Henry Ford College Strategic Plan


2021 Strategic Planning website

College Mission

Henry Ford College transforms lives and builds better futures by providing outstanding education. As a student-centered, evidence-based college, our success is measured by the success of our students.

We empower learners through the development of independent, critical and creative thinking, and we foster diversity, inclusion, understanding, and acceptance to prepare learners to succeed in a global society. We anticipate and respond to the needs of our stakeholders, exceed their expectations and serve the public good.

College Vision

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Core Values

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2016-2020 Strategic Plan Goals

Goal 1: Increase students’ success and engagement to better prepare them for work, civic participation, and lifelong learning.

Implementation StrategiesResponsible
A. Create a comprehensive, coordinated plan that uses assessment results to improve teaching and learning. VP - Academic Affairs
B. Determine academic and non-academic factors critical to student retention, and create and implement a comprehensive, coordinated plan that increases retention and completion rates. VP - Academic Affairs, VP - Student Affairs
C. Ensure that curriculum aligns with student and other stakeholder needs. VP - Academic Affairs
D. Provide professional development opportunities to align pedagogy with evolving research on learning. VP - Academic Affairs
E. Provide clear educational pathways for students to establish and achieve their goals. VP - Academic Affairs
F. Improve academic advising by ensuring that all published and communicated information about academic courses and programs is accurate and presented consistently across all systems. VP - Academic Affairs, VP - Student Affairs
G. Provide clear, accessible, and accurate information to students at the appropriate time to assist them in navigating the College effectively and efficiently. Interim VP - IRPA, VP - Student Affairs
H. Engage new students, and orient them to the College’s expectations and resources. VP - Student Affairs
I. Design and enhance strategies to increase access and success of developmental education students in college-level courses. VP - Academic Affairs
J. Identify and promote services that address students’ personal, health, legal, and financial needs. VP - Student Affairs

Goal 2: Achieve and sustain enrollment that ensures high-quality outcomes that meet the needs of students and industry.

Implementation Strategies Responsible
A. Create and expand partnerships with educational institutions, business, and industry. VP - Academic Affairs
B. Evaluate the viability of online courses and programs, and align them with market demand. Cabinet
C. Enhance communication with prospective students by providing timely, comprehensible information using student-friendly delivery methods. VP - Student Affairs
D. Improve marketing and recruitment strategies that effectively promote the College, its programs, and its other offerings. VP - Student Affairs
Offer programs that evolve with industry needs and student demand. VP - Academic Affairs

Goal 3: Cultivate a collaborative culture to improve organizational effectiveness, diversity, and stakeholder satisfaction and to enhance community relations.

Implementation Strategies Responsible
A. Create a collaborative, service-oriented culture through cooperative, collegial communication and evidence-based planning and problem solving. Cabinet
B. Update, vet, and centralize standard operating procedures and policies to ensure accessibility, accountability, and continuous improvement. Cabinet
C. Create a comprehensive onboarding program for employees to acclimate them to their new environment and promote their success. VP - Human Resources & Campus Safety
D. Develop, organize, and market year-round programming and activities to engage the community with the cultural and educational life of the College. Cabinet

Previous Planning Cycles Strategic Plan Documents (PDF files)