Board Approves Three-Year Strategic Plan

Monday, October 23, 2017
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After a yearlong process involving input from community members, business leaders, local educators, government officials, the Raritan Valley Community College community, and others, the RVCC Board of Trustees has approved a three-year strategic plan that focuses on four key areas: increasing student success rates; implementing a strategic enrollment management plan; increasing strategic external partnerships; and increasing equity, sustainability, collaboration, and civic engagement.

“RVCC has a long history of providing affordable access to top-notch higher education to the residents of Somerset and Hunterdon County, whether they are first-time college students planning to transfer to four-year colleges, students pursuing career or technical training for employment immediately after graduation or career advancement, or individuals interested in personal enrichment. As the College has grown, so has the need to expand our mission to address the changing needs of our students and the community,” said RVCC President Michael J. McDonough. “The new strategic plan offers a renewed commitment to accessibility, as well as a fresh focus on student achievement and success.”

The 2018-2021 strategic plan was the result of a year of research, study, and analysis by the College community including the Board of Trustees, as well as feedback from a number of constituencies. These included K-12 partners and home-schooled representatives; government officials; non-profit agencies and other service providers; business and community leaders and general community members. In addition, 285 members of the RVCC community including faculty, administrators and staff, Board members, and students were provided with roundtable opportunities to offer their commentary on the draft strategic plan. The strategic planning process enabled the College to identify its major challenges and opportunities and to develop strategies to better serve its students and the community at large.

The 2018-2021 strategic plan focuses on four broad “pillars” that will direct the College’s resources for the next three years:

Pillar #1: Increase student success rates

Increasing student success rates benefits the College, as well as current and future students, when RVCC ensures that our students finish what they started. Students and the public want to know that their investment in RVCC will lead to tangible results. Combining our longstanding commitment to open-access education with a fresh focus on student achievement will improve student success rates.

Pillar #2: Implement a strategic enrollment management plan

Community colleges nationally are experiencing declining enrollments due to demographic, social, and cultural shifts as well as an improving economy that provides alternatives to college attendance. Faced with the prospect of declining enrollment, RVCC will implement a data-informed, strategic, enrollment management plan based on the cornerstones of recruitment and retention.

Pillar #3: Increase strategic external partnerships

RVCC has developed many partnerships with local school districts, four-year institutions, businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and other entities. The College acknowledges the value of these existing partnerships, as well as the imperative to pursue new partnerships that add strategic value for students and the College.

Pillar #4: Increase equity, sustainability, collaboration, and civic engagement

RVCC is committed to providing opportunities for students and employees to become active and engaged citizens. Valuing diversity also enriches the intellectual and cultural environment for students and employees. RVCC recognizes the importance of our continued leadership in promoting the public good and environmental stewardship. The College is nationally recognized for its leadership in Service Learning, environmental sustainability, and diversity.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit



October 23, 2017

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