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Board of Trustees discusses new vision statement and strategic goals

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Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees meet at the Board Library in the Main Building on June 4, 2018. (Tatiana Diaz/The Collegiate)

Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees met Monday in the Board Library in the Main Building to discuss the 2018-19 proposed budget, an update to the GRCC’s vision and values statement and other action items.

The Board of Trustees first heard from Lisa Freiburger, vice president of financial services, during the Budget Work Session. Freiburger presented the board with the 2018-19 millage levy resolution as well as review and vote on the 2018-19 proposed budget.

“This is our annual millage levy resolution,” Freiburger said. “It allows us to levy our full operating millage to the extent that it is allowable as we’ve had another hefty reduction this year, so you’ll see a change from what we levied last year. This resolution allows us to then levy the full amount which is now 1.7716 mills down from our original voted 1.9 mills.”

The operating millage is the amount of property taxes that is used to calculate local property taxes. The millage authorizes GRCC to charge the millage rate on the taxable value of the district.

The board approved the millage levy resolution as presented by Freiburger as well as the 2018-2019 proposed budget that was presented during the Board of Trustees meeting on May 7.

Following the Budget Work Session, GRCC President Bill Pink discussed changes to GRCC’s vision and values statements and presented the board with the final draft of the “2018-2021 New Strategic Goals (Ends) & Indicators of Success.” The new strategic goals and indicators of success covered teaching and learning, completion and transfer, equity, community impact and infrastructure and sustainability.

The proposed vision statement update reads:

“GRCC provides relevant educational opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the

community and inspires students to meet economic, social and environmental challenges to become active participants in shaping the world of the future.”

GRCC’s current vision statement reads:

“As a college of distinction, GRCC inspires students to meet the needs of the community and the world.”

The board approved both the vision statement and strategic goals for the term 2018-2021.

“You will recall back in the fall of last year we launched on opening day, we shared these five strategic goals to the campus,” President Pink said. “And to the great work of our strategic leadership team that have taken those five goals, and as I requested at that time to put some meat on the bones. And say from an institutional standpoint, and not just institutional understanding that this work came from the result of strategic leadership team also pulling some of our outside stakeholders in the campus to have these conversations and this work group to where what you have in front of you is the final version of that.”

The proposed changes were approved by the board and will be in effect until 2021. To request a copy of the approved changes to the vision statement and strategic goals, meeting agendas and minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting contact the Office of the Board of Trustees at (617) 234-3910.

Lastly, the board approved several purchases over $100,000 relating to construction on campus.

The Board of Trustees will change their meeting schedule beginning in the fall cutting their meetings from 11 to seven in a semester. The board will meet again on August 20 at 4:15 p.m. in the Board Library in the Main Building.

To view the latest Board of Trustees meeting, click here.

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