Vision 2021

Strategic Plan

Vision 2021

For more than 100 years, Gateway Technical College has been committed to transforming the lives of the students we serve, and by doing so, growing the economy of Southeastern Wisconsin. Vision 2021, the college’s strategic plan, builds on this tradition while embracing newly refreshed mission and vision statements. The plan is centered around six Drivers of Excellence, factors that are critical to the college’s ongoing success.

As a result of our mission, vision and values, the tri-county community benefits from affordable higher education that allows residents to develop knowledge and skills for family-supporting careers that contribute to the growth and sustainability of the local economy at a cost commensurate with the value of services provided. Gateway looks to the following drivers of excellence:

Foster employee engagement

Engaged employees are emotionally involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and their workplace. Fostering employee engagement drives excellence by improving performance, innovation and customer service.


  • Employee engagement survey results
  • Employee retention rate

Attract and develop engaged students

Student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught. Attracting and developing engaged students drives excellence by increasing student motivation and progress. Engaged students represent the college positively in the community.


  • New students enrolling in programs
  • High school students enrolling directly at Gateway
  • Students reaching two-year outcomes—graduated, transferred or still enrolled

Deliver program and service excellence

Delivering high-quality programs and services drives excellence by ensuring customers have a positive experience and the opportunity to succeed, which improves the college's outcomes and its reputation in the community.


  • Student satisfaction survey results
  • Students earning a credential within 6 years
  • Graduates employed in a field related to training

Create and strengthen connections with employers, education, and community

The college and its partners can accomplish more through collaboration. Strong connections with employers, education and community drive excellence by leveraging the strengths and resources of the college and its partners for maximum mutual benefits.


  • Contracts for service/workforce training credits
  • Students transferring to four-year universities
  • Dual enrollment credits earned by high school students 

Create an equitable and inclusive campus climate

Gateway values the success of all members of the college community regardless of their individual circumstances. Creating an equitable and inclusive climate drives excellence by enabling every individual's full participation and achievement.


  • Graduation rate for students of color
  • Student satisfaction with the institution’s commitment to under-represented populations

Steward college resources effectively

Gateway recognizes the value of the investment our community makes to sustain and grow our college. Effective stewardship drives excellence by maximizing the impact of the human, physical, technological and financial resources entrusted to the college.


  • Percent of possible funding obtained through Outcomes Based Funding
  • Energy efficiency
  • Year-end fund balance