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Mission, Vision, Philosophy, Values

Guiding Principles -- 2018-2019

Vision Statement:

North Central Michigan College is a dynamic organization committed to student learning, student success and community enrichment.

Our Vision Statement reflects what we want to be and incorporates those values rated by employees as most central to our identity and most important to maintain and grow.


Mission Statement:

North Central provides educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.

Our Mission Statement reflects who we are and what we do.



We improve the quality of life for our students and the communities we serve.

Our Philosophy reflects what we believe.


Core Values:

Student Learning and Student Success – North Central creates an environment where people can learn and be successful.  The college provides opportunities for people to acquire knowledge and new skills.

Integrity – North Central operates in ways that are honest, fair, respectful and responsible.

Community and Educational Access – North Central has a positive impact on students, their families and our communities by providing an affordable, open-door pathway to education and opportunity.  North Central builds relationships among diverse people and organizations.

Excellence – North Central strives for the highest quality in its curricular and co-curricular offerings.  The college utilizes ongoing assessment and evaluation methods to measure its progress and reach for continuous improvement. 

Stewardship – North Central effectively manages its facilities and systems while maintaining a balanced budget.  The College serves as a regional leader in sustainability initiatives.

Community Engagement and Service – North Central demonstrates a commitment to helping others on and off the campus and provides leadership in community development.


Strategic Priorities and Strategic Goals:

Based Upon our Guiding Principles, North Central adopted Three Strategic Priorities (2017 through 2020) and Four Strategic Goals for 2018-19:

Strategic Priority #1: Learning Effectiveness and Student Success

Strategic Goal One: Academic Quality

Ensure quality instruction, academic support and student success.

Strategic Goal Two: Student-Centered Services

Enhance student-centered services and processes.

Strategic Priority #2: Organizational Development and Stewardship

Strategic Goal Three: Resources

Ensure financial, physical, human, technological and educational resources are sustainably managed.

Strategic Priority #3: Community Engagement and Service

Strategic Goal Four: Community Partnerships

Optimize community partnerships and outreach.