The central focus of everything we do here at GCC is being mindful of how we use our resources, so that we give our students what they need. --Dr. Irene Kovala, Glendale Community College President
Glendale, AZ (PRWEB) August 05, 2014
Glendale Community College recently accepted this year’s Award for Institutional Integration from The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Only one college in the nation receives the annual award, which recognizes innovative thinking, planning and implementation in strategic planning.
Called “Disruptive Transition to an Integrated Organizational Planning and Resource Allocation Model,” the plan envisions the GCC of 2020 and what will be needed to get there successfully. The award acknowledges GCC for allocating resources successfully and effectively linking them to the institution’s vision, mission and academic priorities.
The professional acknowledgement reflects that GCC is a national model for strategic planning. Dr. Ilder Betancourt Lopez, GCC Psychology Faculty, presented at the annual international SCUP conference, held in Pittsburgh in July. Later this year, GCC will author an article in SCUP’s online professional journal, Planning for Higher Education.
“Planning in the field of higher education is not an easy task,” said Dr. Irene Kovala, GCC president. “The system is complex, rapidly evolving and has multiple stakeholders with diverse needs.”
To ensure broad input, thirty-some representatives from all over GCC worked collaboratively to produce the plan. Dr. Alka Singh, dean of Strategy, Planning and Accountability, led the charge. “Receiving the SCUP award is a wonderful recognition of the teamwork and commitment that went into our planning process,” said Singh.
“The central focus of everything we do here at GCC is being mindful of how we use our resources, so that we give our students what they need,” said Dr. Kovala.
About Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College offers transfer-ready academic courses and job-specific occupational training to approximately 32,000 students annually. The main campus is located at 6000 W. Olive Avenue in Glendale and the North campus is located at 5727 W. Happy Valley Road. Opened in 1965, GCC is one of ten colleges and two skill centers in the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation.
SCUP provides resources on best planning practices for senior higher education administrators with a focus on the integration of academic and strategic planning, institutional direction and effectiveness, accreditation, financial and facilities planning, resource and budget planning, risk management, student learning, sustainability, and technology planning. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, the society will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its next annual, international conference (SCUP-50) July 11-15, 2015, in Chicago, IL.