Academic Catalog

Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Plan


Transforming Lives and Advancing Communities


The mission of Glen Oaks Community College is to provide opportunities for academic and lifelong success through excellence in teaching and comprehensive support services that meet our community’s diverse educational needs.

Value – “Glen Oaks CARES”

C – Communication and Civility: Glen Oaks values the open and responsible exchange of ideas. We uphold the importance of interacting in ways that demonstrate caring, civility, and respect while encouraging improved models for using technology to connect and improve the linkages among individuals and communities.

A – Access and Academic Success: Glen Oaks values having an open door to all students and believes that appropriate support is vital to the success of all students. Holding students and ourselves to high expectations, we celebrate learning within an educationally transformative environment: one that embraces diverse perspectives and creates meaningful connections between students, faculty, and student affairs professionals.

R – Responsiveness and Service: Glen Oaks values targeted actions to address community needs and internal needs. Recognizing that existing needs change dynamically, we value the role of the college in helping our communities prepare for the future as they develop, succeed and prosper.

E – Ethical Conduct and Transparency: Glen Oaks values acting on the basis of mutual respect. We hold ourselves accountable to the communities we serve and seek to model integrity in all we do. Information related to the college and its performance is understood as public and is made accessible and transparent.

S – Sustainability and Stewardship: Glen Oaks values the ability to acquire, develop, use, and manage resources to sustain the college’s mission. We exercise appropriate control over the college’s human, financial, and academic and support services, and physical plant as essential to effective public stewardship.

Strategic Plan Summary 2022-25  (Update)

Goal 1: Our students will succeed.

Objective 1: By August 2024, of those testing at a pre-college level in math, increase the proportion of credential-seeking students who successfully complete college level math by 3%. The 2020 VFA* baseline is 17.6%.

Objective 2: By August 2024, increase the proportion of part-time students attaining an associate degree or certificate by 3%. The VFA* 2020 baseline is 18.0%.

Objective 3: By August 2025, decrease the performance gap to ≤ 0.70 for the following items on the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI):

  1. I receive ongoing feedback about progress toward my academic goals.
  2. Faculty provide timely feedback about my academic progress.

Objective 4: By August 2023, establish pathways for all programs of study.

Objective 5: By August 2024, achieve campus wide utilization of Watermark retention software.

The Voluntary Framework for Accountability (VFA) is a national system of accountability designed for community colleges by community colleges. Its measures were defined to reflect the unique mission of community colleges and the diversity of the student body, including serving students in need of remedial education. In 2020, 23 of Michigan's community colleges participated in VFA. Glen Oaks has participated annually since 2014.

Goal 2: We will become a Community model committed to the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Objective 1: By December 2023, the college will host two events for students and/or employees focused on increasing the appreciation of diversity in the community. 

Objective 2: By August 2023, the college will revise and enact an employee recruitment plan aimed at diversifying the faculty and staff to better match the student profile. 

Goal 3: We will continue to grow in stability and innovation.

Objective 1: By August 2024, the enrollment of post high school students (as measured by fiscal year equated students, or FYES) will increase by 3% to 475. 

Objective 2: By August 2024, the enrollment of high school students (as measured by fiscal year equated students, or FYES) will increase by 3% to 285. 

Objective 3: By August 2024, plan and conduct a Summer College for Kids program enrolling 25 area elementary students to begin building a college going culture within traditionally non-college attending families. 

Objective 4: By August 2023, establish a new and/or update an existing vocational certificate and/or degree program that aligns with one of the “Southwest Michigan Career Outlook (through 2026)” high-wage or in-demand careers established through the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.

Objective 5: By June 30, 2023, migrate the Ellucian Colleague ERP to the cloud. 

Objective 6: By December 2023 complete Phase Two of the five year capital outlay plan via a 7.0 million dollar USDA loan. 

Objective 7: By June 2023, a new written emergency preparedness plan will be developed which addressed the full range of potential events and threats, including weather, fire, and health and safety.

Objective 8: By June 2023, the college will investigate the potential for a solar energy installation on campus.

Objective 9: By June 2023 the college will install an electric vehicle charging station. 

Objective 10: By July 2023, the college will review, create, and implement academic policies and procedures.

Objective 11: By January 2023, the college will pursue program specific accreditation.

Objective 12: By December 2023, the college will provide employees with enhanced emergency preparedness training.

Goal 4: We will expand and strengthen our collaborative relationships.

Objective 1: By August 2023, provide wide community access to diverse perspectives and relevant national issues via the Viking Speaker Series, reaching a minimum of 600 attendees each year. 

Objective 2: By August 2023, participate in a minimum of eight external community events in which the college is represented, two of which are new. 

Objective 3: By January 2024, increase the faculty presence in high schools to promote academic programs to both CTE and traditional GOCC student populations.

Objective 4: By January 2024, expand advisory meetings to include additional students, business and industry partners, and the ISD (as appropriate) at bi-annual advisory committee meetings.

Objective 5: By January 2024, increase the number of articulation agreements by 10% and communicate transfer pathways to students through multiple sources.

The most recent version of the Strategic Plan Summary was approved by the GOCC Board of Trustees in September, 2022. This is a working document as goals and objectives are reviewed monthly.