The Goals and Directions attempt to paint, in broad brush strokes, a picture of what Southwestern College aspires to become in ten years. Of course, change is constant, inevitable, and frequently unpredictable. Therefore, every three years the goals are reviewed and updated by the presidential-appointed Task Force on the Future of Southwestern College. These goals then are reviewed by the Board of Trustees, further refined based upon board input, and acted upon.
The directions and steps are designed to focus and prioritize the college’s efforts to obtain its goals. They are revised each year under the guidance of the Planning Council. Analysis of the college’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), which contains input from a broad range of stakeholders, is obtained every three years. The Planning Council updates the directions and presents changes to the Board of Trustees, first for its review and, after further refinement based on board input, for action.