Mission, Vision, and Values

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Columbia-Greene Community College offers individualized guidance in a respectful learning environment, inspiring students to reach their academic goals and become engaged citizens.


Columbia-Greene Community College seeks to inspire our community and create lifelong learners.


The College models the following values:

  • Service based on a foundation of empathy, caring, and compassion;
  • Knowledge that includes critical judgement;
  • Transformation to promote personal growth;
  • Commitment to the communities served;
  • Purpose and passion as principles for decisions and actions; and
  • Respect, integrity, and inclusiveness as attributes of morality and justice.


In meeting the responsibilities of a comprehensive community college, Columbia-Greene has developed the following institutional goals:

  • Student Success: Provide all students with a holistic educational experience which supports persistence, retention, and goal completion.
  • Academic Programs: Annually analyze and develop academic offerings that respond to diverse student needs and meet local market demands.
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Increase the level of commitment to be a more culturally competent and responsive institution that acknowledges, respects, and celebrates identity, background, and idea expression.
  • Enrollment: Increase the College’s overall enrollment by an annual average of five percent over the three years of the plan by expanding marketing, recruitment, and retention efforts to attain a more diverse student body.
  • Technical and Computing Environment: Leverage technology to improve operating efficiency and provide resources to support a first-rate experience.

Academic Philosophy

The College’s academic philosophy is an extension of its mission and goals. C-GCC provides students with knowledge and skills that will serve as the basis for a productive and insightful life. As a democratizing force, the College empowers its students to become engaged citizens and lifelong learners, able to demonstrate the following institutional learning outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and creative expression;
  • Employ scientific and quantitative reasoning to engage in critical analysis and make evidence-based decisions;
  • Use established and emerging technologies to identify and apply information;
  • Recognize and consider a diversity of values and ethical beliefs; and
  • Learn how to become actively engaged citizens in the communities they serve.