About Itasca

Mission

Itasca Community College is committed to providing accessible, high-quality education that empowers our learners to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers.

Vision

Best in engaged learning...best in community partnerships...best in empowering people!

Values

Integrity - 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:

  • Focus on learners and learning - Itasca Community College believes that public higher education is key to the success of the people and communities it serves
  • Collaboration - Itasca Community College values engagement within the institution and the community in working toward shared goals and the common good.
  • Responsiveness - Itasca Community College Values accessibility, flexibility, and the agility to anticipate and respond to learner and community needs.
  • Access - Itasca Community College embraces diversity and values service to all learners.

Strategic Direction 1: Increase access, opportunity and success.

Goals:

  1. Advance K-12 partnerships to increase the number of college-ready students and develop pathways for academic success.
  2. Create and implement an intrusive advising methodology, an early semester evaluation/student feedback process enabling faculty to better understand barriers to student success and identify solutions.

Strategic Direction 2: Achieve high quality learning through a commitment to academic excellence and accountability.

Goals:

  1. Expand efforts in assessing and improving student learning through asssessment at the program level; adopt TracDat and implement college-wide assessment and evaluation tool to track data for continuous quality improvement.
  2. Increase/expand faculty development opportunities related to teaching today's students - promising and best practices in engaged/deep learning.
  3. Develop fiscal plan to upgrade physical plant, lab spaces and natural environment to improve overall learning experience.

Strategic Direction 3: Provide learning opportunities, programs and services to enhance the global economic competitiveness of the state, its regions and its people.

Goals:

  1. Develop learning opportunities and campus action plans around cultural diversity, it improve understanding of global issues and better prepare our students for a diverse world.
  2. Expand customized training programs that speak to improving the competitive advantage of our service region.

Strategic Direction 4: Innovate to meet current and future educational needs.

Goals:

  1. Determine three to four attainable goals in partnership with education, business and industry partners that meet training and educational needs and advance the area's economy.
  2. Evaluate and identify educational gaps and needs of current students and adopt campus-wide initiatives to address these needs.

Strategic Direction 5: Sustain financial viability during changing economic and market conditions.

Goals:

  1. Explore alternative ways to tell our story and market ICC (improve website)
  2. Explore and encourage sustainable behaviors such as conservation of electricity, supplies, etc; conduct a comprehensive study on lighting and heating efficiencies on campus.

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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