Strategic Plan

Design for the Future

Higher education faces a new and challenging landscape—onecharacterized by accelerating change, emerging demographic trends and aggressive competition among colleges and universities.

Fresh course and program designs plus innovative approaches to teaching and learning are the best ways to navigate this landscape.

Outlined in our 2007-2010 Strategic Plan, Dakota County Technical College's Design for the Future positions the college to excel and prosper in an increasingly demanding educational environment.

2012-2016 Strategic Plan

DCTC Strategic Directions & Goals (2012-2016)

Strategic Direction 1

Cultivate dynamic educational experiences that evolve with market demands.

  • Goal 1.1 Expand access to college services.
  • Goal 1.2 Investigate and implement alternative delivery methods for courses/programs.
  • Goal 1.3 Contribute to students' transitions from college to career and lifelong success.
  • Goal 1.4 Research, develop, expand, and monitor academic programs to ensure each meets the needs of the workforce and the demands of the global market.

Strategic Direction 2

Advance technical education through partnerships and alliances with external stakeholders.

  • Goal 2.1 Design and build a strong and engaged alumni presence.
  • Goal 2.2 Strengthen and further develop partnerships with business and industry at the local, national, and international level.
  • Goal 2.3 Continue collaborative efforts with a full range of education partners.
  • Goal 2.4 Enhance engagement with and support from the community.

Strategic Direction 3

Strengthen DCTC's financial viability.

  • Goal 3.1 Research and pursue alternative sources of funding and stewardship.
  • Goal 3.2 Research and pursue process efficiencies.
  • Goal 3.3 Utilize technology to improve business processes.
  • Goal 3.4 Maximize space utilization.

Strategic Direction 4

Promote an environment of innovation and engagement.

  • Goal 4.1 Provide a welcoming environment to all college visitors.
  • Goal 4.2 Increase communication, collaboration, and teamwork between/among departments.
  • Goal 4.3 Foster employee engagement.
 

MnSCU Strategic Framework (2012-2016)

Commitment 1:

Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.
Cultivate dynamic educational experiences that evolve with market demands.

  • Our faculty and staff will provide the best education available in Minnesota, preparing graduates to lead in every sector.
  • We will continue to be the place of opportunity, making education accessible to all Minnesotans who seek a college, technical or university education; those who want to update their skills; and those who need to prepare for new careers.

Commitment 2:

Advance technical education through partnerships and alliances with external stakeholders.

  • Our colleges and universities will be the partner of choice for businesses and communities across Minnesota to help them solve real-world problems and keep Minnesotans at the leading edge of their professions.

Commitment 3:

Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value / most affordable option.
Strengthen DCTC's financial viability.

  • Our colleges and universities will deliver the highest value to students, employers, communities and taxpayers.
  • We will be the highest value / most affordable higher education option.