Mission, Vision, and Values
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.
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.