May 25, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy of Education


We Believe:

  • Education is valuable in and of itself.
  • Learning is a lifelong commitment that transforms lives and promotes responsible citizenship.
  • General education courses expose all degree-seeking students to a common body of skills, knowledge, and values that form the basis for lifelong learning.
  • Learning occurs inside and outside the classroom, including co-curricular and service activities.
  • Higher order reasoning and effective decision-making are essential to a sound education.
  • Intellectual expression requires effective reading, writing, and communication skills.
  • Education serves practical and creative needs that are both individual and communal.
  • Learning requires a forum wherein the free consideration of ideas, values, and informed points of view is encouraged, and where diversity of thought is valued.
  • Instructional methods should be developed by qualified full and part-time professionals. Instruction should be dynamic, current, and effective, using a variety of learning technologies. It should engage students as active partners who are responsible for their learning and adapt to an increasingly multicultural, global, and technologically driven society.
  • Access to education should be available to meet diverse student needs, ranging from adult basic education to honors offerings.
  • Student success is the responsibility of all members of the college community. It requires that high expectations are set and standards of excellence are maintained.
  • Improving learning requires the continual assessment of student success.