Strategic Plan - for the Students, Employees, and Community of the Alamo Colleges
The Alamo Colleges will be the best in the nation in Student Success and Performance Excellence.
Empowering our diverse communities for success.
The members of Alamo Colleges are committed to building individual and collective character through the following set of shared values in order to fulfill our vision and mission.
- Students First
- Respect for All
- Can Do Spirit
Goal I. Access
The Alamo Colleges provide a gateway to a quality higher education experience.
A. Recruit and enroll students from the eight-county service area with an outreach focus on under-represented populations, such as low income students of color
B. Leverage K-12 partnerships to facilitate the smooth transfer of students into the Alamo Colleges
C. Continue to expand and strengthen all distance education courses and programs
Goal II. Success/Completion
The Alamo Colleges provide the academic and student support to facilitate the successful completion of student academic goals.
A. Engage in improvement and alignment of institutional systems and practices to improve student success (Achieving the Dream, Foundations of Excellence, MyMAP)
B. Provide students with degree planning and academic advising, resulting in roadmaps for success
C. Provide a comprehensive approach to developmental instruction and support that accelerates the completion of requirements and ensures the movement of students toward their academic goals, such as flexible options and integrated occupational/DE program (I-Best)
D. Identify, implement, and continuously improve student learning outcomes for each course and program offered
E. Provide professional development for faculty and staff to create greater student engagement and learner-centered instruction
F. Continue to collaborate with secondary school partners on issues of joint interest (i.e. testing, advising, instructional offerings, etc.)
G. Continuously measure and improve outcomes as outlined in the student success policy
H. Develop a student-tracking and intervention system to monitor and promote student academic progress from enrollment to completion
I. Redesign the student "orientation" model, develop a peer mentoring program, and implement an early alert process to better support student completion and success
Goal III. Pathways to Success
Develop coherent educational pathways in partnership with universities, businesses, and community-based organizations with a focus on student completion and life-long learning.
A. Create coherent, structured pathways to certificate and degree completions based on high demand occupations
B. Provide a core curriculum that ensures students will gain the knowledge and skills required for success in college, in careers, in their communities, and in their lives
C. Collaborate with area universities to provide transfer programs that align with baccalaureate degrees
D. Build internship and practicum experience into all workforce programs
E. Strengthen the advisory committee relationship between business and industry partners and the colleges
F. Provide articulated academies for high school students to enter into careers such as Aerospace, Information Technology Security Assurance, and Nursing
G. Provide workplace and continuing education training that results in opportunities to enhance workplace skills and further education
Goal IV. Performance Excellence
Continuously improve our employee, financial, technological, physical, and other capacities with focus on effectiveness, efficiency, and agility.
A. Deploy the Alamo Way using data to build a culture of evidence and efficient and effective systems to ensure sustainability
B. Build talent and engage employees with a focus on learning, collaboration, and performance
C. Ensure sound financial management
D. Maximize technology for student and employee success with a focus on innovation
E. Develop long- and short-term facilities plans for colleges and district, including upgrades to master plans, deferred maintenance, and scheduled maintenance
F. Develop safety manuals, plans, and protocols and the associated student and employee training
G. Identify and implement strategic environmental sustainability procedures and initiatives throughout the district
Goal V. Organizational Communication
Foster integrated organizational communication to consistently promote the positive impact and value of the Alamo Colleges to the community of Bexar County and the surrounding service area.
A. Develop and deploy a marketing plan for the Alamo Colleges that addresses dual credit curriculum, transfer curriculum, workforce curriculum, continuing education curriculum, and developmental education curriculum
B. Develop, measure, track, and improve communication approaches and outcomes
C. Develop and deploy an internal communication plan focusing on transparency and two-way communication
The Alamo Colleges serve the Bexar County community through their programs and services that help students succeed in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed in today's world. Students are taught by highly qualified faculty with Master's and doctorate degrees dedicated to creating a learning centered environment. Student services include counseling, computer labs, tutoring, financial services, services for the disabled, developmental instruction, veteran's services, and job placement.
The five colleges — San Antonio (est. 1925), St. Philip's (est. 1898), Palo Alto (est. 1985), Northeast Lakeview (est. 2007), and Northwest Vista (est. 1995) — offer associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs that prepare students for jobs, as well as arts and science courses that transfer to four-year colleges and universities and lead to AA and AS degrees.
The Alamo Colleges nine-member board of trustees are elected locally to six-year terms by Bexar County voters. The Chancellor, the district's chief executive officer, guides and implements the programs and policies of the Alamo Colleges.
Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip’s College and San Antonio College are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditations of Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip’s College and San Antonio College.