Strategic Plan


South Puget Sound Community College’s Mission is to support student success in postsecondary academic transfer and workforce education that responds to the needs of the South Sound region.


South Puget Sound Community College supports student success and builds prosperity by collaborating with leaders in industry, education, and our community to offer innovative, accessible, and affordable learning experiences.  We employ devoted people who mirror the diversity of our community and contribute to an inclusive, welcoming environment.  By investing in the creativity of our staff and faculty, we construct clear and compelling pathways that lead our students to successful outcomes on their educational journeys.  We are fiscally strong and our mindful use of technology embedded in purposeful instruction helps students persist and achieve their academic goals.  Our graduating class reflects the community we serve, and our students successfully transition from higher learning into the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. 

Core Theme 1: Expand Student Retention and Completion

We are committed to increasing student achievement by constructing clear degree and certificate pathways supported by measurable outcomes.

Strategic Objective

Indicators of Achievement

1.A: Increase student retention

1.A.1: Fall to fall retention

1.A.2: Student Achievement Indicator (SAI): retention point

1.A.3: SAI: Points per student


1.B: Support student completion

1.B.1: 3-year graduation and transfer-out rate

1.B.2: SAI: 45 point to completion point transition


1.C: Engage students

1.C.1: SAI: Total points

1.C.2: Support for Learners, Student Effort

1.C.3: Number of student visits to tutoring center


Core Theme 2: Inspire Teaching and Learning Excellence

Our faculty are inspired to continually grow as teachers and to lead instructional change that increases student engagement, achievement, and completion. Our students acquire the educational and professional skills they need to thrive in the world beyond the classroom.

Strategic Objective

Indicators of Achievement

2.A: Support faculty growth

2.A.1: Number of dollars budgeted for exceptional faculty endowment

2.A.2: Number and percent of faculty participating in professional development funding opportunities


2.B: Increase Learning

2.B.1: CCSSE: College wide abilities

2.B.2: CCSSE: Active and Collaborative Learning, Academic Challenge, and Student-Faculty Interaction

2.B.C: Faculty participation in professional development at the teaching and learning center


Core Theme 3: Advance Equity and Embrace Diversity

We embrace the diversity of our changing community and strive to reflect that diversity in our staff, faculty and student body. We cultivate an inclusive environment on campus while ensuring respect for all.

Strategic Objective

Indicators of Achievement

3.A: Reflect our community diversity

3.A.1: Graduates/completers mirror community demographics

3.A.2: SAI: Completion Point as a percent of total points for disaggregated populations

3.A.3: SAI: PPS disaggregated by populations


3.B: Cultivate an inclusive environment

3.B.1: Successful course completion rates for disaggregated populations

3.B.2: Diversity of faculty and staff


Core Theme 4: Champion Innovation

We promote a culture of creativity among staff and faculty by encouraging innovation leading to student success. Teamwork and collaboration across disciplines and work areas are essential aspects of the innovation we seek.

Strategic Objective

Indicators of Achievement

4.A: Establish culture of creativity

4.A.1: Number of innovative/best practices funded in operational planning cycle


4.B: Reward innovation

4.B.1: Number of awards recognizing innovation for faculty and staff

4.B.2: Amount of investment for innovation awards


Core Theme 5: Build Community

We engage our community of students and stakeholders by enhancing campus culture, increasing access to college services, and growing economic development.

Strategic Objective

Indicators of Achievement

5.A: Deepen engagement

5.A.1: Increased participation in operational planning

5.A.2: Institutional Grants, Scholarships, and Other Aid supporting students

5.A.3: Number of college sponsored events within the community


5.B: Foster economic development

5.B.1: Existing businesses served: Lacey and SBDC

5.B.2: New businesses developed: Entrepreneurial Center

5.B.3: SPSCC Completer employment rates and median wage