ERIC Number: ED363363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-29
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Mission Statement for a Comprehensive Urban Community College.
Oromaner, Mark; Fujita, Eleanor
In 1977, a Board of Trustees was established for Hudson County Community College (HCCC), in New Jersey, with a mission to provide entry-level occupational certificates and associate of applied science degrees to students seeking preparation for employment. This original mission statement specifically stated that HCCC was not to be a comprehensive institution, but as the college's service area and the needs of its clientele have changed, its mission statement has also been revised to adapt to the changing conditions. In February 1983, the first revision was undertaken, widening the scope of the college's mission to include transfer-oriented curricula. Then, in September 1992, a 6-month process was initiated by representatives of the college and the external community to develop a new mission statement to reflect the addition of a liberal arts degree program. This process included reviews of exemplary mission statements, state documents, and educational and economic projections for Hudson County. In addition, questionnaires were sent to over 1,117 college and community members soliciting perceptions regarding an appropriate mission for HCCC. Responses were received from 367 individuals, representing HCCC students and faculty, Hudson County businesses, and community agencies. The resulting mission statement dedicates the college to general education, career education, developmental education, community services, professional development, transfer, and liberal arts. The 1993 mission statement is included. Details of the mission survey (internal and external samples and respondents) are appended. (ECC)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Planning, Community Colleges, Community Surveys, Cooperative Planning, Educational Change, General Education, Institutional Advancement, Institutional Mission, Liberal Arts, Mission Statements, Policy Formation, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Surveys, Transfer Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ.