Southeast Community College (Nebraska)

Southeast Community College (Nebraska)


Despite years of growth, peaking in 2010, Southeast Community College (SCC) began to experience enrollment shortfalls that mirrored national trends of shifting academic and employment demands, increased diversity, and decreased high school graduates. A history of enrollment growth and limited staffing had previously undermined the urgency of developing a multiyear enrollment plan. College leadership quickly realized they needed to become more proactive and develop a long-term plan that would better anticipate and react to the ebb and flow of the changing marketplace.

A team of SCC colleagues attended the annual Strategic Enrollment Planning Executive Forum hosted by Ruffalo Noel Levitz in Las Vegas. SCC's cross-divisional team gathered critical insight to better prepare the college for effective strategic planning, including some immediate take-aways to expedite the planning process.

With a roadmap to inform plan development, SCC partnered with Ruffalo Noel Levitz to take advantage of a critical transition point—the institutional five-year, long-range plan was about to expire, coupled with a significant leadership change as the president retired.


SCC is in the midst of implementing the strategic enrollment plan developed with Ruffalo Noel Levitz, which aligns fiscal, academic, and delivery resources with the college’s changing environment and will seamlessly roll into the institution’s new strategic plan.


"Our consultant is very personable. He’s a good, down-to-earth person that has really connected with and been patient with our staff. He has been a great fit for our project and people are really willing to work hard with him and for him.

"We had a lot of data, but didn’t know how to use it. Through this process, we have become much more data organized and are in the process of expanding our institutional research office.

"To develop and implement the plan, we put together a diverse team of people. Our consultant helped build that team and even helped one individual become a better leader for the institution. Everything he has found or suggested has been right on target, so whether that’s him or the process that [Ruffalo Noel Levitz] uses, it has been spot-on for us.”

Dennis Headrick, PhD
Vice President, Instruction 


Case study published with the permission of Southeast Community College.

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