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LaGuardia Community College recognizes the critical importance of strategic planning in guiding our institution towards sustained excellence and relevance in the ever-evolving landscape of higher education. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce the launch of the strategic planning process for creating our next Five-Year Strategic Plan. Our new Strategic Plan will ensure that we fulfill institutional obligations under CUNY Lifting NY, MSCHE Accreditation, and Project Camino, as we pursue goals and strategies that enable a greater percentage of LaGuardia students to achieve successful outcomes.

This plan is meant to guide the College on a clear path towards achieving goals and objectives to both meet and exceed our institutional performance targets and work towards achieving our vision to become one of the best community colleges in the country. This process is vital as it informs the determination of which goals should stay the same and which should be adjusted to better meet existing realities; the identification of substantive and process issues that need to be addressed; the priority of the order in which they should be addressed; and who should own them and what they will need to be successful.

Strategic Planning Forum

Charting Student Success: A Journey Through LaGuardia’s Past, Present & Future

LaGuardia students, faculty and staff gathered for the Strategic Plan Forum in the Little Theater and Zoom on May 3. The forum featured remarks and presentations from President Kenneth Adams; Dr. Nava Lerer, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness; and Kimberly Wright, Strategic Plan Consultant. The forum also included a keynote address from Dr. Dara N. Byrne, Dean of William E. Macaulay Honors College, who spoke about the use of Artificial intelligence (AI) in Education. During the forum a student panel, which was moderated by Professor Ellen Quish, focused on the student experience at LaGuardia. Students shared their views and needs to be successful at the college. After the forum, all members of the college community were invited to participate in the Pillars of Success Workshops which offered opportunities for LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff to engage and focus on priority areas of the college including: Teaching & Learning; Student Support; Career Success; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI); Facilities & Resources; Student Experience; Culture & Climate; and Community Engagement.

Dara N. Byrne Profile ImageDr. Dara N. Byrne serves as the fourth dean of William E. Macaulay Honors College, one of the 25 colleges in The City University of New York system. Dean Byrne has two decades of experience as a professor, researcher, and higher education leader with expertise in developing innovative and enterprising student success programs. Prior to Macaulay, she served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Retention and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at John Jay College (CUNY) from 2016-2022. As Associate Provost and Dean, she developed several student-focused initiatives that are credited with raising the college’s graduation rate by 16% in five years. Dr. Byrne holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Intercultural Communication from Howard University in Washington, DC; two Masters degrees – one in Emergency Management from John Jay and the other in English Language & Literature from Carleton University – and also earned her BA in sociology and English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. 

Pillars of Success

Teaching & Learning: This pillar focuses on providing high-quality instruction that engages students, promotes critical thinking, and fosters a love for learning. It encompasses effective teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and assessment practices aimed at student success. Join us in envisioning innovative teaching methods and curriculum enhancements to empower our students’ learning journey.

To join this pillar, contact Eric Hofmann.

Student Support: Student experience encompasses all aspects of students’ interactions with the college both inside and outside the classroom.  This includes interactions with faculty and student services offices, orientation, extracurricular activities and opportunities aimed at enhancing students’ overall college experience and sense of belonging. Join us in brainstorming ways to enrich the student experience through exciting extracurricular activities, engaging events, and meaningful campus interactions.

To join this pillar, contact Rhonda Mouton.

Career Success: This pillar is dedicated to preparing students for successful careers by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and experiences needed to excel in their chosen fields. It involves career counseling, job placement assistance, internships, and partnerships with employers to facilitate smooth transitions from education to employment. Explore with us how we can strengthen partnerships with local industries and develop new pathways to ensure our students are prepared for successful careers.

To join this pillar, contact Jason Hendrickson & Carolyn Nobles.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): DEI initiatives promote a welcoming and inclusive environment where all students, regardless of background, feel valued, respected, and supported. This involves addressing systemic barriers to success, promoting diversity in curriculum and hiring practices, and fostering cultural competence among students and staff. Engage in discussions on fostering a more inclusive campus environment and implementing strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of college life.

To join this pillar, contact Milena Cuellar.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): DEI initiatives promote a welcoming and inclusive environment where all students, regardless of background, feel valued, respected, and supported. This involves addressing systemic barriers to success, promoting diversity in curriculum and hiring practices, and fostering cultural competence among students and staff. Engage in discussions on fostering a more inclusive campus environment and implementing strategies to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of college life.

To join this pillar, contact Milena Cuellar.

Facilities & Resources: This pillar focuses on providing students with access to state-of-the-art facilities, technology, and resources necessary for their academic and personal growth. It includes maintaining safe and conducive learning environments, modernizing infrastructure, and investing in technology and equipment. Help shape the future of our campus infrastructure by sharing your ideas for enhancing facilities and resources to support student success.

To join this pillar, contact Laura Bartovics & Anthony Garafola.

Student Experience: Student experience encompasses all aspects of students’ interactions with the college outside of the classroom. This includes extracurricular activities, student organizations, campus events, and recreational opportunities aimed at enhancing students’ overall college experience and sense of belonging. Join us in brainstorming ways to enrich the student experience through exciting extracurricular activities, engaging events, and meaningful campus interactions.

To join this pillar, contact Joshua Goldblatt & Bukurie Gjoci.

Culture & Climate: Culture and climate refer to the values, norms, and overall atmosphere of the college community. This pillar emphasizes fostering a positive and inclusive culture where mutual respect, integrity, and civility are upheld. It involves promoting a sense of belonging, celebrating diversity, and addressing issues of equity and social justice. Let’s come together to cultivate a positive and inclusive campus culture where every member feels valued, respected, and empowered to thrive.

To join this pillar, contact Jose Plasencia.

Community Engagement: Community engagement involves actively collaborating with external stakeholders, including local businesses, organizations, and community members, to enrich the educational experience and address community needs. This includes service-learning initiatives, volunteer opportunities, and partnerships aimed at enhancing the college’s impact on the broader community. Collaborate with us to explore opportunities for deeper engagement with our local community, leveraging our resources to address shared challenges and foster mutual growth.

To join this pillar, contact Gina Taraskewich.

Community Engagement: Community engagement involves actively collaborating with external stakeholders, including local businesses, organizations, and community members, to enrich the educational experience and address community needs. This includes service-learning initiatives, volunteer opportunities, and partnerships aimed at enhancing the college’s impact on the broader community. Collaborate with us to explore opportunities for deeper engagement with our local community, leveraging our resources to address shared challenges and foster mutual growth.

To join this pillar, contact Gina Taraskewich.

Planning Phases

  • Phase One (March- April 2024): Organizing the Process and Analyzing the Environment
  • Phase Two (April- May 2024): Identifying and Analyzing Issues
  • Phase Three (June 2024): Developing Strategic Plan and Action Plans
  • Phase Four: Implementing Strategic Plan

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Strategic Planning Committee

Name, PositionDepartmentDivision
Abdul Hashim, DirectorOffice of the RegistrarAcademic Affairs
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