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Comprehensive Strategic Plan Strengthens Owens' Position as Leader In Higher Education

Serving as Northwest Ohio's number one choice in higher education, Owens Community College is committed to building upon its rich tradition by bringing academic excellence into the 21st century. The College is defining its mission and vision for the future through the adoption of a strategic plan entitled "Choosing Our Direction: Strategies for the Future".

The recommendation to implement the strategic plan and vision and mission statements were unanimously approved by the Owens Community College Board of Trustees during their monthly meeting.

"Owens Community College is dedicated to providing a higher educational experience that changes lives and strengthens our Northwest Ohio community," said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. "This is a working strategic plan with the ability to evolve, ensuring that we are continually focused on meeting the demands of current and future students."

In Fall 2001, President Adams created and empanelled the College Planning Council to provide a multidisciplinary and "grass roots" action team. Comprised of administrators, faculty and staff, the council was charged with the task of providing framework essential for Owens' future success in carrying out its mission and achieving its vision. In the course of their work the planning council devised six central strategies to shape the future direction of the College.

The six strategies are: Focus on Student Success, Improve Organizational Vitality, Promote Institutional Advancement, Improve Responsiveness and Increase Collaboration, Foster a Collaborative Culture and Develop a Delivery Strategy for Service Regions. These defined strategies outline the framework for Owens to enhance its already strong educational foundation.

As a result of the College Planning Council's efforts, the determination was made to more clearly and concisely state Owens' mission. The new Mission Statement states: "We believe in serving our students and our communities. Your success is our mission."

In addition, the organization identified the need for a crafted Vision Statement that embodies the College's future. Owens' new Vision Statement reads: "Owens faculty and staff are committed to strengthening the community by providing a superior educational experience through excellence, innovation and collaboration."

"'Choosing Our Direction' embodies the collaborative efforts of a broad scope of constituencies to assure the growth, prosperity and effectiveness of Owens Community College," said Brian Paskvan, Owens Co-Chair of the College Planning Council.

Owens Community College has been providing higher education to Northwest Ohio's surrounding communities for nearly four decades. Since becoming a comprehensive community college in 1994, Owens has nearly doubled its size with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases.

Two years ago, the College was cited as the fastest-growing community college of its size in the United States by "Community College Week", a national publication serving community, technical and junior colleges. This past fall, Owens ranked as the leader in Fall Semester enrollment growth among all of Ohio's public colleges and universities. The statewide enrollment study was conducted by the Ohio Board of Regents.

To accommodate the record number of students, the College opened a new $11 million Center for Fine and Performing Arts for Fall Semester on the Toledo-area Campus. The Center represented the sixth new building added to the Toledo-area Campus since 1994, joining the Fire Science/Law Enforcement Center, Library, Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Math/Science Center and Student Health and Activities Center.

Continuing to enhance educational opportunities for students, Owens will break ground for a new Fire and Police Training Center for Professional Development and Homeland Security on Thursday, April 29. The Center will be the only state-of-the- art facility of this magnitude within the Midwest United States. In the Hancock County area Owens broke ground in the fall for its new Findlay-area Campus. The new facility will be located near Interstate 75 and open its doors for students by Fall Semester 2005.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for Northwest Ohio college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.
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