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Mission and More


STATEMENT OF MISSION

George C. Wallace Community College, a comprehensive community college, seeks to provide accessible quality educational opportunities, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life of its constituents.

STATEMENT OF VISION

George C. Wallace Community College will be a leading community college, nationally recognized for excellence and innovation in education and student success. The College will be the primary choice of citizens preparing for the job market, seeking an associate or advanced degree, and/or pursuing career advancement or personal development. College partnerships with area schools, business and industry, and governmental agencies will contribute to an educational system that enhances economic development and quality of life in the region.

STATEMENT OF VALUES

George C. Wallace Community College respects the diversity of its student body and recognizes the worth and potential of each student. Therefore, the College affirms the following values:

  • Commitment to Students
    Belief in providing quality, accessible instruction, resources, and support services to enhance the growth and development of students.

  • Commitment to Faculty and Staff
    Belief in the importance of providing a work and learning environment characterized by integrity, clear communications, open exchange of ideas, involvement in decision making, and respect for all individuals.

  • Commitment to Community
    Belief in enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life for all citizens of the community.

  • Commitment to Diversity
    Belief in acknowledging and respecting the diversity of the community.

  • Commitment to Excellence
    Belief in the pursuit of excellence in all College programs and services.

STATEMENT OF ROLE AND SCOPE

The College fulfills its mission through a clearly defined set of programs and services that include the following:

  • College-level Credit Programs
    The College offers credit courses leading to associate degrees and certificates in career/technical fields and transfer majors.

  • Continuing Education Programs
    The College provides professional and personal development opportunities for individuals, agencies, and business and industry.

  • Economic Development Programs
    The College provides workforce training for new and expanding industries and assists in recruiting business and industry to the region.

  • Student Development Programs and Services
    The College offers programs and services to enrolled and prospective students to enhance their opportunities for success and their potential for personal, educational, and professional growth.

  • Support Programs and Services
    The College provides recruitment, evaluation, counseling, and instructional programs and services that increase access and opportunities for success for students not traditionally served by higher education.


STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND RELATED GOALS

Strategic Initiative I:  To demonstrate the College’s commitment to quality teaching and learning through increased student success and continuous improvement in instructional programs

Effective teaching and learning are essential for a successful community college.  The establishment of learning outcomes for educational programs is important both for ensuring consistency regardless of the mode of instructional delivery and for evaluating the effectiveness of programs.  Continuous improvement of educational programs depends on analyzing results from instruction and using these results for quality enhancement.  Appropriate class sizes and faculty advising loads must be maintained in order for faculty to give attention to the individual needs of students and monitor their progress in achieving learning outcomes.  For faculty, professional development based on the needs they identify is essential in responding to the diversity of students and changes in technology.

The following are goals related to this strategic initiative:

  • Goal A:  Increase the success of students in college transfer programs, in career and technical programs, and in health professions programs

  • Goal B:  Increase the retention and success of students in transitional classes in English, mathematics, and reading

  • Goal C:  Increase student attainment of learning outcomes in all programs and in general education with emphasis on “gateway” courses in English, mathematics, and science

  • Goal D:  Maintain an adequate faculty-to-student ratio that ensures class sizes and advising loads that enable sufficient attention to individual student learning needs

  • Goal E:  Provide systematic professional development opportunities for faculty and professional staff based on identified faculty and staff needs and ensure use of evaluation and feedback for improvement


Strategic Initiative II:  To enhance access to educational opportunities through alternative instructional delivery and achieve a larger and more diverse student enrollment

Providing access to educational opportunities is at the heart of the mission of community colleges.  Although traditional college-age students may comprise the majority of enrollment, alternate modes of instructional delivery may provide access to a more diverse student population.  Changing population demographics also may require services for students who are not native speakers of English.  Closer relationships with high schools in the region and the provisions of programs and information to acquaint high school students and counselors with the full range of educational opportunities at Wallace Community College will be important.  Cooperative programs that enable students to earn collegiate credit while in high school may prove valuable in recruitment and retention.

The following are goals related to this strategic initiative:


  • Goal A:   Increase enrollment of graduates from area high schools by at least 3% each year

  • Goal B:  Increase enrollment of non-traditional students by at least 5% each year

  • Goal C:  Improve recruitment, admissions, and enrollment services for students for whom English is a second language

  • Goal D:  Expand the number of courses and increase the semester credit hours produced through distance learning (electronic delivery)

  • Goal E:  Increase the course offerings and semester credit hours produced through evening, weekend, or off-site classes

  • Goal F:  Enhance opportunities with area high schools for college credit through articulation, dual enrollment, tech prep, bridge programs, advanced placement, and similar arrangements


Strategic Initiative III:  To provide educational programs, services, and workforce development that are responsive to the changing economic, demographic, and cultural needs of the region


WCC is a comprehensive community college whose educational programs are well-aligned with the employment and educational needs of the region.  Health care, transportation, and retail sales continue to be major components of the economy in the region and demographic trends suggest these will continue to be critical to the region’s economy.  Workforce development continues to grow in its service to business and industry in the area and its visibility has enhanced the image of the College throughout the region.  Data on educational attainment in the region suggest that adult education programs designed to enable students to earn General Equivalency Diplomas will be a continuing need as will transitional programs to prepare students for college-level degree and certificate programs.  Attention to these needs will continue to be an important part of the college mission.

The following are goals related to this strategic initiative:

  • Goal A:  Plan for new educational programs based on the changing population, health care needs, and growing service sector of the regional economy

  • Goal B:  Implement a multi-year schedule of instructional program review to assess program viability and/or need for program continuation or change

  • Goal C:  Utilize program advisory committees for all educational programs and ensure that these committees are used regularly to enhance program quality, effectiveness, and visibility

  • Goal D:  Expand educational opportunities for area citizens through non-credit short courses, continuing education activities, and attendance at cultural events on campus

  • Goal E:  Expand the scope and increase participation in workforce development activities in service to business and industry in the region

  • Goal F:  Provide adult education services that respond to the needs of the region


Strategic Initiative IV:   To improve services in support of student success and enhance the collegiate experience through greater student engagement


Student services are crucial in attracting and retaining students.  Many students form their first impressions of the College through their contact with the admissions office.  A student-friendly, service-oriented approach is essential in all phases of the continuum of services from the recruitment, admission, and enrollment of students, to the support services vital to retention and student success, and through career planning and placement.  Student services also enrich the collegiate experience through participation in clubs, special events, and leadership and service opportunities in the College and the community.  Adequate student security and convenience to student lounges and food service is needed, particularly for students with lengthy commutes who are on campus for extended times.

The following are goals related to this strategic initiative:


  • Goal A:  Review and improve the orientation, advising, and registration process for new students including planning and participation by college student leaders

  • Goal B:  Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of student services operations through the incorporation of technology wherever possible with emphasis on student registration, financial aid, and student records

  • Goal C:  Establish student success centers to provide tutorial assistance available to all students with emphasis on writing, mathematics, and study skills

  • Goal D:  Provide career planning and placement services to aid students in career choices and in the transition to employment

  • Goal E:  Improve campus security and student access and convenience to campus services

  • Goal F:  Increase student participation and leadership opportunities in student organizations and initiate innovative Service-Learning programs

  • Goal G:  Provide a program of cultural events on campus that incorporates student participation and promotes student attendance


Strategic Initiative V:   To enhance communication, cooperation, and collaboration among divisions and across campuses to achieve greater synergy within the College

Communication is an ongoing concern at colleges with multiple campuses.   Administrative offices for some programs and services may be located on different campuses.  Inquiries, decisions, and feedback may be delayed.  Information-sharing may be enhanced through the use of electronic updates and newsletters.  Faculty and staff collaboration is essential in improving communication and cooperation across campuses and programs. Incorporating technology whenever possible may also increase responsiveness and efficiency.

The following are goals related to this strategic initiative:

  • Goal A:  Review and streamline administrative processes and procedures incorporating technology whenever possible

  • Goal B:  Implement information-sharing sessions among faculty, student services, and administrative staff to improve understanding and communication among programs, services, and operations

  • Goal C:  Provide regular updates to the campus community through a weekly electronic newsletter

  • Goal D:  Encourage faculty and staff collaboration in technological development and applications and innovative strategies for the improvement of instruction services to students

  • Goal E:  Initiate strategies to increase recognition and incentives for outstanding teaching by faculty and for outstanding performance by professional staff


Strategic Initiative VI:  To provide administrative support and adequate resources to ensure the quality of programs, services, and operations while maintaining a safe and secure campus learning environment

Significant progress has been made in improving campus facilities and support for the instructional programs and student support. Enhancing the technology infrastructure will be crucial in supporting the College’s goals for quality instruction and for outreach to students through online courses and must be a priority.   The ability of programs and services to keep pace with changes in the workplace will be a continuing challenge with decreased state funding.  Consolidating the College’s accomplishments over the past few years and accommodating the need for growth in productive programs and services will require careful consideration of priorities and wise stewardship of resources.

The following are goals related to this strategic initiative:

  • Goal A:  Improve the technology infrastructure essential to support the instructional programs, student services, and administrative operations of the College and continue to update and implement the technology plan

  • Goal B:  Ensure that the College budget is based on sound educational planning consistent with institutional priorities and wise stewardship of resources

  • Goal C:  Provide for capital improvements for additional classrooms and laboratories and for student services facilities to accommodate program expansion and student enrollment

  • Goal D:  Continue implementation of campus master plan to improve safety, security, and appearance of college campuses

  • Goal E:  Increase financial support for the College through the foundation and through external contracts and grants

  • Goal F:  Ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations in laboratories and shops, enhance electronic surveillance on campus, and improve access to relevant criminal justice data/and information


Strategic Initiative VII: To increase community awareness and support for the College and its programs and services

Greater community awareness of the College and its connections to economic development and services to the region will be important in gaining greater support and enhancing resources for the institution.  Marketing of the College and its competitive advantages in terms of its cost, convenience, and comprehensive array of programs should involve faculty and students.  Active participation of the administration, faculty, and staff in community and regional planning as well as their presentation of programs to the schools and community organizations will be instrumental in enhancing the image of the College.

The following are goals related to this strategic initiative:


  • Goal A:  Review and revise the College’s marketing plan ensuring participation from key constituency groups including faculty, staff, students, board members, and community leaders and incorporating multiple media sources   

  • Goal B:  Increase the visibility of workforce development in service to business and industry in the area by expanding on-campus community and industry support programs (e.g., hosting youth summits, regional task force meetings, Southeast Alabama Council on Economic Development sessions) and presentations to students by business and industry leaders 

  • Goal C:  Continue active participation in the Region 10 Workforce Council and provide relevant data and statistics about the College for inclusion in the annual Regional State of the Workforce which is posted online and provided to all industries seeking relocation

  • Goal D:  Increase community support through additional cooperative and collaborative agreements with business, industry, agencies, and organizations within the College’s service area

  • Goal E:  Enhance the College Web site through appointment of a webmaster, redesign of the Web site, and incorporation of linkages with other appropriate Web sites (e.g., schools, hospitals, chambers of commerce)

  • Goal F:  Reorganize the WCC Speakers Bureau to provide programs for area schools, community organizations, and business and industry and encourage faculty participation in local civic, service, and charity organizations

  • Goal G:  Increase financial support for the College through private gifts and business and community support