Health and Safety, Financial Sustainability, and Environmental Sustainability
YVC’s sustainability involves providing a healthy and safe working and learning environment. This sustainability builds understanding of evolving health and safety, financial, and environmental ecosystems and impact, integrating practices that support and improve these systems. YVC actively builds resilient communities through our work as educators and upholders of a public commons in which diverse groups of people collaboratively create solutions to local and global problems.
YVC’s focus for 2021-2025 is to continue developing and aligning strategic and operational planning structures that support strategic allocation of resources to provide long-term financial stability for our teaching and learning environment. We apply principles of environmental sustainability to our wealth of built and natural resources on campus and surrounding areas. We integrate health, safety, and well-being considerations into the work we do.
- Develop planning, decision-making, and resource allocation structures for programs and services to achieve optimal enrollment levels, affordability, and fiscal sustainability while continuing to support a high-quality, equitable teaching and learning environment.
- Maintain and enhance physical, financial, data/technological, and environmental security.
- Promote health, safety, and well-being principles and practices.
- Implement environmental sustainability principles and practices.
- Increase adaptive capability in staff, students, and built environment to create organizational and environmental resilience.
Implement New Enterprise Software Platform
Implement new enterprise software platform (ctcLink) to replace outdated Legacy system. Update business processes to gain system efficiencies, and train/mentor staff to sustain long-term success. Protect and ensure that state system data integrity and YVC system data integrity complement each other.
Maintain College Reserve
Continue using fiscally prudent practices that allow the college to sustain operations during economic downturns and/or reduced resources. Provide transparency in budget and financial decisions and an avenue to contribute to budget/financial decision-making.
Maintain Staffing Stability
Ensure adequate staffing levels on campus for administrative, professional exempt, faculty, and classified staff. Develop a succession plan for executive leadership; document/preserve budget and financial processes.
Provide Financial Support
Provide financial resources for YVC strategic planning objectives/strategies. Pursue financial support via alumni, donations, partnerships, and additional sources of funding.
Cultivate Grant Resources
Cultivate grant resources that match YVC’s institutional and students’ needs, maintain a balance between institution-funded and grant-funded positions, and review return on investment for grant-funded positions/efforts when grant funds end.
Promote Health, Safety, and Well-Being
Continue to promote health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty, and staff in the college environment.
Establish Long-Term Plans
Establish long-term maintenance/disposal/replacement plan for equipment and current building features (technology, facilities, desks, chairs, instruction, etc.) for both grant and institutional funded items. Provide budget for replacement. Dispose/recycle items in an environmentally safe manner.
Reduce Financial Barriers
Alleviate financial challenges due to blocks on student accounts and encourage low/no-cost digital textbooks or open education resources. Explore use of Foundation funds or other sources to pay small financial issues (blocks due to amounts owed) so students can continue.
Continue and Expand Environmental Impact Efforts
Continue to pursue green, efficient buildings and technology in new construction and renovations, electric vehicles and charging stations, and native plants/trees (water reduction/less grass).
Pursue a robust, well-communicated recycling program for students and staff. Reduce paper usage by using electronic documents (documents available on student portal). Make available student kiosks in supervised areas (e.g., registration, key instructional support areas) to help them with e-documents, such as e-add/drop.
Work with public transportation officials to improve students’ access.