Educational Master Plan College Goals

(Approved by PBC, December 2016)

Based on the Cañada College campus forums, the following goals have been developed directly from our campus community's feedback for the Educational Master Plan. (To view your feedback, please click on the "+" symbol within the feedback sections.)

Goal 1. Student Completion/Success 2. Community Connections 3. Organizational Development
Goal Description To provide educational and student services programs that help students meet their unique academic goals; minimize logistical and financial barriers to success; and highlight inclusivity, diversity and equity.  To build and strengthen collaborative relationships and partnerships that support the needs of, reflect and enrich our diverse and vibrant local community.  To invest institutional resources on the structures, processes and practices that focus on a diverse student and staff population, promote excellence, equity, inclusion and transformative learning.
Theme for
each Goal (Alphabetical)
• Academic/Career Pathway
• Student Support Services
• Student Success
• Business, Civic, and Non-profit Community Organizations
• 4-year Transfer Institutions
• K-12 Community Including Adult Schools
Curriculum Development 
• Inclusion
• Organizational Structure
• Professional Development
*The feedback has been provided in its unprioritized and unedited form, based on your initial comments.


1. Commit to student completion of certificates, degrees, and transfer; and create pathways which support the success, retention and persistence of students in their educational goals.
2. Support unconventional, second-career students with a guided career track.
3. College-wide support for student success in job placement, salary increase, certificates and degrees, transfer to a four-year institution, and personal enrichment.
4. Offer services to students to encourage student educational pursuit.
5. Create and or build am educational environment that supports and depends on student accountability.
6. Equip students with the knowledge and transferable skills so they can become productive citizens in our community; provide clear pathways for students to achieve educational goals; invest in opportunities to promote engagement; conduct provocative professional development; and create innovative and flexible learning systems.
7. Promoting accountability, sustainability, and transparency while engaging students in the attainment of educational goals, community services, and industry partnerships.
8. Streamlining duplicate programs in an attempt not just to consolidate, but to be more efficient and reflective when analyzing results
9. Having measurable goals and outcomes for ALL programs to guarantee accountability of programming in measuring student success. Building out accessibility of this data for all.
10. How do we sustain pathways allowing students to matriculate faster?
11. Build a welcoming and supportive environment to ensure student retention
12. Learning outside the classroom.
13. Expand our current tutoring programs for specific studies and or program. This would include special training for our tutors. Also another type of program that we could use with the intranet such as confer to have immediate interaction with tutors and or instructors during specific times.
14. More flexibility for courses offered at Cañada.
15. A student should be able to walk into the welcome center and be greeted by a worker who can inform them of all the resources that Cañada can provide for them and encourage them to look into specific transfer programs.
16. Support students in developing career paths and choose majors early in their educational pathway.
17. Engage students in a balance between education and extracurricular activities.
18. Close achievement gap for students.
19. Every student should be financially literate as part of their education.
20. Offer programs critical to student majors. Sustainable programs allowing students’ timely completion of degrees, certification and transfer majors. Sustainable programs to allow students to reach their academic goals.
21. Streamline duplicate programs.
22. Provide weekly activities which includes food, music, give ways engage more participation in student activities which ultimately promotes student success.
23. Provide a fair and transparent environment that ensures high academic standards and services are available to all students to foster educational success, community engagement, and leadership skills.
24. Provide an academically vigorous environment to challenge human potential.
25. Increase transfer rate.
26. Timely student completion- lower enrollment classes make it through the semester. How do we sustain pathways allowing students to matriculate faster.
27. Offer services to students to encourage student’s educational pursuit.
28. Transforming lives while holding students to high academic standards in a diverse and inclusive environment.
29. Encourage self-advocacy and self-assurance to successfully transfer.
30. Tutoring services will brooded educational opportunities.
31. To be a stepping stone for students to reach their educational goal.
32. Inspire students to be themselves and push themselves forward to find their potential.
33. Fostering an environment where students can develop the critical thinking skills to choose a career path earlier on in their academic career.
34. Give students more opportunities for experiential learning as motivation to complete their educational/career goal in a timely manner.
35. All students select an Academic Pathway that ensures students are engaged, directed, focused and connected.
36. Holistically supporting students to excel in their academics.
37. Increase student support services and resources for evening students in order to increase their attainment of academic/career goals
  • Increase course offerings, services, resources and tutors (staffing)
38. Developing positive self-advocacy skills to better navigate in their educational and career prospects.
39. Increasing degree attainment and transfer rate.
40. Increase persistence to shorten student completion time.
  • Create vibrant learning communities across areas of interest for students at varying levels.
41. Assure students have a clear path to achieve educational and career goals.
42. Develop a campus community that embraces and integrates technology into the learning experiences of students and community partners to better prepare them for the job market.
43. Build an educational environment that supports student success and completion for students with children.
   1. Develop and maintain a quality Child Development Center to provide our students with:
       • quality childcare for children
       • learning labs for ECE/psychology students
       • and internship opportunities for others.
   2. Develop a state of a state of the art learning lab for ECE/psychology students.
44. Fulfill a promise made by accepting students at varied levels of preparedness by ensuring students have access to the necessary courses to complete their educational objectives within 150% of the program length.
45. Expanding retention efforts to focus on all students. Prevent students from falling through the cracks.
46. Educate and inform students about opportunities their personal goals now.
47. To obtain true awareness of the SES of the student body.
48. Increased financial support for programs while minimizing barriers and expediting processes.
49. Make campus more accessible for commuting students, e.g., free shuttle from Sequoia Station.
50. Community and students will have access to all college resources.
51. Create more welcoming environment for returning students, e.g., child care center.
52. Community students will have access to all college resources. "Computer, iPad are available to all students.
53. Increased financial support while minimizing barriers.
54. Childcare opportunities to support our students, faculty and staff 55. Foster a community that sees providing access to the liberal arts as fundamental to community college education for all (equity). Access, training, awareness.
56. Every student has academic support resources (textbooks, laptops, access to internet) necessary to reach their educational goals.
57. To provide adequate financial resources to allow for accessibility for students, faculty and staff (housing, childcare, transportation).
58. Shuttles among our three campuses.
59. Below market rate housing for students.
60. Provide open access to the highest quality education, career opportunity, personal enrichment and achievement within and beyond the classroom that will create a diverse, socially-engaged community of learners.
Objective ideas:
    • identify barriers to access.
    • closing student equity gaps related to the student educational journey.
    • increase opportunities to service-learning experiences.
61. Accessibility for students, staff and faculty by providing financial resources.
62. Increase student enrollment by providing all full-time students with affordable housing.
63. Increase student access by providing accessible (affordable, close in proximity), quality child care for students and employees
64. To provide a welcoming environment to ensure that students are not intimidated to ask for help. Whether it be for a simple explanation for what resources can be provided for them, or just homework help.
65. Build educational environment that increases student access to technology and encourages its implementation in the furtherance of academic goals.
66. Financial stability.
67. Instate tuition for students who take less than 6 units.
68. Every student has their basic needs met (food, housing, childcare, transportation) in order to achieve their educational goal.
69. Know our students needs so that we can help them – know the barriers so that we can address them.
*The feedback has been provided in its unprioritized and unedited form, based on your initial comments.


1. Administration and Management:
Build and strengthen collaborative relationships and partnerships to support the needs of our local communities.
2. More meaningful integration between the College and the community.
3. Community Integration: College leadership develops partnerships and collaborations with our community to meet a range of diverse needs and goals while raising the profile of Cañada College through strategic community outreach and programmatic support.
4. Strengthen collaboration and communication with the community using grassroots efforts.
5. Alumni outreach.
6. Create supportive environment that allows creativity and expansion of the mind. Ex: preforming arts, and arts community involvement program.
7. Get more networking opportunities from tech companies.
8. Create efficient workshops for students to inform them of all the opportunities they can have after graduating from Canada, whether that be for work, or for transfer.
9. Improve communication and collaboration with District.
10. Vocational programs that provide a living wage and advancement.
11. Partnership with companies in Silicon Valley for job placement upon graduation.
12. Build relationships with local industries that provide a pathway for students into tech jobs in our area (Intentional CTE programs).
13. Networking with local community businesses to form internships and other links that would provide specific training or education with our high academic standards.
14. Publicizing specific lecture series that pertain to our diverse community interest. Implement new community events, festivals, music or dance shows to bring community to our college as a recruiting instrument.
15. Establish greater community connections and establish networks to support students.
16. Community connections/networks could include laptop programs, service learning, internships, scholarship fundraising, small business development, etc. In shared governance or community connections we could have a "college hour" where classes cannot take place but instead we build community and develop internal connections with faculty, staff, and students. All of these activities proposed help increase degree.
17. Increase the number people on campus engaging in concerts, conversation, plays, clubs, films, gallery visits, lectures, & sharing excitement about the content of their courses -- more buzz, more activity on campus.
18. High school students (and their parents) know that they can get a better -- not just cheaper, but a better -- education here as compared to CSUs with their huge classes.
19. Continue to strengthening and focus on our relationships with our community partnerships such as our feeder high schools (Sequoia Union High School District).
20. Build partnerships with the community to increase student access to jobs post AA degree.
21. Creating direct job opportunities for our students with local companies. Building stronger relationships with employers to establish internship opportunities and programs.
22. Adapt to the changing needs of the community and maintain a synergistic relationship with our community, education, and industry partners to create a pipeline of skilled workers.
*The feedback has been provided in its unprioritized and unedited form, based on your initial comments.


1. Ensure the campus is hiring the best available talent, and that effective resource protocols are available for initial and ongoing training.
2. Cultivate faculty expertise by supporting discipline-specific professional development.
3. Focus our institution on excellence in teaching and learning.
4. In a positive and safe environment, promote a culture of involvement, value, participation, and engagement for students and employees.
5. The college has systems in place that foster authentic assessment and improvement of teaching and learning practices.
6. Shift how faculty think about their disciplines and prepare their lessons to create a more meaningful learning experience for students.
7. Objective: More intention around course sequences and integration of coursework between disciplines (instead of courses that just prepare them for the next course). Aligns with Goal 4.
8. Develop social awareness, and human connection/collaboration to reshape the perception of the builders of the future.
9. To get maximum involvement of professional development we think that more information is required. Also that the time we go to or for professional development will be covered vs the employee or staff person using personal time.
10. Increase the transparency and visibility of the shared governance process.
11. Promote campus awareness of the needs for sustainability by encouraging faculty to include sustainability in their curriculum and by having discussing, presentations, and participating in activities.
12. The arts are recognized by all as a key part of the intellectual and cultural mission of the college, and participating in the arts is assumed by all as essential for the college experience that leads to meaningful careers.
13. Environmental sustainability: The campus will make a concerted effort toward sustainability, green energy and programs and environmental impact.
14. Adequately compensate faculty for their work.
15. Leverage the community-supported funding status of our District to attract and retain who can afford to live in the Bay Area.
16. Objective: Reestablish sabbatical program for faculty.
17. Transform community perception of Canada College so that it is the preferred choice for education in our local area.
18. Provide resources that encourage the betterment of the body and mind.
19. Equitable learning experiences, facilities and resources (including food services) cross-campus and cross-disciplines.
20. Time and resources required for proactive curriculum development is accounted for in faculty scheduling and workload.
21. College is proactive, rather than reactive, in its curriculum development.
22. Broaden the pathways of communication and engage in collaborative and collegial dialogue within the culture of the institution.
23. Increase faculty engagement that will lead towards increased student success and engagement.
Action: Demonstrate a commitment to the students by having at least 80% tenure/full-time faculty.
24. Global and Sustainable: Continue to share responsibility of our environment and become a diverse and culturally enriched community.
25. Support student cultural diversity.
26. Embrace, celebrate and acknowledge diversity and race through mediums such as professional development, learning communities, clubs and special programming.
27. To facilitate a welcoming environment that incorporates a diverse student population.
28. Faculty, staff and administrators that more accurately reflect the student population we serve.
29. Cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment in which every student feels valued and appreciated based on their diverse background and experiences.
30. Maintain a culture of helpfulness and kindness among all members of Canada Community.
31. Develop an inclusive and diverse campus environment that fosters community and student engagement and collaboration through the interconnecting of services, academics, leadership and learning.
32. As a result of the courage conversations training, institutionalize a curriculum for administrators, faculty, staff and students that promotes attitude, behavior and policy changes that addresses long term racial and other discriminatory practices - conscious and unconscious. 33. Build awareness of student and employee needs in order promote an inclusive environment that is sensitive and supportive of the campus community.
34. Encouraging diversity and an inclusive environment to achieve student success in promoting an engaging student life environment.
35. Build a diverse and inclusive environment by adorning the varieties spaces with multicultural paintings, decorations, etc... to promote students success.
36. Social Justice Representation.
37. Create more welcoming for undocumented students.
38. Military friendly campus.
39. Objective: More explicitly incorporate social justice into the work that we do on campus.
40. Foster an inclusive College population of students, faculty, and staff where all members are treated equitably to promote student success and inspire attainable positive change in the vibrant community that the College serves.

Draft Goals are disseminated via email on November 17, 2016 and one follow-up reminder was sent on November 28, 2016. The purpose of the communication is to seek for additional comments from the College community related to the College Draft Goals.

Seven comments are received (its unprioritized and unedited form.):

  • At the intersection of "Organizational Development" and "Theme for Each Goal," Equity is listed last.  In the expanded list of "Organizational Development Feedback," the first mention of equity isn't until item number 8.  In this current climate, when we have students who fear for their own and/or their family's and friends' lives, we might want to consider making equity a priority.
  • Student completion/Success: Generate, promote, and support diverse approaches to education including  engaging students through active and peer-to-peer learning
  • Excellent Goals--short, sweet, and focused! Love these themes!
  • Org Development:
    Streamline curriculum development for CTE programs.
    Develop capacity within the CTE programs and division (ie full time faculty, new programs, institutional support for curriculum development and evaluation)
  • Given our location in Silicon Valley that attracts internationals to work in global and high tech industries, it's important that we provide our students with opportunities to develop communication, interpersonal and intercultural competencies to work in a diverse team, one way to do this is by strengthening connections among domestic and international students and global Silicon Valley industries
  • Wow - Great Job
  • Student Success/Completion - utilize an integrated support approach between academic and student support services; Broaden the first year experience and transitional programs like COLTS Academy 1 and 2 Develop peer and faculty mentoring relationships for students
    Community Connection - Partnerships with veteran service organizations Identify funding and grant opportunities through community partnerships