5. C. 4 The institution plans on the basis of a sound understanding of its current capacity. Institutional plans anticipate the possible impact of fluctuations in the institution’s sources of revenue, such as enrollment, the economy, and state support.
As described in 5.A.3 and 5.A.5, Miller College’s strategic planning efforts, while ambitious, are always informed by a careful assessment of the College’s current capacity and remain flexible to revision in light of fluctuations in enrollment, revenue and the local economy. Strategic initiatives and new budgetary items are prioritized by the President’s Council each year, so that execution of the Strategic Plan remains sensitive to upturns or downturns in the College’s resource base.
As described in 5.A.1, Miller College’s conservative approach to hiring has resulted in a core organization that has not expanded at the same rate as student enrollment, yet has been sustainable given current resources and has put Miller College on track to financial self-sufficiency in 2012-13. To accomplish this, Miller College is proud to have attracted a well-educated, practitioner-oriented faculty and multi-talented staff who bring an array of assets to the College. Because of its commitment to shared governance, Miller College purposefully seeks to employ professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds that allow employees to assume multiple areas of responsibility. For example, the Registrar currently serves as the Teacher Certification Officer for the Binda School of Education, the Dean of the Binda School of Education currently serves as the Blackboard Administrator, Administrative Staff with appropriate credentials teach courses, and all faculty (full-time and percent-time) members serve as academic advisors for students in their respective schools.
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