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North Island College Vision, Mission, Values, Strategic Priorities and Goals


North Island College’s vision is to be a premier community and destination college, in a spectacular west-coast environment, that inspires and prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world.


North Island College is committed to meeting the education and training needs of adults within our service region by providing high quality, affordable higher education and skills training, collaborating with our partners to create pathways to learning, and empowering individuals to achieve their full potential.


Student success, access to learning and services, accountability, quality, relevance and responsiveness, a positive organizational culture, and social and environmental responsibility frame our commitment to our students and communities.


North Island College’s strategic priorities and goals were created after extensive consultation with more than 500 employees and community members across the region. The consultations confirmed student experiences and success will remain our central focus over the next five years. The nine strategic priorities are:

  • Student experiences and success
  • High-quality, relevant, responsive curriculum and programs
  • Access to learning and services across the region
  • Aboriginal education and Indigenization
  • International education and internationalization
  • People, organization, culture
  • Resources, investment, sustainability
  • Active connections to community
  • College identity and brand

Strategic Priority #1:

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.

Strategic Priority #2:

High Quality, Relevant, Responsive Curriculum and Programs

  • 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.

Strategic Priority #3:

Access to Learning and Services Across the Region

  • 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).

Strategic Priority #4:

Aboriginal Education and Indigenization

  • 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.

Strategic Priority #5:

International Education and Internationalization

  • 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.

Strategic Priority #6:

People, Organization, Culture

  • 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.

Strategic Priority #7:

Resources, Investment, Sustainability

  • 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.

Strategic Priority #8:

Active Connections to Community

  • 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.

Strategic Priority #9:

College Identity and Brand

  • 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.
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