STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES

In order to meet the challenges of these threats and take advantage of the opportunities, Morton College must leverage its strengths and address its weaknesses, some of which include:


Strengths

  • New and updated facilities
  • Tuition among lowest for community college options in Cook and surrounding counties
  • Dual Enrollment/Credit partnerships with Morton East and Morton West high schools
  • Partnerships with Chicago Area Consolidation Hub & UPS
  • Growing program offerings for regional workforce demand
  • Dedicated, well-qualilifed teaching faculty
  • Strong Institutional Research staff committed to data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement
  • Improvements in technology infrastructure

Weaknesses

  • Discontinuation in Achieving the Dream Initiative
  • Most students enter college without career or academic goals or plans
  • Timely implementation of ideas, bringing good concepts to scale
  • Staff turnover negatively impacts the College’s ability to successfully implement new initiatives
  • Institutional planning, outcomes measurement, and accountability (per HLC standards)
  • Infrastructure (technology, support systems, personnel), not yet fully in place for robust expansion of online learning
  • Not yet fully leveraging capabilities of current technology
  • Not fully leveraging use of data in decision-making at all levels