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Core Values

Core Values

The Columbia College community is committed to following a set of enduring Core Values. These values are focused on the development of a sustainable institution and serve to guide the institution through changing times and shape our Mission, Vision, and Goals.


Academic Excellence and Success:
We value the commitment to quality and support continuous improvement through student learning outcomes. We are committed to a comprehensive curriculum and services that support and foster a culture of academic wellness for all of our students.


Innovation, Professional Development, and Commonality:
We value creativity, risk-taking, and vision. We value others, ourselves, and our students as unique individuals and embrace the commonalities and the differences that promote the best of who we are.


Transformational Learning:
We value and promote critical and creative thinking. We value learning as a lifelong process of change in the pursuit of knowledge and personal growth.


Vital Community and Access:
We value and believe it is essential to assist the broader community in gaining access to higher education and achieving success in their chosen endeavors. Columbia College values its role in the community and is dedicated to strengthening and enriching the quality of life of all those we serve.


Environmental Sustainability:
We value our living planet. We accept responsibility and adopt practices to protect the environment for future generations and share these values with others.


Civic Awareness:
We value civic and global awareness. We promote the understanding and betterment of our planet by engaging our community.


Shared Decision Making:
We value shared decision making that provides each of us the opportunity to participate in building consensus. We value individual and collective responsibility and accountability.


Positive Environment:
We value the preservation of the unique cultural and aesthetic environment of Columbia College which is welcoming, pleasing, and safe.


Collegiality and Professionalism:
We value kindness and respect in all our interactions. We support, promote and demonstrate understanding, civility, cooperation and mutual respect among all of its employees, students, and community members.


Institutional Wellness:
We value an institutional environment and culture that promotes and supports total health and wellness of staff and students.

 

Adopted by Columbia College Council on February 3, 2012