Texas Southmost College (TSC) is an institution of higher education that is still emerging from two decades of operation under The University ofTexas at Brownsville. Now, in 2017-2018, under the leadership of new TSC President, Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, Ph.D., and with a Board of Trustees in place that has an interest in planning for the future, it is the appropriate time to work strategically.
At Texas Southmost College, strategic planning is a dynamic, collaborative, and continuous process that sets the future direction for the college, and ensures the long-term viability of our institution for our students and community.
In fall 2017, TSC identified and contracted Dr. Byron McClenney as a consultant to expedite the strategic planning process. The process of developing a strategic plan embraced transparency and sought to build consensus by including feedback from students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and community leaders.
TSC’s strategic planning was launched in October 2017 with a workshop for the college’s Board of Trustees. A framework for constituent conversations was presented and guiding questions were prepared for a series of focus sessions. All-inclusive sessions were held for students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and community leaders.
The results of the discussions were presented at a college-wide event on January 8, 2018, which included information about the service region, workforce issues, and current and prospective students. Roundtable discussions about this information and subsequent discussions of Words for the Future, drawn from the November 2017 focus sessions, led to the production of Big Ideas by TSC’s consultant.
A document was produced by TSC’s consultant for consideration by President Rodriguez as the next step in the process and in preparation for a work session with the Board of Trustees on March 22, 2018. The desired outcome was a document to guide work that will impact how the institution plans and budgets for the next three to five-year period.
Intended to provide strategic direction for TSC, the five goals for the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan are: Foster Student Success, Lead Regional Workforce Development, Enrich Student Experiences, Enhance Community Connections, and Invest in Each Other. These goals reflect the collective voices of all constituent groups.
To provide continuity and flexibility for the Strategic Plan, the TSC Board of Trustees and the TSC President will develop an annual review process to take into account the outcomes of the past year of work and the dynamic nature of the changing conditions and needs of the institution, industry and the communities which TSC services as the college moves forward to meet its vision, accomplish its mission, and uphold its values.