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.
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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:
Itasca Community College will serve as an inclusive educational community that enables all learners to achieve their desired educational goals.
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.
Itasca Community College will be innovative in meeting the educational needs of our learners, community, and region.
Itasca Community College will integrate itself into the community through our students, employee involvement, and community partners.
Strategic Direction with Directional Goals
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.
Foundational Goals & Outcomes
ICC Foundational (Level 1)
General Education Goals and Outcomes
Goal: To develop students’ skills in the use of written and oral language in the various contexts of academic and professional life.Students will be able to:a. Read, evaluate, synthesize, and apply information from a variety of sources.b. Understand and demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, and editing.c. Write and speak clearly, concisely, and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.d. Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.e. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
- 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/conceptb. 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.e. Select and implement a solution, process, or decision.f. Evaluate and modify the solution, process or decision as appropriate.
- Information Technology
Goal: To develop students’ skills in and knowledge of computers and other technology.Students will be able to:a. Perform basic computer application skillsb. Access and manipulate information electronicallyc. Define basic computer terminology and functions.d. Use technology appropriate to educational focus.
- 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 and higher-order mathematical skills to solve problems.b. Solve problems using appropriate mathematical methods and clearly express solution using verbal and written skills.c. Demonstrate ability to apply mathematical reasoning in a variety of disciplines and logically interpret the results.
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.c. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate evidence and to make informed science-based judgments.
- 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 in a civil manner.c. Participate in civic engagement.
Goal: To increase students’ understanding and acceptance of individual and group differences (e.g. cultures, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, etc.) to promote inclusivity.
Students will be able to:
a. Demonstrate interpersonal skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with an increasingly diverse population.
b. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and biases regarding human diversity.
- In order to include a foundational goal on a course outlines, 50% of the outcomes for that foundational goal must be met. The exception is the diversity goal, where both outcomes must be met.
- Programs must cover all foundational goals.
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