MC Strategic Planning

Strategic Goal #1 Updates

Strategic Goal #1: Make Student SUCCESS the Core Work of Morton College

Objective 1 - Develop a comprehensive “first-year experience” for students


A numbers of programs and activities have been implemented towards helping students succeed in their first year of college that compose Morton College comprehensive “First-Year Experience,” including:

New Student Orientation: Mandatory for all recent high school graduates, degree seeking

Advising: All first year students are assigned an academic advisor based on their last name and program of study

New workshops offered throughout the academic year for first year students:

  • Advising 101 – Learn the panther portal and the importance of meeting with your academic advisor and academic planning. Planned visits to College Study Seminar courses.

  • MC 101: Roundtable Discussion- Open discussion with students and advisors.

  • Time Management: Learn the 20 Top Time Wasters and how to avoid them. Begin prioritizing responsibilities and activities. Make a long-range plan and short-range goals.

  • Scholarship 101: How to find scholarships.

  • Test Anxiety: Learn ways to reduce test anxiety before finals week.

See 2019 Student Services Strategic Plan Update report

See the 2019 Dual Credit-Dual Enrollment Update report

Objective 2 - Create an innovative learning commons and Student Success Center with tutoring services and collaborative study rooms


New carpet and permanent signage have been placed in the student study areas.

Funding identified to improve sound issues with new study rooms.

Objective 3 - Increase Fall-to-Fall retention and graduation rates by 3% over academic year 16-17 and increase the graduation rate to 28% by AY 2021


Nursing exam pass rates rose to 90% in 2018, from 78% in 2014, by implementing the CARE (Compassionate, All-Inclusive, Retention, Effort) Program. This is the highest the pass rate has been in 5 years.

Partnership with Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative (ILEA). MC joined ILEA along with 25 other institutions with the goal of eliminating racial and socioeconomic achievement by 2025 and aggressively increasing completion rate on campus.

See 2013-2017 Retention Rates Comparison

See 2019 Nursing Retention Rates report

Objective 4 - Increase the number of students participating in New Student orientation by 5% over academic year 15-16


Refer to attached doc on New Student Orientation.


Over the last three years 2017-2019, participation in NSO has increased by 50%, from 508 participants in 2017 to 767 participants in 2019.

OBJECTIVE 5 - Fully implement and refine the academic advising caseload model


Implemented case-load advisor model (First Year, Transfer, and Healthcare/Career) and increased the number of advisors

Objective 6 - Develop protocols and guidelines for provision of services provided by the new social/emotional counselor position

Objective 7 - Improve success of students requiring remedial coursework; reduce number of students requiring remedial courses


English 080, 082, and 084 have been combined in a unified ENG 084 class with lower caps to provide students with additional support and move them through developmental education at a faster pace.

The Math Department is piloting a corequisite policy (Math 096 is paired with Math 102; Math 097 is paired with Math 105) to help developmental math students move more quickly into credit classes. See College Ready Math plan here.


See attached presentation on Developmental Education.

Objective 8 - Improve success rates of completers and transfer students through better communication and use of data


See updated presentation on C.A.R.E. implementation for Nursing program.


Developed a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan to increase student enrollment and retention.

See attached presentation on success and growth of Nursing program.

Objective 9 - Continue to improve academic advising to increase awareness of paths to completion for students


This has been amended to hire an additional full-time advisor in financial aid with a focus on outreach with financial aid workshops in the community.

Objective 10 - Increase and improve tutoring services available to students


Began embedded tutoring in Chemistry, Math, and English classes. Including the use of embedded tutors, the use of tutoring has increased by 20%.(This does not count the tutoring in the Nursing department for F19, which would have made the increase substantially higher.)

Objective 11 - Create better opportunities for success to our adult and working students


Targeted efforts to raise the number of Adult Education students tested, particularly those who left the program, have increased level gain rates from 28% to 41% during Summer 2019.

Additional efforts have begun with the goal of increasing retention of Adult Education students


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