Strategic Goals 2012-2015

NECC’s roots are in Haverhill, where our 106-acre suburban campus on Kenoza Lake serves nearly 5,000 students each semester and features an award-winning One-Stop Student Services Center, recently renovated Library, and a new Technology Center. Twelve miles away in downtown Lawrence, enrollment has climbed to nearly 3,000 students, and even with the opening of a new Health and Technology Center in 2013, more must be accomplished to fulfill the promise of a comprehensive urban campus to meet the needs of Lawrence and the surrounding communities, even as we maintain excellence on our Haverhill Campus, including:

  • Partnering with the city and area businesses and organizations on downtown improvement planning
  • Providing the necessary space, staffing, and other resources for academic and student support services
  • Developing new programs and services to meet the needs of students, businesses, and organizations in the area
  • Expanding collaborative activities with K-12 schools in Lawrence and surrounding communities

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While some students attend NECC to take a particular course out of personal interest, or to improve job skills; most intend to complete several courses or an entire program in order to transfer or graduate. Our Core Academic Skills are meant to bring clarity and focus to areas of learning we think are most important, and need to be fully implemented. Through our work with Achieving the Dream and other recent student success initiatives our retention and graduation rates have been improving—nearly 80% of our students transfer, graduate, or are still enrolled six years after admittance. But we can do better. The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project and the American Association of Community Colleges Call to Action challenge us to improve our retention and graduation rates, for the good of our students, the college, and our communities. By 2015 we will:

  • Improve our Student Persister rate from 78% to 81%
  • Increase the number of degrees and certificates awarded from 1,048 to 1,200

NECC already provides outstanding support services such as academic advising, tutoring, developmental learning centers, learning accommodations, and library services. Through our work with Achieving the Dream and other student success initiatives we have also experimented with other forms of academic support such as supplemental instruction, learning communities, and service learning. We can become even more effective in these and other areas by:

  • Developing a comprehensive plan for delivering tutoring services across the college
  • Fully implementing and expanding the use of DegreeWorks for academic planning and support services
  • “Scaling Up” academic support services that lead to improved student success

light blue goal starWhether a student attends NECC for a single class, a Liberal Arts transfer degree, or an occupational certificate program, eventually that student will seek a job in a chosen career field. The college already provides access to important career preparation services such as career research tools, workshops, counseling, and job placement assistance.
Improving student career preparation involves:

  • Ensuring we are offering high quality academic programs that meet student transfer and career needs
  • Providing access to high quality workshops and research tools in multiple formats
  • Connecting students to pre-employment career preparation opportunities like internships, work-study, and cooperative education
  • Making meaningful connections between community service and service learning experiences and career preparation

Green goal star

All of us are educators. Whatever our role at the college, we are here to help students learn and accomplish their goals. To do this effectively, we must be constantly learning ourselves — about teaching strategies, new technologies, leadership skills, cultures of the world, computer applications, and more. Creating a “Culture of Learning” means building on the successes of NECC’s Center for Professional Development, Living Our Vision of Excellence Committee, and Center for Instructional Technology and doing even more to support growth and development, including:

  • Opportunity for ongoing training and development plans for all faculty and staff
  • Access to regularly scheduled workshops, classes, and leadership academies
  • Opportunities for advanced forms of growth and development through conferences, classes, and programs outside the college
  • An organizational structure and resources within the college to support this “Culture of Learning”