The Mission and Goals
Prior to the comprehensive visit, the mission had last been
revised in 1998, about the same time the College adopted a
statement of shared values. After the 2002 comprehensive visit, the
mission was reconsidered and revised.
A major portion of the January 2004 in-service was devoted to
mission, goals and strategic planning. Staff were introduced to
these concepts to develop a common understanding and were then
divided into groups and assigned tasks related to generating a
mission and objectives for a strategic plan. Initial progress was
satisfactory but the tasks were not completed. Following the
in-service, an ad hoc task force formed with the purpose of
completing the mission statement. The mission statement that
resulted was presented to the Board of Trustees at its March 22,
2004, meeting and reads as follows:
Not only was the College satisfied with the new mission
statement, the mission was in alignment with that of the Illinois
Community College System, which reads as follows:
To administer the PublicCommunity College Act in a manner
that maximizes the ability of the community colleges to serve their
To promote cooperation within the system and accommodate
those State of Illinois initiatives that are appropriate for
To be accountable to the students, employers, lawmakers, and
taxpayers of Illinois.
To provide high-quality, accessible, cost-effective
educational opportunities for the individuals and communities they
Additionally, the SVCC mission statement was also aligned with
the Illinois Community College Board's strategic plan, Promise
As the SVCC mission statement was finalized, another ad hoc task
force formed to continue the work started at the in-service and to
complete the objectives, which were subsequently adopted by the
College. The strategic goals and objectives are as follows:
1. We will provide quality education for
- Maintain academic integrity and standards while addressing
- Offer educational programs that are responsive to the
- Measure student learning through an ongoing program of academic
- Employ qualified, dedicated, and skilled faculty and
- Maintain appropriate technologies and facilities to support
- Offer a variety of educational delivery systems to maximize
student access to learning.
- Continuously review and enhance class schedules and curricula
to best meet student needs.
- Deliver well integrated curricular and advising experiences for
- Provide effective learning support for different student
populations, including first-generation and adult learners.
- Monitor institutional effectiveness through assessment of
progress and other indicators.
2. We will be fiscally responsible.
- Broaden the financial base of the institution.
- Employ an integrated system of strategic, operational,
financial, capital, technology, facilities, and marketing
- Strive to maintain a balance between educational quality and
- Maintain appropriate technologies to support effective
- Secure targeted external funding to support and enhance the
teaching and learning environment.
- Continuously seek ways to upgrade and streamline organizational
functions and services.
- Manage College resources in a fiscally responsible manner.
3. We will represent SVCC positively.
- Encourage student engagement and retention through a caring
faculty and staff and programmatic excellence.
- Strive to create an increasingly inclusive learning and work
- Promote a sense of teamwork across all areas of the
- Sponsor lively and meaningful co-curricular programs to enrich
students overall educational experience.
- Network with professional organizations, legislators, and
governing boards at the local, state, and federal levels to
strengthen institutional effectiveness, assure adequate resources,
and encourage degree-related articulation.
- Develop and execute effective marketing strategies tailored to
- Achieve high visibility of the Collegeâ€™s educational programs
and services through community engagement and effective
4. We will respect all SVCC stakeholders.
- Provide a welcoming, supportive, and challenging environment
- Offer quality professional development opportunities for
faculty and staff.
- Facilitate teamwork among educational institutions within the
- Maintain strong relationships with business, industry,
educational, and civic/nonprofit groups to best serve the
educational needs of each sector.
- Train and support faculty, administrators, and staff in the use
of current technologies.
- Recognize and celebrate efforts and successes of College
- Offer broad opportunities for informed participation by all
members of the College community in shaping College policies,
practices, and directions.
- Communicate clearly and effectively among College
- Develop a quality understanding and practice of shared values
among administrators, faculty, staff and students.
- Encourage good health, wellness, and safety practices among
employees and students.
During the summer of 2004, the College described the
relationship among the various elements of strategic planning to
clarify their meanings and illustrate their importance. The mission
was defined as the description of where the College is and what it
does; the vision as being future oriented, describing where the
College wants to be; and the strategic goals as the broad steps
needed to move from the mission to attain the vision. To clarify
the relationship among the mission, the strategic goals and
objectives relate to strategic planning
The following illustration was developed to show these
Illustration 7: Vision
This diagram indicates the importance of a College vision
statement. The Board of Trustees has assumed the responsibility of
determining the vision statement and has scheduled a special
planning retreat in
January 2006, where it plans to articulate the College's vision