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Mission Statement, College Vision, Values and Goals

Mission Statement

Golden West College’s mission is to create an intellectually and culturally stimulating learning environment for students and the community. Our students improve their basic skills, develop and enhance career opportunities, and/or prepare for transfer to a four-year institution as they become productive citizens and lifelong learners.


Golden West College is committed to excellence and endeavors to provide an optimum teaching and learning environment. This will be demonstrated by innovation which embraces demographic and technological changes.


Our values are the ideals that guide us in our commitment to student learning and to the vitality of our community. The following ten ideals (in alpha order) represent the foundation for our mission. They guide us in our daily decisions, as well as inspire and motivate us to accomplish our goals.

Access and Equity.  We value and strive to ensure open access to our college and equitable opportunities for all the residents of our community.

Campus Environment.  We value and support “Spirit of Place” through which the people, buildings, and grounds all serve to convey to our students that they are welcome and that our college is a special place of learning.

Collaborative Climate.  We support active participation based on trust, openness, consistency, and respect in the college’s decision-making process. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to work together to solve problems by listening to one another, by speaking honestly, and by demonstrating ethical behavior and responsibility for the good of the college.

Excellence and Innovation.  We work to provide a quality educational environment for students by embracing a culture of assessment and continual improvement. We are inspired by our founding president’s dictum to “Let Change Be the Tradition,” to encourage innovation, creative problem solving, and to welcome changes that will enhance the College’s ability to fulfill its mission.

Inclusiveness and Diversity.  We value diversity and recognize the contributions of all individuals. We support the free and open exchange of thoughts and ideas in an environment that embraces mutual respect and civility.

Leadership.  We promote active leadership for students, faculty, and staff at all levels of the institution and through partnerships with the community at large. We embrace our responsibility to clearly communicate, inspire, and proactively respond to the changing needs of our students and community.

Learning.  We aspire to high academic standards and support the personal growth of all our students. We are committed to student learning that culminates in identified student outcomes.

Stewardship and Sustainability.  We are responsible for utilizing and developing our human, environmental, and fiscal resources efficiently and effectively and in a manner consistent with the principles of health and sustainability.

Teaching.  We value the primary role that faculty play in providing students with a dynamic and challenging environment that maximizes learning. We also acknowledge the important roles that classified staff and managers perform in support of students and their learning.

Technology.  We value the role that technology plays in reducing barriers to learning, increasing access to educational opportunities, creating new ways of addressing students’ learning needs, and enhancing the administrative aspects of serving students and faculty.

GWC College Goals 2010-16

1. Institutional Mission and Effectiveness

GWC will demonstrate a strong commitment to student learning. The College will ensure program excellence through the assessment of student learning, student achievement, and service outcomes.

2. Student Learning Programs and Services

a. Instructional Programs
GWC will maintain and refine a portfolio of strong programs that support our institutional mission.

b. Student Support Services
GWC will strengthen student support pathways by delivering effective services that minimize barriers and promote student enrollment, persistence, and completion.  

c. Library and Learning Support Services
GWC will maintain, assess, and strengthen both services and resources in the Library, Tutoring Center, Learning centers, and Computer laboratories.

3. Resources

a. Human Resources 
As we realign our staffing, GWC will maximize the benefits of diversity, strengthen staff development activities, and increase the effectiveness of evaluations.

b. Facilities & Campus Environment
GWC will create, maintain, and enhance a safe campus environment conducive to student learning by utilizing resources in ways that are sustainable.

c. Technology
GWC will leverage technology resources to facilitate student learning, campus communication, and institutional effectiveness.

d. Fiscal Resources
GWC will effectively manage financial resources to sufficiently support, maintain and enhance student learning programs and services.

4. Participatory Governance  and Leadership

a. Planning Processes & Decision-Making
GWC will utilize participatory governance and effective, ethical leadership to continuously assess and improve the institution.

b. District Collaboration
GWC will proactively engage in participatory governance activities with sister colleges and district offices to better serve our students and community while maintaining college autonomy.

5. Community Engagement

a. Community Relations
GWC will actively seek additional opportunities to serve as the educational center for its local community.

b. Business, Industry and Governmental Partnerships
GWC will utilize systematic processes for building partnerships with local businesses, industries and governmental agencies to promote contract education, student internships, faculty externships, and fundraising.