Crowder College Guiding Principles

Mission
Building a civil, serving, literate, learning community of responsible citizens.

Vision
Crowder College provides a student-centered learning environment where all students have the potential to become successful lifelong learners and productive members of the community.  In a climate of intellectual freedom, Crowder College strives to develop each individual’s ability to master the content of learning, interact constructively with people from diverse backgrounds, consider differing viewpoints, exhibit ethical behaviors, and serve their communities.

Philosophy
The Crowder College family lives by the principles of servant leadership.  The faculty and staff believe modeling leadership through service creates an environment of academic excellence and encourages our students to lead by serving in their communities.

Values
The Crowder College formally adopted these values as ones that, as a college family, we should continuously be engaged in….

Caring:  in honoring the inherent worth of each individual and in demonstrating that worth through expressions and acts of caring and concern toward each person served by the college.

The Pursuit of Learning:  in exploring and putting into practice the best that is known about how people learn and develop as human beings.

Fostering Creativity and Innovation:  in exploring new ideas, trying new approaches, encouraging calculated risks when the potential result seems promising, and in keeping that works and casting aside what does not.

Ethical Behavior:  in demonstrating through personal action that people should relate to each other ethically – with honesty, responsibility, personal integrity, and a desire to be fair in all of their dealings.

Working Collaboratively:  in ensuring that every person in the organization shares in shaping the college’s future and is valued for his or her contribution.

Serving Others:  in helping each person touched by the college become freer, wiser, and better able to serve themselves through our service to them.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision
To accomplish our mission of building a civil, serving, literate, learning community of responsible citizens, Crowder College is committed to fostering an environment of respect, equity, and inclusion.  Crowder College will provide civic engagement opportunities; thus, forging a diverse society and globally connected world.

To reach this vision, Crowder College will:

  • encourage curricular, cocurricular, and professional development activities that prepare stakeholders for informed citizenship and workplace success.
  • demonstrate inclusive and equitable treatment of diverse populations.
  • respect all students, faculty, and staff from a range of diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives.
  • model inclusive and equitable treatment of diverse populations in the community.
  • support and empower faculty, staff, and the community to share ideas, opinions and ways of thinking.


Organizational Structure and Shared Governance
The Board of Trustees of Crowder College is committed to fostering collaboration, communication, and access to information among its faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders.  The organizational structure of the College is one based on the principles of shared governance.

Administration of policy and management of day-to-day operations are responsibilities of the administrative team under the direction of the College President. The administration believes that operational responsibility, budget development and control, and authority to manage assigned responsibilities should be delegated to the appropriate level, and strives to make the decision-making process one of broad discussion and participation.

As part of its system of shared governance, the College has developed a committee structure designed to include input from a majority of employees. The structure involves the use of leadership, division, and standing committees as well as the establishment of action teams as needed to work on specific assignments.

Institutional Learning Outcomes
Communication and Information Literacy Skills
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to express ideas and information effectively and disseminate appropriate information.

Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills
Students will be able to gather and synthesize relevant information, evaluate alternatives, and implement creative and effective solutions.

Civic Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning Skills
Students will be able to understand and articulate the various perspectives of ethical issues and understand ways they can exercise responsible citizenship in response to their learning.

Collaboration Skills
Students will be able to apply leadership principles and strategies to enhance personal and professional growth and demonstrate teamwork skills that enable collaboration.

revised: 6/24/2021