Vision, Mission, Values, Goals
Learning for Success
Our mission is to provide an engaging teaching and learning environment for students of diverse origins, experiences, needs, abilities, and goals. As a comprehensive community college, we support and encourage students who are pursuing transfer-readiness, general education, basic skills, career and technical training, aesthetic and cultural enrichment, and lifelong education. We are committed to helping our students achieve the learning outcomes necessary to contribute as individuals and global citizens living responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and ever-changing world.
Palomar College is dedicated to empowering students to succeed and cultivating an appreciation of learning. Through ongoing planning and self-evaluation we strive for continual improvement in our endeavors. In creating the learning and cultural experiences that fulfill our mission and ensure the public's trust, we are guided by our core values of:
- Excellence in teaching, learning, and service
- Integrity as the foundation for all we do
- Access to our programs and services
- Equity and the fair treatment of all in our policies and procedures
- Diversity in learning environments, philosophies, cultures, beliefs, and people
- Inclusiveness of individual and collective viewpoints in collegial decision-making processes
- Mutual respect and trust through transparency, civility, and open communications
- Creativity and innovation in engaging students, faculty, staff, and administrators
- Physical presence and participation in the community
Goal 1: Implement an integrated planning, review, and evaluation model that
provides for the allocation of resources on the basis of department/unit
and college-wide priorities.
Objective 1.1 Update existing Educational Master
Plan, Facilities Plan, and Technology Master Plans and create Staffing
Plan and Equipment Plans in accordance with the college’s Integrated
Planning and Resource Allocation Model.
Objective 1.2 Establish a method in each planning council to evaluate
the effectiveness of the previous year’s allocations and to prioritize
current year allocations.
Objective 1.3 Modify the budget development process, ensuring that
Program Review and Planning, Strategic Planning and Master Planning
priorities are the basis of resource allocation decisions.
Objective 1.4 Annually evaluate the extent to which
the college’s Integrated Planning Model reflects the college’s mission
and results in improvement.
Goal 2: Strengthen programs and services in order to
support our students’ educational goals.
Objective 2.1 Open a Teaching and Learning Center
on the San Marcos campus, as identified in the college’s basic skills
Objective 2.2 Examine the processes by which
students progress through English, mathematics, reading, and ESL
Objective 2.3 Implement the GRAD (Goal,
Responsibility, Attitude, Determination) campaign which encourages
students to take responsibility for achieving their educational goals.
Objective 2.4 Implement Student Learning Outcomes
Assessment Cycles (SLOACs) and Services Area Outcomes Assessment Cycles
(SAOACs) at the course, program, and institutional level to further
improve institutional effectiveness.
Objective 2.5 Establish processes to ensure the
quality of distance education offerings.
Goal 3: Ensure that the college’s shared governance
structure operates effectively and that the processes for
decision-making are clearly defined and participatory.
Objective 3.1 Create a glossary of governance
Objective 3.2 Develop and implement an annual
orientation program on college governance.
Objective 3.3 Create a centralized archive
documenting institutional history: major planning council
recommendations, precedent-setting decisions, and the evolution of
shared governance structures.
Objective 3.4 Develop and implement a method for
assessing the effectiveness of the shared governance process.
Goal 4: Recruit, hire, and support diverse faculty and
staff to meet the needs of students.
Objective 4.1 Complete an EEO Plan.
Objective 4.2 Develop a staffing plan that
identifies minimum and optimum staffing levels throughout the district.
Objective 4.3 Evaluate the extent to which staffing
plans and decisions reflect the needs expressed in the Council and
Goal 5: Ensure that existing and future facilities
support learning, programs, and services.
Objective 5.1 Develop and implement a plan for
opening the North Education Center.
Objective 5.2 Consider space for student engagement
and interaction in the design of new and renovated buildings.
Objective 5.3 Identify and purchase a site for
future development of another Education Center in accordance with the
Goal 6: Optimize the technological environment to
provide effective programs and services throughout the district.
Objective 6.1 Update Technology Master Plan 2005 to
Disaster preparedness and data security
Ongoing technology, maintenance and replacement