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The SIMPLE Plan

Edmonds Community College’s integrated planning document has been named the SIMPLE Plan, with SIMPLE standing for: Strategic, Informed, Measurable Process Leading to Effectiveness. The plan is a systematic, cyclical, on-going, assessment of processes to ensure each area of the college is effectively meeting the needs of the students and advancing the mission of the institution. It is a self-assessment process by which college areas celebrate and document their accomplishments; formally state their annual goals and associated plans; and articulate perceived changes to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness. This is accomplished through internal reflection and scanning of the external environment.

The process is designed to assist faculty, staff, and administrators across the campus with refining college services and better supporting students. Therefore, the process leads to changes that continually improve the institution by allowing it to adjust to changing needs.

Since the SIMPLE Plan aligns department, unit, and committee goals with the college’s mission statement, core themes, and key performance indicators it provides an ongoing assessment and review of student learning and services provided for students. More specifically, the SIMPLE Plan provides college’s areas with a template of questions to guide meaningful reflection about who they are, where they want to be, and how they are going to get there. The questions are completed over the course of an academic year, and they allow faculty, staff, and committees to answer what they do; how well they do it; and what they believe needs to be changed. The products of this process provide fundamental information for college-wide decision-making and resource allocation. Therefore, the SIMPLE Plan has been designed to provide a common framework to generate information that is useful for each area of the college.

The SIMPLE Plan is not a new process. Rather, it utilizes the college’s existing annual goal setting procedures. In the past, various college areas have referred to this process by different names, such as “program review,” “department self studies,” “5-year effectiveness plan,” and “institutional effectiveness.”  The new name, SIMPLE Plan, has been used to emphasize the point that the process is simple to follow; that college areas have already been informally following this process; and that the results will be used to strengthen college areas and to inform decision making at the college.

Find out more about the SIMPLE Plan.

The College's internal SIMPLE Plan site is located here.