About Itasca

Mission

Itasca Community College is committed to providing accessible, high-quality educational experiences in an inclusive environment that empowers our learners to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers.

Vision

Best in engaged learning…community partnerships…empowering people!

Values

Itasca Community College will put its principles into action, dedicating itself to the following values and using them to continually evaluate its mission, vision, and goals:

Integrity

Itasca Community College will promote individual and organizational responsibility and integrity to empower the success of our learners.

Accessibility

Itasca Community College will serve as an inclusive educational community that enables all learners to achieve their desired educational goals.

Civility

Itasca Community College will encourage the college community to engage in meaningful conversations that embrace differing viewpoints and perspectives in a safe, open, and respectful environment.

Innovation

Itasca Community College will be innovative in meeting the educational needs of our learners, community, and region.

Community Engagement

Itasca Community College will integrate itself into the community through our students, employee involvement, and community partners.

1. Ensure student success

Academic Connections: Evaluate and strengthen pathways for current and potential student connections with ICC and academic programs.

Personal Support: Cultivate an environment that supports the student experience and achievement of educational goals both on campus and in the community.

Identity & Inclusion: Encourage and value participation in and development of learning communities.

2. Advance high-quality educational experiences

Global Perspective: Offer a broad set of courses and experiences to cultivate a sense of wonder and expanded world perspective.

Faculty Development: Continue to build and expand a robust faculty with discipline and teaching expertise; provide opportunities for professional development.

Continuous Improvement: Further the improvement of student learning through assessment and a culture of excellence.

Inclusivity: Foster an inclusive environment that supports student engagement and promotes personal growth outside of the classroom.

Educational Partnerships: Promote and expand healthy partnerships to provide educational opportunities that enhance student growth and perspective.

3. Facilitate development of high-quality citizens

Problem-Solving Skills: Encourage critical thinking that empowers students to view real-world problems with a global perspective.

Respect: Model civility through an engaging campus culture to develop students who respect differences.

Community Involvement: Provide opportunities in the classroom and the community to support civic engagement.

4. Innovate for emerging educational needs

Partnerships: Collaborate with regional, national, and global partners to identity emerging educational trends and needs.

Technology: Leverage technology to provide accessible and quality educational offerings.

Long-range Innovative Needs: Empower faculty and staff to explore and evaluate trends for innovative growth.

5. Sustain institution viability

Community Partnerships: Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with key local and regional stakeholder’s (leaders, organizations, employers, alumni, donors, etc.) to forward the college’s mission.

Facilities and Technology: Support innovative technology, facilities, and services to create an attractive and sustainable residential campus and learning environment that integrates our natural resources, campus culture, and student learning needs.

Financial: Evaluate academic planning and budgeting at an institutional and program/department level to ensure sustainability.

Enrollment: Provide relevant and quality academic programs and services to be an institution of choice for a broadening student population.

Accreditation: Maintain applicable college and program accreditations to support student opportunities and the fulfillment of the college’s mission.

The following foundational processes will be employed by Itasca Community College as it implements its strategic plan:

  • Communicate openly and clearly - The College will communicate openly and clearly with everyone within the college and the communities it serves.
  • Use participatory decision making - The College will invite and utilize the advice, ideas, and suggestions of its learners, faculty, staff, and community in order to strengthen the college and shape the future.
  • Respect diversity - The College will respect the strengths and experiences of learners and community members from all walks of life.
  • Value its human resources - The College will provide an environment that fosters continuous development of its faculty and staff.
  • Continually improve - The College will continually evaluate and improve its programs, services, and outcomes.
  • Practice stewardship - The College will demonstrate accountability through stewardship of its fiscal and capital assets.
  • Utilize technology - The College will enhance the use of electronic learning tools and processes to support classroom learning and to provide learners with an appropriate range of high-quality programs and services.

ICC Foundational (Level 1)
General Education Goals and Outcomes

2008-2009

  1. Communication

    Goal:To develop students’ skills in the use of written and oral language in the various contexts of personal and professional life.

    Students will be able to:
    a. Read, evaluate, synthesize and apply information from a variety of sources.
    b. Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through planning, organizing, drafting, revising, and editing.
    c. Write and speak clearly, concisely and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
    d. Employ appropriate language use, vocabulary and mechanics in academic, professional, and personal settings.
    e. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking and responding.
  2. Critical Thinking

    Goal:To increase students’ abilities to engage in and apply effective critical/creative thinking and reasoning skills to personal and professional decision making, problem solving, and evaluative reasoning.

    Students will be able to:
    a. Identify a problem/issue/concept.
    b. Gather/generate information and/or ideas.
    c. Analyze the connections among the ideas, facts, goals, and implicit assumptions relevant to a situation.
    d. Formulate solutions and/or processes and identify potential consequences.
    d. Select and implement a solution, process, or decision.
    e. Evaluate and modify the solution, process or decision as appropriate.

  3. Information Technology

    Goal:To develop students’ skills in and knowledge of computers and other technology.

    Students will be able to:
    a. Perform basic keyboarding skills.
    b. Perform basic word processing skills.
    c. Access and manipulate information electronically.
    d. Define basic computer terminology and functions.
    e. Use technological equipment.
  4. Mathematical/Scientific Reasoning

    Mathematical Reasoning Goal:To increase students’ skills in and knowledge of mathematical and logical modes of thinking.

    Students will be able to:
    a. Use critical thinking skills to solve mathematical problems.
    b. Solve problems using appropriate mathematical methods.
    c. Demonstrate ability to apply mathematical reasoning in a variety of disciplines.
    d. Demonstrate an increased level of confidence in their own mathematical abilities.

    OR

    Scientific Reasoning Goal:To improve students’ understanding of scientific principles and of the methods of scientific inquiry.

    Students will be able to:
    a. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific principles, vocabulary, and the methods of scientific inquiry and communication of results.
    b. Demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data and use critical thinking to interpret experimental results.
  5. Citizenship and Ethics

    Goal:To develop students’ capacity to understand the ways in which they can exercise responsible and productive citizenship.

    Students will be able to:
    a. Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, or scientific issues.
    b. Examine, articulate and apply their own ethical views.
    c. Participate in an opportunity for civic engagement.
  6. Diversity

    Goal:To increase students’ understanding and acceptance of individual and group differences (e.g. cultures, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, class).

    Students will be able to:
    a. Demonstrate interpersonal skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.
    b. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding human diversity.

The Itasca Community College faculty and staff believe the first year is critical to the academic success and personal growth of our students. To best serve the unique needs of first-year students, we will:

  • give students individual attention in a safe, supportive, and friendly environment
  • provide high-quality instruction communicate and uphold high academic expectations
  • establish positive advising relationships
  • support an environment in which students experience and express diverse worldviews
  • offer a comprehensive range of activities to enhance learning and personal growth
  • encourage students to make connections with others on the campus and in the community
  • evaluate the results of our efforts and use them for continuous improvement

Our commitment is to provide every first-year student with the best place to start.

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