Barton planning at Barton County Community College is an ongoing effort to anticipate, predict and align future activities and provide a framework to advance the College’s vision, mission and goals. It must be clear to the entire organization where we are going, why we are going there, and how we will get there.


The College's new Planning Model is in place click on the Strategic Planning Documents link of the left to review.



Beginning in the Fall of 2014 the College Administration began discussions about how to make Strategic Planning more of a regular part of the normal college activities.


1) A redesigned, streamlined planning model for Barton Community College that defines a data-informed, strategic approach to creating focus and purpose across the college, aligning long-range plans to the critical daily work of teaching and learning, managing limited resources  and making decisions every day that move the college toward achieving its mission, purpose and strategic goals.

2) A planning guide that describes the scope and purpose of the strategic planning model, the function of its parts and their interrelationships, and the steps to be taken for the model’s implementation.

3) An engagement with Barton faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and other stakeholders as defined by the institution that leads to the creation of the college’s plan for 2016-2021 using the new model. This engagement will entail several face-to-face meetings as detailed below.


This Strategic Planning approach is a departure from previous Barton planning processes.  Prior Strategic Plans produced lists of projects that arguably had little relevance to the daily work at our institution and burdened already overworked faculty and staff with additional responsibilities


As we move deeper into the 21st Century, however, planning must be understood in a fundamentally new light – because in this new century the role of the community college and of community college leadership has changed dramatically. Presidents and top-level administrators have to be adaptable, willing to shape their institutions in new ways and make decisions quickly using the best available data. Planning at a community college is now a vital tool leaders employ in strategic ways to ensure their institutions’ ongoing sustainability, fiscal viability – even survival.


Barton Community College

245 NE 30 Road

Great Bend, KS 67530

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