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NCC's Mission

Northwest Iowa Community College is a progressive learning college rapidly responding to the global needs of our changing community.

Vision 
We are driven to be the community college of choice for lifelong learning, personal development, and retraining.

Guiding Principles 
• We believe that as a comprehensive community college we will respond to our communities’ needs.
• We believe that all people can learn.
• We believe that education is an investment in our communities.
• We believe that accessible, lifelong educational opportunities enable people the opportunity to maximize their potential and improve quality of life.
• We believe in embracing diversity by supporting the dignity and worth of all individuals.
• We believe in maintaining high standards through innovation and continuous improvement.
• We believe that effective leadership, education, training and partnerships from all sectors enhance community and economic development.
• We believe that responsible stewardship ensures fiscal stability.
• We believe in embracing a growth-oriented philosophy.
• We believe in maintaining high ethical standards.

General Education Statement 
Northwest Iowa Community College is committed to providing students opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable them to graduate, continue their education, pursue the career of their choice, and be productive citizens. To meet this educational goal, all programs at Northwest Iowa Community College will encompass not only program-specific learning outcomes, but also general education learning outcomes in the areas of Personal Development, Global Perspective, Critical Thinking, Written and Oral Communication, and Math. These learning outcomes are taught and assessed in classes, labs, field experiences, and other co-curricular activities.

Personal Development - Students display personal development when they:
• Engage in leadership/teamwork activities.
• Exhibit ethical behavior.
• Show life skills including self awareness, self advocacy, time management, fiscal responsibility, the ability to access information, and others.
• Demonstrate civic engagement and social responsibility.

Global Perspective - Students display a global perspective when they:
• Show awareness of one’s own values and beliefs while showing respect for the ideas, values and beliefs of others.
• Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics and issues of one’s own culture as well as other cultures.
• Participate responsibly as a world citizen in our global environment.

Critical Thinking - Students display critical thinking when they:
• Identify the problem.
• Find relevant information.
• Evaluate information.
• Make decisions based on information and strategies.
• Assess decisions.

Written and Oral Communication - Students display written and oral communication skills when they:
• Organize ideas and information coherently and logically.
• Articulate ideas and information clearly and concisely.
• Use language that is appropriate for the situation and audience.
• Read and comprehend a variety of texts.
• Listen attentively to a variety of messages.

Math - Students display math skills when they:
• Perform basic math computations using the appropriate methods and/or technologies.
• Demonstrate an understanding of measurement systems, the selection and use of measuring tools, and the appropriate application of measurement data.
• Construct and interpret tabular and graphical information.
• Apply computational reasoning in both personal and professional settings.

NCC Strategic Initiatives 
Enhancing Student Success: Northwest Iowa Community College is dedicated to enhancing student success by facilitating processes where every individual can realize their full potential through learning.

Expanding Opportunities for Students and Communities: Northwest Iowa Community College will pursue, strengthen, and expand learning opportunities for our students and communities through partnerships and new initiatives.

Developing Alternative Resources: Northwest Iowa Community College will aggressively pursue alternative resources that will sustain and augment programs and facilities.

Expanding Enrollment Initiatives: Northwest Iowa Community College is committed to expanding enrollment initiatives to ensure future viability of the College’s vision and mission.

Embracing a Collaborative Culture: Northwest Iowa Community College faculty, staff and administration are devoted to embracing collaboration and communication that will serve as the foundation in planning for the future.

BOARD POLICY 101
Educational Policy
Statement of Guiding Principles

• Northwest Iowa Community College, a two-year educational institution, establishes the following beliefs as a foundation upon which the College provides education and services.
• We believe that as a comprehensive community college we respond to our communities’ needs.
• We believe that all people can learn.
• We believe that education is an investment in our communities.
• We believe that accessible, lifelong educational opportunities enable people the opportunity to maximize their potential and improve quality of life.
• We believe in embracing diversity by supporting the dignity and worth of all individuals.
• We believe in maintaining high standards through innovation and continuous improvement.
• We believe that effective leadership, education training, and partnerships from all sectors enhance community and economic development.
• We believe that responsible stewardship ensures fiscal stability.
• We believe in embracing a growth-oriented philosophy.
• We believe in maintaining high ethical standards.

BOARD POLICY 201
Board of Trustees - Policy and Function
Statement of Guiding Principles

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to recognize and maintain the distinction between those activities which are appropriate to the Board of Trustees as the governing body of Northwest Iowa Community College, and those administrative activities which are to be performed by the President and his/her staff in the exercise of delegated administrative authority.

BOARD POLICY 301
Administrative Function
Statement of Guiding Principles

It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to establish the qualifications and conditions of the employment for the College President. The Board of Trustees shall also establish the parameters within which the College President shall conduct College business.

BOARD POLICY 401-A,B,C,D,E
Personnel
Statement of Guiding Principles
The goal of the Board of Trustees is to provide quality educational programs and services. Success in attaining this goal is largely dependent on the competency of the college faculty and staff. It is therefore the policy of the Board of Trustees that quality professional and supporting personnel shall be recruited and employed for all positions.

BOARD POLICY 501
Student Personnel
Statement of Guiding Principles
It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to protect the rights of each individual while at the same time promoting the welfare of all students. Services provided to students are focused upon maximizing educational experiences.

BOARD POLICY 601
Educational Program and Instruction
Statement of Guiding Principles
Northwest Iowa Community College shall be sensitive to diverse student needs, changing technology, transferability of course work, global competition, labor market requirements, and the needs of lifelong learning. All students should be given the opportunity to develop their potential. To meet the needs of the College’s student population, programs shall be provided which are varied in content, delivery and academic requirements.

BOARD POLICY 701
Business and Operating Procedures
Statement of Guiding Principles
The Board of Trustees recognizes that its primary purpose is to provide quality education and service within the financial limits of the College. The Board of Trustees also recognizes its responsibility to the citizens of Merged Area IV for the efficient use of public funds and to conduct college affairs in a business-like manner.

BOARD POLICY 801
Community Relations
Statement of Guiding Principles
It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to keep area constituents informed of the mission, goals, needs, conditions, and achievements of the College. The President is responsible for initiating and administering a continuous program of communication between Northwest Iowa Community College and Merged Area IV communities.

Foundation Mission Statement
The mission of the Northwest Iowa Community College Foundation is to attract and manage financial resources, enhance awareness of the College, and to support access to lifelong learning opportunities.

Business & Industry Mission Statement
The NCC Business & Industry Center strives to be industry's first source for providing confidential assessments, knowledge solutions and customized skill building.

Philosophy:
• Employers and their employees are valued customers.
• Each customer has unique, time sensitive needs which demand customized and effective solutions.

Institutional Advancement & External Affairs Division Mission Statement
The Institutional Advancement & External Affairs Division will actively engage in the development of the college and promote awareness to the communities we serve, while supporting NCC’s mission.
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