SVCC HLC Self-Study Document

Sauk Valley Community College
HLC Self-Study Document

September 19-21, 2011

1B.2: Recognizes Diversity Within the Community

Sauk’s Mission and Vision Statements address diversity as an issue of “needs,” both of students and the community. This directive is mirrored in the Shared Values Statement that the college will “respect the worth and dignity of all people.” Ultimately, the Mission, Vision, and Shared Values Statements move Sauk beyond mere regulatory compliance for protected classifications to overcoming the barriers that keep people from participating in higher education.

Each of the five Strategic Goals contains objectives that direct Sauk's efforts to carry out the mission imperative to address diversity as it relates to removing barriers to education:

Sauk carries out its commitment to help learners overcome barriers through a variety of practices and programs, including the following:

Sauk also addresses diversity issues in the surrounding community based on its Shared Ethical Values statements on Integrity and Fairness. These values underlie practices that expose the college community and the district to diverse cultures and social issues. The Cross-Cultural Coordinator’s job description includes a responsibility to “propose and/or provide cross-cultural development activities for Sauk faculty, staff, and students.” Many of these activities reach out into the surrounding Sauk Valley district (Internal Document Link5A.2).