NORFOLK, Neb. – A new report highlights the value of the work of Northeast Community College across its 20-county service area. The enVision Annual Report for 2021-22 was presented at a recent meeting of the College’s Board of Governors.
Dr. Leah Barrett, president, said enVision, the name of Northeast’s strategic plan, defines Northeast’s vision, articulates its values, establishes priorities, and provides systems for each department to identify clear goals and objectives.
“Envision allows Northeast to be good stewards of our resources and operate in a continuous quality improvement environment as we assess our work to become more effective, efficient and integrated,” Barret said. “It establishes a firm foundation for creating a student-ready culture.”
Highlights in the report include the College’s economic impact on the region. A report compiled by the data analytics firm Lightcast confirmed that Northeast’s total impact was $226.8 million in added income or 3,200 jobs were supported in its 20-county service area’s economy during the 2020-21 fiscal year, the latest year in which data is available. One out of every 34 jobs in the Northeast service area are supported by activities of the College and its students. The total effect for 2020-21 amounted to approximately 2.3% of the Northeast service area’s total gross regional product.
In the 2020-21 academic year, 870 graduates earned 976 awards. The Career Services Office’s Graduate Report indicated that 99.5% of graduates are employed or continuing their studies. Additionally, 88% are employed in their field of study, 90% are employed in Nebraska – 58% of them in Northeast’s 20- county service area.
The annual report includes strategic measurements that have been identified to align the strategic plan with the College’s four strategic priorities. The 37 measurements include areas such as average dollar amount awarded per scholarship, dual credit student participation, continuing education, property tax asking, headcounts, campus climate among employees and retention and graduation rates.
The 35-page annual report concludes with news, notable items and accomplishments that occurred during the academic year.
Barrett said the enVision Annual Report reflects Northeast’s efforts to empower the residents of the region to engage in their educational and workforce development journeys.
“The excellent and innovative educational programs at Northeast Community College are pathways that lead to social mobility and promote regional vitality. We use our local resources to support economic development, educational opportunities and workforce needs of our 20-county service area.”
The enVision Annual Report may be accessed on the Northeast website at northeast.edu/about-us/strategic-plan.