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Mission Statement (Common to all UHCC) by kab69401


									To: LCC Faculty and Staff

The Mission Statement Committee was appointed by Chancellor Silliman in the Spring 2003
semester to decide whether a revision of the mission statement was warranted and if it was, to
recommend revisions to the statement. The committee has completed a draft of the revised
mission statement and request that the campus review our recommendations and provide us your
comments and feedback.

Scope of the Revisions
Where the current mission statement consists of a list of the broad areas of educational
responsibility common to the UH community colleges, the revised mission statement consists of
two additional sections. One section articulates the values that help define the unique culture of
LCC. It represents the core values that affect the manner in which LCC carries out its mission.
The second section sets the programmatic priorities for the college that reflect the needs of the
community we serve. With the addition of the last two sections, the committee hopes to
differentiate LCC from the other community colleges in the UH system. Accrediting
Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) standards call for the institution to
review its mission statement on a regular basis and to revise it as necessary. It would probably
be the programmatic priorities that would be revised when necessary.

ACCJC and the UHCC Mission Statement
Mark Silliman, shared with the committee that the ACCJC in its report on the Substantive
Change visit in April 2003 was concerned that the reorganization of the University of Hawaii,
“not detract from the comprehensive mission of the community colleges.” In response to the
ACCJC concern, Vice President for Academic Affairs, David McClain, reported to the
Community College Chancellors that the current BOR mission statement on community colleges
would be left unchanged. One consequence of this decision is the establishment of a common
mission statement, approved by the BOR that would apply to all UH Community Colleges.
Given these circumstances, the committee is recommending that LCC include the latest UHCC
mission statement, which appears in the University of Hawaii Community Colleges Strategic
Plan, 2002-2010. The UHCC statement differs from LCC’s official mission statement in that it
includes international education and a commitment to diversity as part of its mission. The
college is already involved in international education and its inclusion in our mission statement
would better reflect activities that we are already undertaking. Diversity is also a value that has
been part of the college culture from its beginning, so inclusion of a statement about valuing
diversity makes explicit, a value that we have always held and followed.

Revised Mission Statement
Please review the three sections that follow, especially the statements on LCC’s core values and
the program priorities for the college. Following the format in the current LCC catalog, the
statement of values lays the groundwork for the common mission statement. The program
priorities follow from the broad statements of the common mission. We would appreciate any
comments you may have about these additions. You can respond via e-mail or by contacting any
of the committee members with your feedback. Contact information for committee members is
listed at the end of this document.
                                                                      Draft for Discussion Only
                                                                             November 12, 2003

From the Faculty and Staff of Leeward Community College:
A Comment on Fundamentals
We of Leeward Community College hold essential the values of pluralism and personal
autonomy—we are both of our community and in our community. We believe in the dignity and
potential of each individual and the power of that belief to help people learn and grow. We
structure our programs to reflect not only academic rigor but also student outcomes and student
goals. Our commitment to provide affordable, adaptable, and flexible educational opportunities
is firmly rooted in our conviction that each individual—traditional and non-traditional—has
unique talents. We take every effort to provide an educational environment that accepts people
as they are, and we encourage teaching methods that support diverse learning styles.
Individually and collectively, we at Leeward Community College aspire to excellence.

Mission of the College
As one of the seven community colleges of the University of Hawaii, the overall mission of
Leeward Community College is contained in the following:
    Access: To broaden access to postsecondary education in Hawaii, regionally, and
       internationally by providing open-door opportunities for students to enter quality
       educational programs within their own communities.
    Learning and Teaching: To specialize in the effective teaching of
       remedial/developmental education, general education, and other introductory liberal arts,
       pre-professional, and selected baccalaureate courses and programs.
    Work Force Development: To provide the trained workforce needed in the State, the
       Asia-Pacific region, and internationally by offering occupational, technical, and
       professional courses and programs which prepare students for immediate employment
       and career advancement.
    Personal Development: To provide opportunities for personal enrichment, occupational
       upgrading, and career mobility through credit and non-credit courses and activities.
    Community Development: To contribute to and stimulate the cultural and intellectual
       life of the community by providing a forum for the discussion of ideas; by providing
       leadership, knowledge, problem-solving skills, and general informational services; and by
       providing opportunities for community members to develop their creativity and
       appreciate the creative endeavors of others.
    Diversity: By building upon Hawaii’s unique multi-cultural environment and geographic
       location, through efforts in curriculum development, and productive relationships with
       international counterparts in Asia and the Pacific Rim, students’ learning experiences will
       prepare them for the global workplace.

Within this context, the special mission of Leeward Community College is to serve the residents
of our diverse community, which include the following:
     Waianae Coast communities with a strong Native Hawaiian population, where LCC has
        had a satellite campus for more than 30 years,
      Kapolei, identified as the fastest population growth area on Oahu and the site of a
       projected tourism center comparable in size to Waikiki,
      Ewa, Waipahu, Wahiawa and the North Shore, communities actively transitioning from
       an agricultural base to a more diversified economic base;
      Pearl City, Aiea, and Halawa, old local neighborhoods reflecting a mix of early
       immigrant groups with recent immigrant groups; and
      Mililani, Waipio Gentry, and Waikele, maturing middle income, suburban communities.

   More than ever, fulfilling the community college mission to respond in a timely fashion to
   the changing needs of the community is crucial. LCC is poised to both support the
   community and be a proactive partner in building a stronger community and vital economy.
   Leeward will focus specifically on
    Teacher education both at the pre-professional and in-service level for potential or current
       employees of the Hawaii State Department of Education;
    Workforce development training in the areas of tourism, agriculture and health; and
    Programs that combine the advances in technology with the arts.


         Member                  Ext.             E-mail address
Judy Kappenberg, Chair           284
Larry Andres                     236
Kathleen R. Cabral               524
James De Ste Croix               340
Frances Kwock                    294
Gloria Santiago                  391
Derrick Uyeda                    462
Ida Yoshinaga                    527

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