A funded program of the 2010-11 Planning Council was the implementation of a new College-wide planning software to house unit planning and document progress in preparing documentation for the 2014 reaffirmation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The Strategic Planning Online (SPOL) software was selected per a detailed analysis of similar software by a Committee that represented the Office of the President, the Office of Planning, Development, and Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Affairs, and Student Development. The President and the Vice Presidents approved the purchase of SPOL for the August 2011 implementation.
SPOL is a comprehensive, integrated system that supports institutional effectiveness, specifically strategic planning, outcomes assessment (i.e., including student learning outcomes), program review, and accreditation compliance and reporting. Each College Planning Unit, for the purposes of unit planning, represents offices and departments. Planning Units engage in planning and ensure institutional compliance with accreditation standards. Selected Planning Units report to other Planning Units, creating the hierarchical structure that constitutes the College’s organizational chart.