Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016


Several employees have used this newsletter’s feedback email address ( to offer suggestions or ask questions, and we thank you! Below is the first of several questions we’ve received. Stay tuned to future issues for more Q&A with the Chancellor.

 Question: What is the Chancellor’s Planning Retreat? What is its purpose? Who attends and why?

Answer: Each year, the Chancellor invites college leadership – presidents, vice presidents, faculty, and state board members and others – to come together for conversations related to future strategies for our colleges. The current event represents a mash-up, bringing together what was formerly the planning retreat held in August and the State Board’s Annual Meeting held in November. This day-and-a-half-long gathering featured a variety of keynote addresses and concurrent sessions led by VCCS colleagues and national leaders. This year’s retreat in particular, took a few moments to reflect upon the game-changing work of our first 50 years while also discussing ideas and strategies for addressing the opportunities and challenges of the next 50 years.

In his opening speech to attendees, the Chancellor said, “The big question we need to answer to ensure the future of our colleges is this: How will we offer students what they need, when they need it, in a way that they can access and afford it? To get there, we need to do a better job at connecting with students while they are still in high school. We need to do a better job ensuring that our existing students stick-with-it and finish what they began. And we need to ensure that the people who can really benefit from them understand our short-term training programs and the opportunities they create.

 “This planning retreat was built to move that conversation forward. It’s become an annual tradition to gather our leaders, faculty members and board members, and some of the sharpest minds from around the country to ask the hard questions and seek solutions.”'

Laura Osberger

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