Planning Council


The Planning Council serves as a representative internal shared governance team for the College’s planning efforts. The Planning Council:  

  1. Develops and reviews the TMCC Strategic Master Plan (SMP) to establish planning priorities for the college. 
  2. Monitors and reviews the work of subcommittees that support the Council’s planning activities.  
  3. Adopts policy for the college through a process of seeking input from constituencies on proposed institutional bylaw and policy changes.   

Planning Council members are responsible to share information from the Council to their constituents and to solicit input from their constituents to share with the Planning Council. Planning Council members are encouraged to help set the agenda of the meetings so that concerns and needs related to planning are discussed and addressed. 

Planning Council Charge


  • Establish long-term planning priorities for the College on a bi-annual basis and align these priorities with the TMCC SMP, the TMCC Division and Department Plans, and the NSHE Goals. 
  • Review internal and external data; College, state, federal, and NSHE initiatives; and planning documents from within the College community to make recommendations for bi-annual institutional priorities based on this input. 
  • Assist in identifying gaps between aspirational targets and actual measures to help drive short and long-term priorities. 
  • Review and respond to the stated goals of the Board of Regents and the President when formulating the priorities and planning activities of the College. 
  • Assist by building a shared, college-wide understanding of the TMCC SMP so that the SMP is a “living” strategy map and internal assessment tool that sustains a culture of excellence and continuous quality improvement. 

Subcommittee Work 

  • Oversee a subcommittee structure to accomplish specific planning tasks or gather input.  
  • Monitor and review the work of subcommittees through status reports from the committee leaders. 
  • Where appropriate, monitor the implementation of committee recommendations and use data to verify goal achievement or a lack thereof. Institutional Policy and Bylaws 
  • Review, change and adopt institutional policies and bylaws using a process that ensures input from a variety of constituencies that widely represent the college. 
  • Engage in periodic review and revision of existing policies and bylaws to maintain alignment with current NSHE and institution practices and requirements. 
  • Identify areas and opportunities where new policies should be implemented and, where appropriate, existing policies can be removed/retired. 
  • Engage in comprehensive review of proposed policies, ensuring that appropriate constituencies have opportunities to provide input prior to adoption.