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Oglala Lakota College Strategic Plan 2012-2017
Goal 1: Oglala Lakota College will produce graduates who demonstrate excellence in their chosen areas of study and fields
OLC students will enter college with the skills and knowledge to pursue college level studies.
- Strategy A1: Work with K-12 school administration, counselors, and students to align standards to prepare exiting students
for OLC's academic placement requirements.
- Strategy A2: Assess students in the areas of reading, writing and math upon application to the college for placement into
appropriate foundation or college-level courses.
- Strategy A3: Have students demonstrate adequate proficiency before matriculating to college-level courses.
- Strategy A4: Evaluate the feasibility of OLC?s placement instrument.
Integrate adult basic education and foundational skills instruction.
- Strategy B1: Assess the effectiveness of the alignment of adult basic education, foundation courses, and tutoring
activities into one department.
- Strategy B2: Develop a process to strengthen and document regular contact with high school counselors to identify
candidates for freshman entry level, GED, and ABE.
OLC students will demonstrate college level skills and knowledge before beginning advanced
bachelor's level study.
- Strategy C1: Assess OLC students for general education achievement after core curriculum has been completed.
- Strategy C2: Assess the effectiveness of core completion.
OLC students will perform academically on par with regional and national student populations in
their chosen degree area.
- Strategy D1: Establish expected learning outcomes and the means to assess these outcomes for all OLC graduates (academic
- Strategy D2: Set goals for comparison to relevant regional and national student populations.
Goal IA: Foster wolakolkiciyapi by promoting the acquisition and use of the Lakota language within the College and the
communities it serves.
Develop Lakota language immersion for Head Start.
- Strategy A1: Focus on language immersion for Head Start Centers.
- Strategy A2: Integrate, model and deliver Lakota Language by 2015 in Head Start Centers.
Increase enrollment and grade levels of Lakota First School.
Pursue development of instructional materials with Rosetta Stone, endangered language program.
- Strategy C1: Make application to endangered language program.
Promote language use among OLC faculty and staff.
- Strategy D1: Assess the faculty evaluation process for Lakota language proficiency as applied to all faculty and
- Strategy D2: Develop orientation training opportunities for all to learn, implement and teach/model the Lakota language and
- Strategy D3: Research and develop mentorship program to linking Lakota speakers with non speakers as part of the faculty
and staff orientation process.
- Strategy D4: Develop appropriate language proficiency levels for faculty and staff.
Goal III: OLC will provide learning experiences that foster student preparedness, academic success, and involvement in the
life of the college.
To design and implement programs and actions that ensure effective advising and placement into
courses and programs appropriate to ability and readiness.
- Strategy A1: Evaluate, standardize, and monitor the Jenzabar faculty and staff development program.
- Strategy A2: Review and refine the current advising program.
- Strategy A3: Improve administrative software applications to ensure effective registration practices.
To broaden the array of graduate programs that meet the needs of current and future students and
respond to the needs of the marketplace.
- Strategy B1: Complete a market study for the graduate program to determine current and future labor needs in the
- Strategy B2: Complete needs assessment to determine student interest in alternative graduate programs.
- Strategy B3: Assess the availability of graduate faculty to teach in targeted graduate programs.
- Strategy B4: Determine base funding needs, capital budget needs, and revenue sources for targeted graduate programs.
- Strategy B5: Seek approval from the HLC to increase the graduate course credit offerings from 30 to 60 non program
To broaden the opportunity for students to be involved in college life.
- Strategy C1: Form academic learning communities to assist and support entering students.
- Strategy C2: Provide the support that enables students to make normal progress toward a Bachelor's degree and participate
in college activities.
- Strategy C3: Determine the feasibility of providing childcare for students during classes
- Strategy C4: Evaluate academic support services to identify ways to align existing services to better meet the needs of
- Strategy C5: Expand intercollegiate speech and drama activities.
- Strategy C6: Plan and present cultural and intellectual events of interest to the local community, faculty, students, and
Goal IV: Enhance the academic quality of the College by emphasizing teaching and applied research.
Expand faculty professional development efforts through opportunities for staff education.
- Strategy A1: Provide opportunities for faculty to enhance pedagogical methods and better integrate technology in the
- Strategy A2: Acquire and fund faculty development grants to support faculty research.
- Strategy A3: Develop a research review process, focusing on reviewing and approving faculty proposals to support research
- Strategy A4: Assess the progress and effectiveness of the faculty evaluation process.
- Strategy A5: Provide professional development training opportunities for faculty regarding Institutional Review Board(s)
and Institutional Animal Control Use Committee (s) research requirements and protocols.
Foster faculty-student research opportunities that respond to the needs of the community.
- Strategy B1: Encourage field-based research projects involving students and faculty.
- Strategy B2: Train faculty in the methodology of applied research by developing an online orientation course.
Support and maintain only those programs that meet the College's standards of excellence and for
which internal, external and emerging markets exist.
- Strategy C1: Evaluate and strengthen the program review process.
- Strategy C2: Develop new academic programs involving faculty and student based community research with profit and
nonprofit, government, tribal, and local entities.
Goal V: Enhance institutional resources to achieve financial strength consistent with the mission of OLC.
Increase capacity to attract government funding and foundation support.
- Strategy A1: Have college grant writing consultant present at a workshop on how to find funding that is available to
support the Mission and Purpose of OLC and to present the framework for writing grant application.
- Strategy A2: Develop a more attractive and useful web page to attract foundation and donors to look to OLC as a great
organization to give financial support.
Increase endowment for faculty salaries and student scholarships.
- Strategy B1: Raise the total endowment by 2018 by $16,000,000 through Phase 5: Rebuilding the Lakota Nation through
Goal VI: OLC will develop facilities and service delivery system to meet the academic and support needs of students and
Continue developing faculty/staff housing.
- Strategy A1: Monitor the faculty/staff housing and build an on-slab handicap accessible four-plex if demand for
additional housing warrants it. Consider a two bedroom duplex as a fifth building if need continues.
Update facilities plan.
- Strategy B1: Include in the facilities plan new facilities currently under construction and planned over the next five
years with planned funding.
- Strategy B2: Add additional classroom and a kitchen for the Lakota First School.
- Strategy B3: Study the need for classroom/lab area for construction class.
- Strategy B4: Include in the facilities plan a timeline for keeping the facilities in good working order such as when
parking lots need resurfacing and roofs replacing with planned funding.
- Strategy B5: Add to the facilities plan maintenance items that are to be included in the yearly budgets.
Update technology plan.
- Strategy C1: Include in the technology plan new technologies to be reviewed and potentially added the current technology at
- Strategy C2: Include in the technology plan routine update that are to be included in the yearly budgets.
Expand student access to transportation.
- Strategy D1: Conduct needs assessment and feasibility study to determine the percent of OLC students ability/inability to
find transportation to classes.
- Strategy D2: Work with OST public transportation and course scheduling to determine if an evening route one or two days a
week would improve transportation for students.
Goal VII: Create and foster awareness of opportunities available at Oglala Lakota College.
Develop a Public Relations Plan
- Strategy A1: Enhance OLC's recognition and reputation in and around the region.
- Strategy A2: Develop a "tag line" that distinguishes OLC from other education institutions.
- Strategy A3: Using the tag line, develop a marketing plan to disseminate the new look of OLC through appropriate media
- Strategy A4: Identify funds to support printing, marketing and advertising expenses.
Develop a Recruitment Plan
- Strategy B1: Identify student prospects from area schools.
- Strategy B2: Identify best practices in student recruitment.
- Strategy B3: Develop a student prospects plan.
Foster and develop K-12 partnerships in and around the reservation.
- Strategy C1: Plan systematic and regular visits to high schools.
- Strategy C2: Plan and develop ongoing K-12 partnerships in and around the reservation.
Goal VIII: OLC Administration, students and faculty will be active in the community to foster positive development and
Maintain a well-managed Head Start program on the Pine Ridge Reservation (ongoing).
- Strategy A1: Maintain collaboration between Head Start and the OLC Early Childhood degree program to develop professional
- Strategy A2: Recruit and support parent involvement in Head Start activities (ongoing).
Develop a well-defined policy and strategy for offering continuing credits.
- Strategy B1: Review and revise policy 78-200 on Continuing Education Units.
- Strategy B2: Develop procedures that complement the revised Continuing Education Units Policy.
Conduct a community needs assessment.
- Strategy C1: Conduct a needs analysis of appropriate curriculum for existing potential employment opportunities.
- Strategy C2: Identify professional development needs in OLC's service area.
Document and PDF versions of the Strategic Plan