Help Chart the Course for Atlantic Cape’s Next Strategic Plan

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend one of two Strategic Planning Data Workshops being offered on Friday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. – noon in A154. Information presented at these workshops will include: Student, Faculty and Staff Satisfaction Survey results; Student Success Indicators; Student Intervention Outcomes and more! This is an opportunity for you to give feedback, which will be considered for Atlantic Cape’s next Strategic Plan. Seating is limited, so if you are interested in attending either data workshop, please RSVP to Jennifer Martucci at or at ext. 5672.

The college has officially begun work to develop a new 5-year Strategic Plan that will take effect in July 2017, replacing the current plan set to expire in June. A Strategic Planning Team has been formed and endorsed by Dr. Mora to spearhead this effort. The committee, chaired by Dr. Richard Perniciaro, met for the first time on Oct. 8 to kick off the process. The team is charged with developing a plan that will involve input from the college community and community stakeholders to guide the present and future direction of the college. The new plan will build on strengths and lessons learned from the current plan and meet the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation principles, standards and criteria.

The Strategic Planning Team consists of the following Lead Planners:

Lead Planners

  1. Alison Blizzard – Resource Development
  2. Michael Bruckler – College Relations
  3. Cynthia Correa, WACC Student Services & Campus Management (Atlantic City Campus)
  4. Cindy DeFalco – Human Resources
  5. Tammy DeFranco, CMCC Student Services & Campus Management (Cape May County Campus)
  6. Esther Gandica – Continuing Education
  7. Lisa Givens – Student Services
  8. Kristin Jackson – Admissions & College Recruitment
  9. Jennifer Martucci – Institutional Planning and Assessment
  10. Jolie Masters – STEM Faculty
  11. Alicia McMackin – President’s Office
  12. Katherine Melo – SGA, President
  13. Luis Montefusco – Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment
  14. Jay Peterson – Liberal Arts Faculty
  15. Anita Polanco – Student Services
  16. Jennifer Rowand – Finance
  17. Patrick Sweeney – Information Technology Services
  18. Harry Whitelam – Business Services
  19. Dean Wyks – Career Education Faculty

Planning Facilitators will be Jennifer Martucci, Institutional Planning and Assessment, Bridget Temme-Soifer, Institutional Research, and Matthew Miller, Institutional Research. Michael Bruckler, College Relations, will serve as the Communication Plan Facilitator.

The timeline for the planning of the Strategic Plan is broken into three phases. The first phase will take place in the fall and is referred to as the Learn Phase. The team will do an external scan, looking at trends in the environment, community needs and challenges and opportunities for the college. They will also do an internal assessment to examine both strengths and areas of improvement for the college. This phase will involve gathering input from both internal and external stakeholders. This will include attending Superintendent’s Roundtable meetings for Atlantic and Cape May counties and Chambers of Commerce meetings, and we will host two focus groups with members of our Academic Advisory Committees who represent a broad cross-section of various business sectors. To involve our internal constituencies, we are offering the two Strategic Data Workshops mentioned above. Additional dates will be added for both Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses.

Starting in January and running through April, we will enter into the Visualize and Set Course Phase. During this stage, we will review the college’s mission and vision, as well as develop goals and objectives for the new Strategic Plan. The final phase, called the Reflection and Endorsement Phase, will take place in May and June. This will be when we share the plan college-wide for review and approval and present the new plan to the Board of Trustees for endorsement.

In the near future we will establish a website to keep everyone informed of our progress. We will also share status updates in the CommuniCator on a regular basis. We strongly encourage the entire college community to be engaged throughout the process, so that together we can chart the future course for Atlantic Cape Community College!

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