Linn-Benton Community College
Annual Progress Report
Strategic Objectives for 2017-2018
“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Maybe it’s because this year is our 50th Anniversary, maybe it’s because we are at the penultimate moment for the full implementation of Guided Pathways, maybe it’s because of our now fully developed Budget Projection and Planning model and our LBCC Strategic Plan, or maybe it’s because of what we as the people who make up LBCC are coming to believe AND to be, but – and to quote Mr. Gibbs from Pirates of the Caribbean – “I feel a change in the wind, say I.” Of course, anything I share will be an overstatement, and an oversimplification of a such a change, one that most certainly did not all of the sudden happen this year but, instead, has been taking place for some time now. But, even with this disclaimer, this year stands out for me as a point in time – and a point in LBCC’s time – when the orientation of our shared work has begun to shift.
Whereas in these past few years we have focused on developing a new Mission, new Strategic Goals, new Institutional Values, a renewed Accreditation, a new comprehensive Strategic Plan, and, most recently, the gearing up for Guided Pathways, it seems me that, with this year, we have focused more on enacting the work that now benefits from such a firm foundation. Perhaps the culmination of this is reflected in the theme “Competence and Character.” Education engaged in wholly and deeply and freely enabling us to be not just smarter people, but better people. I hope that in this annual report you will see – as I do – that this year has been a real step toward our future, a real step toward ensuring that our students are able to “participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the cultural richness and economic vitality of our communities.”