2018-2021 Strategic Plan


In October 2018, the UCC Board of Education approved a new strategic plan for the College. The approval came after months of collective work with input from College employees, students, and community members. To best reflect the needs and interests of various constituents, feedback was gathered through an anonymous online survey in which 112 students, 360 community members, and 104 employees responded. Additionally, four face-to-face community forums were also held throughout Douglas County. The draft plan was reviewed and revised multiple times before the final plan was presented to the Board.

The new strategic plan serves as a road map for achieving the College’s vision for the future. The plan helps fulfill the College’s mission, reflects the College’s values and core themes, and provides measurable goals for the next three years.


Umpqua Community College will be a model for educational innovation, empowering all students to contribute to an ever-changing, diverse world with confidence, competence, and compassion.


Umpqua Community College transforms lives and enriches communities.

  • Transforming Lives - Students are immersed in adventurous opportunities to explore new ideas and interact with others who have varied life experiences, cultures, careers, and ages. Whether taking one class or earning a certification or degree, enhancing career competencies or enriching personal skills, students are guided by a talented, encouraging faculty and staff. Students have a wide range of opportunities to grow and learn, from designing products with new technologies to writing for the student newspaper, conversing in a new language, competing in athletic events, volunteering to tutor young children, or hiking along the Umpqua River – and so much more. Every step, milestone, and achievement students make instill a sense of pride they will carry through life.
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  • Enriching Communities - Through education and programming, UCC enhances the quality of life of communities in which we learn, live, and work. UCC’s performing arts programs, art exhibits, guest speakers, special events, and athletic competitions are vehicles for people to communicate, learn about the world, enhance social bonds, consider significant events, and experience personal growth. The economic vitality of the area is elevated as a result of workforce training and partnerships with varied industries, businesses, and agencies. Students’ personal transformation helps our communities thrive and contributes to community transformation: college education translates to enhanced earning capacity, increased ability to be self-supporting, strengthened opportunities to maintain good health, heightened likelihood that education is valued by family, and expanded engagement in communities.
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Sense of Community

Improvement and Innovation







Goal 1

Goal 1: Improve institutional climate, culture, and efficiency.

Goal 2

Goal 2: Increase high-quality, relevant education opportunities through innovative and specialized academic programming.

Goal 3

Goal 3: Implement an enrollment management plan that supports student success from recruitment through program progression, completion of programs, and transfer or entry to the workforce.

Goal 4

Goal 4: Improve integration of the College with the community.


The following are the top six community responses to the strategic plan survey. Click on each one to see the strategic plan components that address the community's input.

1. Add or expand additional academic programs and certifications, especially in career and technical areas, as well as online offerings.

  1. Create new, well-differentiated programs within each academic division
  2. Complete the design and secure matching funds for the Industrial Technology Center
  3. Deliver programs and courses through multiple modalities (e.g., face-to-face, web enhanced, blended, online, accelerated)
  4. Create Small Business Development Center (SBDC) annual goals that address needs of small businesses
  5. Expand number of Community and Workforce Training customized training opportunities

2. Improve quality of educational offerings.

  1. Use varied, current instructional methodologies to improve student learning
  2. Use technology to improve student learning
  3. Provide faculty professional development in teaching methodologies, use of technology to enhance student learning, and various delivery modalities

3. Schedule courses in evenings, weekends, and summers to accommodate working adults.

  1. Schedule classes in day, evening, and weekend times with consideration to innovative scheduling that improves student learning

4. Control tuition and fees

  • Streamline course offerings to eliminate course duplication, reduce electives and under-enrolled classes, assure course transferability, and/or assure direct application to program outcomes
  • Complete academic program cost analysis
  • Implement initiatives to limit costs of attending college
    • Increase use of low-cost textbooks/materials and open educational resources
    • Increase student education cost savings per year through student participation in Umpqua Scholars, dual credit, expanded options, tuition waivers, UCC Foundation scholarships, SNAP, work study, and part-time employment
    • Increase support from business and industry for program materials and equipment

5. Improve advising

  1. Engage certificate and degree seeking students in developing academic career plans
  2. Implement advising/coaching model for faculty and professional advisors
  3. Provide professional development for advising/coaching for faculty and professional advisors

6. Improve connections with the community

  1. Make better use of advisory committees
    • Revise the College’s advisory committee handbook to include more details on committee membership and possible involvement of advisory committees
    • Establish advisory committees for all academic programs or program clusters
    • Increase frequency of advisory committee meetings
    • Increase diversity of advisory committee membership
    • Expand the actions/input of advisory committees
    • Create webpage on UCC website for advisory committee minutes
    • Develop new guidelines for workplace learning experiences
  2. Increase visits with local businesses and industry
  3. Increase number of business and industry visits to campus
  4. Create alumni outreach program
  5. Increase cultural and athletic events