Appreciative Inquiry Strategic Planning

“There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about” (Wheatley, 2009).

At our Convocation on September 6th, 2015, we engaged in an Appreciative Inquiry Interview with our colleagues to help shape our next strategic plan.

At Northern Essex Community College we value our history and invite all to share in the creation of our future.

Three years ago stakeholders from inside and outside of the college gathered together to create and share in the development of the NECC Strategic Plan, which includes the following five Strategic Directions:

a. Engage Students as Active Learners
b. Be the First and Best Resource for the Community
c. Support Leadership at every level
d. Embrace Diversity
e. Strive for Educational Excellence

Importantly, the strategic directions reflect the NECC community and our organizational Core Values:

  • Student Engagement:
    We are committed to fully engaging our students as active learners by providing a diverse range of educational experiences.
  • Collaboration:
    We are committed to developing productive, collaborative relationships within the college and among our various constituencies in the greater Merrimack Valley.
  • Personal and Professional Growth:
    We are committed to the personal and professional growth of faculty, staff, and students alike. We believe that lifelong learning is essential to the personal enrichment and professional growth of each individual.
  • Respect:
    We are committed to fostering mutual respect that enables faculty, staff, and students to grow and work together in a supportive environment of shared governance, open communication, and fairness.
  • Diversity:
    We are committed to creating an institutional climate that deepens our appreciation for diversity and for the unique attributes of each individual.
  • Access and Opportunity:
    We are committed to providing affordable access to educational opportunity.
  • Excellence:
    We are committed to a high standard of educational excellence in teaching and learning. Nothing less than the best will do for and from our students and ourselves.


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