Mission, Vision,  and Core Values Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Mission Statement

Centered in the Sierra foothills, Columbia College offers students of diverse backgrounds many opportunities for discovery and success. Through a supportive and engaging learning environment, students master foundational skills, explore their passions, attain degrees and certificates, and pursue career and transfer pathways. We collaborate with surrounding communities to cultivate intellectual, cultural and economic vitality. Columbia College inspires students to become inquisitive, creative, and thoughtful life-long learners.

 Reaffirmed by Columbia College Council on January 18, 2019
Approved by the YCCD Board of Trustees on April 10, 2019


Vision Statement

Columbia College - the college of choice for transformational learning in the Sierra foothills.

Reaffirmed by Columbia College Council on February 22, 2019
Approved by the YCCD Board of Trustees on April 10, 2019


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 high quality education via a robust curriculum designed to meet the career and transfer needs of our community.  We equally value an environment of academic success and wellness for all of our students through effectively integrated support services.

Transformational Learning and Growth:
We value and promote creativity, innovation, experimentation, and critical thinking. We value learning and the pursuit of knowledge as lifelong processes of transformational personal and professional growth.

Assessment and Improvement:
We value continuous improvement through the assessment of student learning outcomes, program effectiveness, and our decision-making processes.  We use the results of these assessments to pursue improvements in our courses, programs, practices, and student outcomes.

Vital Community and Access:
We value and believe it is essential to assist members of 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.

Collegiality and Professionalism:     
We value kindness and respect in all our interactions. We support, promote and demonstrate understanding, civility, cooperation and acceptance. We strive for excellence and foster a spirit of collegiality and professionalism. 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. We value individual and collective responsibility and accountability.

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

Participatory Decision Making:
We value participatory decision making that provides each of us the opportunity to contribute ideas, bring forth concerns, and explore options in developing consensus. We value the roles of our leaders and representatives, share with them our impressions on matters of importance, and trust them to carry our input forward for discussion and consensus building.

Civic Awareness:
We value civic and global awareness of contemporary issues. We promote the understanding and betterment of society and our world by engaging our students, staff and surrounding community in meaningful discussions and activities.

Environmental Sustainability:
We value our living planet by accepting responsibility and adopting practices to protect the environment for future generations and sharing these values with others.

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

Reaffirmed by Columbia College Council on April 19, 2019

Approved by the YCCD Board of Trustees on September 11, 2019

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