Inver Hills Community College understands the importance of planning for the future to secure relevant and rewarding learning experiences and outcomes for our students. Our college engages in multiple planning processes as a forward-thinking institution of higher education.
A visual of the planning process components is displayed below followed by detailed descriptions and links to planning documents.
Developed by external stakeholders, accountability plans provide a framework for long-term planning while delivering tools that make sure the college is making sound preparations for the future.
Long-term plans determine what Inver Hills embarks to achieve over the next three to five years. Another purpose for long-term planning is providing a framework for the college's annual plans.
Annual plans include specific objectives to accomplish for the year. The college has separate annual planning processes for instructional areas and non-instructional areas. Instructional areas develop annual plans through the Program Review process and non-instructional areas develop annual plans through the Annual Planning process.
Inver Hills developed an annual planning process for non-instructional areas of the college in fall 2015 and spring 2016. The process was launched at the end of spring 2016. The process includes the development of two plans each fiscal year:
The annual planning process cycle is designed with the idea that plans are dynamic living documents that require review and adjustment throughout the year. The annual planning process is also designed to be proactive in that plans for the next fiscal year are drafted 10 months in advance of the beginning of the fiscal year. This cycle and timeline calls for the development of fiscal year plans prior to/in conjunction with the development of fiscal year budgets.
The cycle of the annual planning process includes initial development of plans in October prior to the fiscal year, a spring review of plans in February prior to the fiscal year, a fall review of plans in September of the fiscal year, a review with the Cabinet in December of the fiscal year, and a closeout in April of the fiscal year.
Pursuant to Minnesota State system Policy 3.10, Inver Hills established a program review process to improve the quality of teaching and learning through review oversight. Program review is a five-year cohort based model. All departments and programs participate in a focused component of program review each year cycling through student success, partnerships, financials, curriculum, and planning over the five-year time period. The college's Program/Department Review Policy & Procedures.
To learn more about the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) that initiated the program review policy, visit Accreditation.
All former AQIP Pathway institutions have now transitioned to the Standard or Open Pathways, and HLC has unpublished the AQIP Pathway resources on its website. References to AQIP also will be removed throughout HLC’s documents and online systems.
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