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: Achieve Increased Excellence in Student Success in Educational Programs
Increasing student success is a primary commitment of the College. Achieving higher student retention and graduation rates are important components of student success, but these measures of success must be considered along with factors such as licensure examination pass rates, job placement, feedback from employers, and success of transfer students. Analyzing feedback from students and faculty and providing appropriate professional development and technology will be essential for improving student success.
Strategic Initiative II: Enhance Student Success and Engagement through Excellence in Student Development Services
- Goal A: Increase the collegiate graduation, transfer, and/or alternate completion rates for students among degree and certificate programs of the college.
- Goal B: Improve fall-to-fall retention rates among students enrolled in all programs.
- Goal C: Increase the class retention and pass rates of students in transitional classes in English, mathematics, and reading each year.
- Goal D: Achieve pass rates above state and/or national averages among first-time test-takers on licensure or certification examinations in Health Sciences Programs and in applicable Career and Technical Programs.
- Goal E: Increase the College’s job placement rate of Career and Technical and Health Science students who graduate from degree and certificate programs.
- Goal F: Achieve an increase in the number of students completing their general education requirements at the College.
- Goal G: Demonstrate higher student ratings and greater positive feedback regarding academic program quality including
- Academic challenge
- Active and collaborative learning
- Student-faculty interaction
- Recommend Instructor
- Goal H: Provide professional development opportunities responsive to the needs of the faculty.
- Goal I: Improve the technology infrastructure essential to support the instructional programs of the College through continued update and implementation of the technology plan.
Increasing student success is vital to achieving enrollment growth. Potential changes in federal financial aid present challenges for some students. Increased attention to student support services, particularly academic, career, and financial advising will be crucial to attracting and retaining an increasing number of students. Adequate resources to support and expand services will be needed as well as professional development for staff and technological support for services and operations.
Strategic Initiative III: Enhance the Image of the College and Knowledge of its Value to the Region
- Goal A: Achieve enrollment increases each year through a combination of recruitment of new students and/or increased retention of enrolled students.
- Goal B: Increase the retention and success of first-time entering students who are academically underprepared and/or lack definitive career goals.
- Goal C: Increase the enrollment of GED graduates into workforce development and/or certificate and degree programs through increased collaboration to facilitate transition.
- Goal D: Achieve greater student participation in student organizations, in leadership development, and in service-learning programs.
- Goal E: Demonstrate higher student ratings and greater positive feedback among identified first time entering students regarding the quality of student development services including
- Orientation and advising
- Financial aid
- Learning support services.
- Goal F: Provide professional development opportunities responsive to the needs of the professional staff.
- Goal G: Improve the technology infrastructure essential to support the student services and administrative operations of the College through continued update and implementation of the technology plan.
The College has achieved increased visibility within the community, particularly for some of its educational programs and outreach. Greater visibility for the College’s academic transfer programs may be a priority. Faculty and students provide a valuable resource in enhancing knowledge of the College and its comprehensive array of education programs. The College’s success in external funding and in its relationships with area high schools continues to demonstrate its value to the region.
- Goal A: Achieve over 300 positive media citations through newspapers and enhance image of WCC through radio, television, and other media that reach differing populations in the region.
- Goal B: Increase involvement of faculty, staff, and students in providing programs and presentations to community organizations, civic clubs, and schools within the region.
- Goal C: Enhance recognition of the College through increased grants, contracts, gifts, and other external funding sources.
- Goal D: Enhance value and recognition among area high schools through opportunities for college credit such as articulation agreements, dual enrollment, bridge programs, advanced placement, and similar arrangements.
- Goal E: Increase participation and expand the scope of workforce development activities in support of business and industry in the region.
- Goal F: Enhance the physical facilities of the college through continued implementation of the Facilities Master Plan to improve campus safety, security, and appearance of college campuses.
- Goal G: Ensure the College budget is based on sound educational planning consistent with institutional priorities and wise stewardship of resources.