Mesalands board approves strategic plan

By Thomas Garcia: QCS staff writer

The Meslands Community College’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a four-year strategic plan outlining the college’s tactical goals for 2009-2013.

The plan was presented to the trustees by Ken Brashear, Meslands’ coordinator of institutional and enrollment data.

Brashear said the college has completed four strategic plans and that 95 percent of the goals set for 2006-2009 were completed.

“There are five strategic priorities and 22 goals addressed in this plan,” Brasher said.

Those priorities include implementing library transition to a digital format, continued development of the North American Wind Research and Training Center and capturing cultural, employment and community diversity opportunities.

“Being able to complete 95 percent of our goals in our last strategic plan shows the college is moving in the right direction,” said President Phillip O. Barry.

Trustees also:

• Approved designated smoking areas for all of the college’s buildings.

• Approved a $4,000 rodeo stock pen lease agreement.

• Reviewed the yearly attendance at the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. There were 14,680 visitors from 50 states and 687 visitors from 46 countries for a total of 15,367 visitors in 2008-2009.