share their ideas.
"We're very happy with this result and we look at it in just being the first step in continuing to meet the needs of our community," said Strauss. "This is the right time to be looking into the future."
The next step in this process will include all the different divisions of the college creating detailed plans in support of the objectives outlined in the strategic plan.""