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As open access institutions, the mission of the Wisconsin technical colleges is to enhance the lives of all residents of the state. To achieve this, the system has adopted the following 12 strategies: (1) revise the missions and purposes of the 16 system colleges to ensure that they provide services to all residents; (2) focus on education and the value of the education and training to the state and its residents; (3) ensure that the colleges meet accreditation requirements of the North Central Association for equity, access, and diversity; (4) keep fees and tuition affordable; (5) identify the purpose of basic skills and indicators that can be used to determine the degree to which those purposes are being achieved; (6) use local college funds to support programs that enhance diversity; (7) market the colleges' transfer program to enhance the system's position and recruitment efforts; (8) highlight the relationship between education and higher incomes, lower unemployment rates, and increased tax revenues to the state; (9) strengthen partnerships with high schools to capture a greater share of high school graduates; (10) value the differences of each college in the system and their uniqueness in Wisconsin's system of postsecondary education; (11) recognize the academic achievements of individual student groups and help groups that fall behind; and (12) continue to encourage diversity. The system's mission and purpose statements; data on the characteristics of 1995-96 graduates, transfers to and from the University of Wisconsin, and System students by college; and a map of districts and colleges are attached. (HAA)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Accreditation (Institutions), College Planning, Diversity (Institutional), Educational Strategies, Institutional Mission, Organizational Objectives, Recruitment, School Effectiveness, Statewide Planning, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges

Autor: Rivera, Manual G.


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