Department Operational Planning

UPDATED June 30, 2022

Operational Planning Overview

Each year, we ask departments to develop plans, ideas, and budgets for the future, exploring what we will do and what we could do to improve outcomes in each area and better support the college's strategic plan. In the 2021-22 planning year, we received training on the Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) and started to develop or reconfirm department Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). In summer and fall 2022, departments and 4DX teams will start using the 4DX process and toolset to help implement plans and work to achieve their WIGs.

Stay tuned in early fall for additional information on how our 4DX work will integrate into our standard annual department operational planning and budgeting processes. This process will help departments plan the strategies and actions needed to reach their WIG, assess their current environment for opportunities and risks, and discuss budget needs.

Operational Planning Process and Timeline

Stay tuned for details in early Fall 2022!

Department Planning Resources

MCC Annual Department Planning and Budgeting Shared Google Drive

We have completed two years of annual planning and budgeting work using the college-wide shared Google drive. All department chairs and managers should have access to the shared planning drive. Direct links to department planning folders are provided below. Each department folder contains subfolders for planning years. Department plans and budget requests from prior years are contained in the FY2020-21, FY2021-22, and FY 2022-23 folders. We will add additional folders for future years when templates are available. If folders do not exist or are empty, then we found no prior submissions for last year.

MCC Annual Department Planning and Budgeting Shared Drive Folders by Division

Other Resources

Planning Alignment to College and District Goals

Operational plans, goals, and new initiative proposals should align with MCC’s strategic directions and goals from our current strategic plan: Thunderbirds THRIVE 2020-2025.

The college has three strategic directions for 2020-2025:

  1. MCC Strategic Direction 1: MCC is an Agent for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  2. MCC Strategic Direction 2: MCC improves student outcomes and experiences through Guided Pathways.
  3. MCC Strategic Direction 3: MCC is a great place to work.

MCC's Wildly Important Goal (WIG) focused on student success is: By 2025, MCC will attain equitable 2-year outcomes for new-to-college students by increasing the two-year success rate for all racial groups to 16%.

These sub-goals support the WIG:

  • Close Opportunity Gaps in Course Success - By Fall 2023, close opportunity gaps in course success across all racial groups while increasing MCC’s overall course success rate from 74% to 80% per semester.
  • Increase first-year college-level English and math completion - By the end of 2023, with equity across racial groups, increase the percentage of new-to-college students who complete college-level English and math in their first year from 27% to 33%.
  • Increase first-year student credit momentum - By the end of 2023, with equity across racial groups, increase the percentage of full-time, new-to-college students who earn 30+ credits in their first year from 12% to 18% and increase the percentage of part-time, new-to-college students who earn 15+ credits in their first year from 18% to 24%.
  • Improve the student experience - By 2025, increase the percentage of students who report that their college experience was better than expected from 54% to 66%.
  • Recruit and Retain a Diverse Workforce - By 2025, increase the diversity of our workforce by 5%.

MCC's WIG and sub-goals support the Maricopa District WIG: Increase equitable two-year completion/transfer rate for students of color from 9.8% to 15% by fall 2023.

Other Planning and Budgeting Needs

Supplemental Funding Requests

While a lot of focus is on future year planning, everyone knows that things happen and opportunities emerge every day. There will continue to be a process for requesting one-time funds from the college in situations where budget can't be immediately identified in your VP's division. An electronic form should be ready soon, but in the meanwhile we'll continue to rely on dialogue through your SAVP/VP/EVP to ensure we are meeting the college's needs pending a more formal process.

Need Help?

For questions related to planning, goal setting, or the shared Google Drive, contact Dennis Mitchell in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness

For questions related to budgeting or funding requests, contact the Fiscal Office.