Strategic Plan

At North Island College, student success is at the centre of all we do. College Plan 2020 lays out a five-year plan to guide our operations and development through the year 2020.

More than 500 stakeholders and community members contributed to the creation of this plan, which serves the educational hopes and dreams of NIC students. We are grateful for their time, passion and insight.

Student experiences and success are at the centre of all we do, and this plan places those as our number one priority. Every college employee, from faculty to IT to facilities, plays a role in student success and ensuring students have a positive experience at NIC.
John Bowman
NIC President

Read the details of NIC’s strategic plan below or download Plan 2020.

Strategic Priorities

College Plan 2020 has nine strategic priorities, with a central focus on student experiences and success.

  • Develop definitions of student success that reflect student perspectives for use in planning and decision-making
  • Create and implement new approaches to increase informal learning and campus life.
  • Enable more students to participate in workplace-based and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Facilitate and support student leadership and connections at the program, campus, college and community levels.
  • Enable students to develop intercultural fluency and competencies.
“Student success is different for each of us; it encompasses elements of workplace readiness, academic success, personal growth and increased social agency. This strategic priority is echoed throughout the plan, reinforcing how student experiences and success are central to NIC’s vision.”
Jessica Sandy
College Plan Committee member
Executive Director, North Island Students’ Union
  • Develop and implement the Multi-Year Program Planning (MYPP) process.
  • Enhance program partnerships and pathways with other post-secondary education institutions provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Increase the number and broaden the range of dual credit programs provided in partnership with secondary schools.
“A strong curriculum, developed in consultation with NIC’s educational partners, provides our students opportunities for success. It strengthens student outcomes, builds competencies in our communities and supports local economies.”
Lisa Domae
College Plan Committee member
NIC Vice President, Learning and Students
  • Ensure all program admission requirements and processes support access and student success.
  • Strengthen and diversify in-community program delivery.
  • Increase integration and support for use of appropriate educational technology in the teaching and learning process (e.g. ITV, online).
“North Island College students and our regional needs are so diverse; removing barriers to access and strengthening our in-community programming holds tremendous potential for the future.”
Sarah Deagle
College Plan Committee member
Assistant Registrar, NIC Student Services
  • Develop and implement an Aboriginal Education Policy and action plans in alignment with the BC Aboriginal Education and Training Policy and the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Indigenous Education Protocol commitments.
  • Communicate that Indigenous education is a priority.
  • Ensure governance structures that recognize and respect Indigenous peoples.
  • Implement intellectual and cultural traditions of Indigenous peoples throughout curriculum and learning.
  • Increase the number of Indigenous employees.
  • Support students and employees to increase understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
  • Enhance Indigenous-centred services, learning environments, student and community spaces and learner success.
  • Build relationships with and be accountable to Indigenous communities.
“These priorities identify important approaches required to address the learning needs of Aboriginal students and affirm our commitment to best serve our communities. They directly align with the CICan Indigenous Education Protocol, signed by NIC and our First Nations partners in the region.”
Kelly Shopland
College Plan Committee member
Interim Manager, NIC Aboriginal Education
  • Achieve sustainable growth in international student enrolment.
  • Build capacity in the College and communities, to meet the needs of international students.
  • Internationalize the teaching and learning process, curriculum and programs.
  • Develop and support internationalization at home and education abroad opportunities for students.
  • Develop and implement international contract training, projects and applied research.
“The evolution of International Education at NIC has created a diverse learning environment consistent with the global economy. Our students expand their views with peers from around the world, while preparing for local and global careers.”
Bill Parkinson
College Plan Committee member
NIC School of Business Instructor and Department Chair
  • Facilitate shared leadership, dialogue, team learning and involvement across the College.
  • Foster an open organizational culture that supports and celebrates diversity and learning.
  • Enhance support for faculty, staff and administrative professional development.
  • Encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Review and implement employee succession planning strategies.
  • Develop and implement initiatives to enhance college, department and team effectiveness.
“This plan nurtures our employees’ capabilities, provides opportunities for their development and growth and builds on our shared responsibilities. It allows the entire college community to be successful together.”
Alex Borthwick
College Plan Committee member
Assistant Director, NIC Human Resources
  • Create and implement a multi-year, comprehensive Resource Development Strategy.
  • Develop and implement plans for a capital fundraising campaign with the NIC Foundation.
  • Increase business partnerships, entrepreneurial development and involvement in social innovation.
  • Develop and communicate a 10-year Investment Plan to address long-term infrastructure and other resource needs.
“Our internal and external environments determine our priorities and ensure our goals are well researched and achievable over the next five years.”
Wes Skulmoski
Manager, NIC Institutional Research & Planning
  • Increase connections with school districts, secondary schools, teachers, students and parents.
  • Strengthen relationships with business, industry and other organizations in support of student learning and applied research.
  • Collaborate with Island Health to optimize the benefits accruing from the North Island Hospitals.
  • Increase collaboration with ElderCollege to achieve shared goals.
  • Facilitate and support development and operation of Regional Learning Councils (Alberni Valley, Mount Waddington, the West Coast and Campbell River).
  • Increase organizational capacity for applied research.
  • Participate in community as an active steward of the unique natural environment in which we reside.
“As a community college it is our responsibility to provide information and resources in a way that benefits students and the community, personally and respectfully. We need to inspire growth, support imagination and encourage enthusiasm.”
Jack Campbell
College Plan Committee member
Facilities Operations, Level 2
  • Review and refresh the NIC identity and brand.
  • Develop and implement a multi-year college-wide marketing and communication plan.
  • Promote and celebrate the work and expertise of NIC faculty, staff and administrators internally and within the community.
“North Island College isn’t just a place you come to. It’s a place where you become a future nurse, an artist, an apprentice, a cook, a critical thinker, a caring citizen and so much more. It is part of our identity and it’s important to celebrate and share our stories.”
Kathie Bell
College Plan Committee member
Department Chair Support & Administration Support,
Office of the Vice President, Learning & Students