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Mission, Vision, Values


Olympic College enriches our diverse communities through quality education and support so students achieve their educational goals. 


(Adopted 3/99, Reaffirmed 6/05 and 8/08, revised 11/12)


At Olympic College we envision learning as a life enhancing journey of discovery where:

I.    Our students are life-long learners in a global society.

To realize our vision, we will focus on student learning and success, promoting learning through accessible education, personalized service, adaptive and innovative teaching, and an ongoing commitment to academic excellence.

II.   Our employees are empowered to achieve the college mission.

To realize our vision, we will appreciate and value our employees, providing opportunities to enhance professional skills, encouraging learning and advancement, and prioritizing and sharing institutional resources.

III.  Our community recognizes the college as its cornerstone of learning.

To realize our vision, we will develop strong community partnerships and fulfill our role as a cultural center, enriching those we serve by creating relevant educational options and bringing a diverse array of activities to the region.

(Adopted January 2008) 


We honor our shared values by holding ourselves and each other accountable for:

1.     A Dedication to Public Service and Higher Education

To demonstrate our values we…

a.  Commit ourselves to student learning and success
b.  Embrace the wide-ranging mission of the community college
c.  Meet or exceed professional standards of practice and ethics
d.  Champion the principles of academic freedom and intellectual honesty
e.  Foster innovation, creativity, and flexibility in our efforts to offer exemplary education and service
f.  Regularly evaluate our practice and make changes to better support those who are underserved


2.     A Commitment to Life-long Learning

To demonstrate our values we…

a.  Assess our work rigorously and reflectively to improve our knowledge
b.  Improve our practices and behaviors as we learn better ways of working
c.  Take thoughtful risks to acquire new perspectives and skills
d.  Create a learning environment in which each learner is welcomed, encouraged and supported


3.     The Practice of Civil and Constructive Discourse and Respect for Diversity

To demonstrate our values we…

a.  Exemplify civility as a hallmark of our institution
b.  Appreciate and listen to one another with respect for our differences
c.  Acknowledge that our own cultural conditioning influences our perceptions of other people
d.  Are open-minded problem solvers who manage conflicts proactively and effectively


4.     A Quest for Community and Environmental Health

To demonstrate our values we…

a.  Contribute to the wellbeing and sustainability of our community
b.  Serve as stewards of our environment
c.  Study and model choices and practices that enhance environmental health, economic vitality, and social justice


5.     The Thoughtful Use of Our Finite Resources, including Ourselves

To demonstrate our values we…

a.  Empower employees to assert leadership and engage in institutional decision making
b.  Develop, prioritize and communicate our goals collaboratively
c.  Identify, share, and make the most effective use of our resources
d.  Work together to accomplish our tasks and achieve the college mission
e.  Strive for a balanced work environment in which we are efficient and competent, but also kind and friendly

Olympic College measures its effectiveness and fulfillment of the Mission by using the achievement indicators found in the College’s Core Themes.

(Adopted June 2008)