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Comprehensive Planning

The Planning Model

Edmonds College has embraced a new model for strategic planning that incorporates both operational needs and strategic innovations that will ensure the college continues to provide value to stakeholders and stays relevant in a rapidly changing higher education environment.

Comprehensive plan graphicAmbidextrous Approach

There are two sides in the Comprehensive Plan. The left side focuses on incremental improvements that are a part of every day operations. The right side puts strategic attention to innovative leaps that will move the college forward. Together these two, integrated plans make up the Comprehensive Plan.



Strong Foundation

Opportunities for Change

Seeks Efficiencies

Identifies Unmet Needs

Stable and Predictable

Futuristic and Forward Thinking

Coordinated by the Organizational Chart

Supported by the Idea Lab

Updated Each Year

Updated Continually

Incremental Improvement

Differentiates us From Peers

Internal Factors

External Factors


Weaving innovation planning with operational planning allows the college to focus on meeting its mission, while working toward realizing its vision.


The first step in outlining our Comprehensive Plan is to identify the high level overarching goals that will guide the college's work. Four operational goals and two innovation goals have been identified for Edmonds College. These are expected to remain the same for years to come.

Each year, under each goal, strategies are identified that would help achieve each goal, and a lagging indicator is set to define success. For each strategy, there are many operational actions that it takes to impact indicators identified with the strategy. Collectively, these strategies and actions form the college's priorities for the year.

Inclusive Planning

The college's planning model is designed to include a broad range of participants and to help them more easily identify, achieve, and assess short-term and long-term outcomes for programs and services. The planning model’s mechanisms for data analyses and stakeholder discussions inform decision-making processes for resource allocations and for institutional changes that promote continuous improvement.