Why we exist
To improve people’s lives through learning.
Through our decisions and actions we empower:
- Students to reach their goals in an equitable and welcoming environment;
- Employees to thrive and fully use their collective talents, and
- Our Community to transform and enrich the world.
What we believe
These values are shared among employees and reflect what we expect from one another to shape our work experience.
We strive to offer the highest level of excellence in our programs and services to achieve our Vision. We use research-based methods to strengthen curriculum and deliver high-quality learning-centered instruction and services.
Freedom of Inquiry
We believe learning is most engaging and viable when a spirit of free inquiry exists, allowing everyone the freedom to explore new and diverse ideas and to express their interests and attitudes. We strive to create environments where innovation and inquiry flourish.
We are responsible to carry out our work with honesty and integrity. Our Vision, not personal interests, guides our decisions and actions so that they will be enacted out of service to our students and community members.
As a public institution, we commit to making the best use of resources. We are transparent in measurement and reporting, seek feedback from others, accept responsibility for our decisions and actions, and continuously improve our practices.
We are committed to serving students, employees, and community members. The decisions and actions we undertake in carrying out our Vision derive from working cooperatively with all stakeholders.
As stewards of people’s learning, we understand their perspectives and we use our insight and compassion to support them through challenging times. We believe in educating and supporting the whole person through a comprehensive approach that addresses the emotional, social, ethical, and academic needs of students, employees, and community members.
How we approach our work
These philosophies serve as our ethical compass and the lens through which we look when making decisions.
Learning is a lifelong process that empowers individuals.
Equity is ensuring everyone receives what they need to be successful.
Diversity is all expressions of humanity.
Inclusion is valuing what makes us unique.
Justice is ensuring our structures and systems honor individual rights.