Mission, Vision and Values

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Mission Statement

Century College inspires, prepares, and empowers students to succeed in a changing world.

This means:

  • We inspire students to learn and to develop as whole people: intellectually, physically, and emotionally
  • We inspire students to continue learning throughout life
  • We prepare and empower students to be successful by helping them develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to enter or progress within the work force or to transfer to a four-year institution, and to adapt and thrive in our increasingly diverse and ever-changing world.

Vision Statement

To be a national leader in transforming lives through an innovative, rigorous, and compassionate approach to education.

This means:

  • We continually strive to strengthen and improve the positive impact we have on our students and community: transforming their lives, as well as our own, through our work
  • We will become known nationally as an institution that "makes a difference"
  • We continually strive to innovate – finding new and more effective ways to educate and serve students
  • We sustain rigor in our work – holding high standards and expectations for both our students and for ourselves
  • We approach our work with compassion – acknowledging the whole person, working with integrity and caring, accepting people where they are and moving them forward without sacrificing standards or expectations; bringing joy, honesty, and understanding to our work.

Values Statement

The Century College community values:

  • inspiring learning
  • broadening perspectives
  • pursuing excellence
  • responding to community needs
  • achieving goals
  • transforming lives
  • celebrating achievement

Revised and Adopted December 2008.
Approved by the Minnesota State College and Universities Board of Trustees January 2009.