Our Path Forward

Our Path Forward

Our Path Forward

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

Explore Harold Washington College’s transformative five-year strategic plan for 2021-2025. Download the full plan below for more information.

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From the President

Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D.

President, Harold Washington College

I am pleased to share Harold Washington College’s Strategic Plan for 2021-2025 – our roadmap for the future. The strategies identified within this five-year plan reflect the priorities and goals of the College and will guide us through this next period of transformative change and growth. Read More

President Daniel López
Harold Washington College

“With this plan, I am confident that we will improve critical student outcomes, including retention and completion. I also believe this plan will transform student, faculty, and staff experiences at our College.”

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

Harold Washington College is a student-centered institution that empowers all members of its community through accessible and affordable academic advancement, career development, and personal enrichment.

Vision

To be a leading institution of choice for students and to provide them with the skills required to be agents of change for themselves and the communities they choose to serve.

Values

  • Embrace human diversity
  • Care about the whole student
  • Offer responsive and relevant education
  • Pursue academic excellence
  • Assess to improve learning
  • Build community
  • Foster global citizenship for social justice

Through these core values, we strive to embody and honor the vision of Harold Washington, former Mayor of Chicago.

To read more about Harold Washington’s background, download the full Strategic Plan.

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City Colleges aren’t always recognized for the opportunities that they can provide – especially to those with nontraditional backgrounds. I thought it would be a stepping stone, but it’s opened so many doors for me and I feel incredibly supported as I know other nontraditional students do.

City Colleges aren’t always recognized for the opportunities that they can provide – especially to those with nontraditional backgrounds. I thought it would be a stepping stone, but it’s opened so many doors for me and I feel incredibly supported as I know other nontraditional students do.

City Colleges aren’t always recognized for the opportunities that they can provide – especially to those with nontraditional backgrounds. I thought it would be a stepping stone, but it’s opened so many doors for me and I feel incredibly supported as I know other nontraditional students do.

Rudy Cordero
Harold Washington College Alumnus | Harold Washington College transferred to Yale University

Summary of Strategies

Six strategic levers form the framework for all of City Colleges’ plans. They serve as guiding principles and beliefs that are fundamental to the holistic success of our plans. The six strategic levers and their goals are:

Exceptional Student Experience
Equity
Economic Responsiveness
Excellence
Collaboration
Institutional Health

Our Goal: Create an Exceptional Student Experience

We promise that every experience with City Colleges, from pre-admissions to completion, will be exceptional. Every student will be able to maximize their learning inside and outside the classroom, navigate our institution with ease, make significant progress towards their goals, and feel welcome and supported by all City Colleges employees.

Foster a culture of care

Enhance and diversify student outreach efforts

Expand academic supports, tools, and resources

Expand and enhance student engagement opportunities

Our Goal: Significantly Narrow Achievement Gaps

We will become a “student-ready” and equitable institution that is designed for all students to thrive—especially those from historically and present-day marginalized communities. We will equip students with the support and resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Reduce academic equity gaps.

Ensure that curricula, teaching, and learning practices address implicit biases and represent equitable standards.

Foster a strong culture of equity.

Our Goal: Respond to the Economic Needs of the City

We will be forward-looking and agile in developing pathways and forging partnerships that unlock transformational career opportunities for CCC students and fuel the Chicago workforce with talent that is prepared to meet the needs of the economy.

Strengthen and expand strategic partnerships.

Bolster talent pipeline and career opportunities.

We will build a culture of excellence that inspires everyone to become the ‘best in class’ for our students and community. We hold ourselves accountable to delivering academics, experiences, and services of the highest quality. Our faculty and staff will continue to receive professional development across the district to continuously improve their practices.

Revitalize Center of Excellence program offerings.

Strengthen and enrich our teaching and learning practices.

Build capacity, and support, and retain faculty and staff.

Establish a culture of continuous improvement.

Goal: Create a Collaborative and Connected Ecosystem

We will create a more collaborative and connected ecosystem to foster coordination and communication that supports student success. At each college and across the district, we will implement people, data, and technology solutions to create holistic best practices with an inclusive approach to problem solving.

Build strategies to strengthen communications.

Create opportunities to connect with internal stakeholders.

Expand college transparency and access to critical information.

Goal: Develop, Monitor, and Improve Institutional Health Measures

We will develop, monitor, and improve critical institutional health metrics that ensure financial sustainability and the well-being of our institution.

Enhance college operations.

Integrate transparent and sustainable financial structures.

To read more about the strategies and tactics that Harold Washington College will use to achieve its objectives, download the full Strategic Plan.

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