Mission

Bristol Community College provides an accessible, innovative and inclusive education that prepares students to navigate and succeed in our ever-changing world.

 

VISION

Advancing a vibrant, diverse community through education, learner by learner.

 

VALUES

Collaboration

We are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of professionalism, where all stakeholders can share their ideas, work together and support one another in our common goal of student success.

Communication

We openly and honestly share information that impacts our work, include stakeholders in the decision-making process and ensure a collective approach to shared goals that relies on ongoing feedback from students, faculty, staff and community members.

Inclusion

We commit to fostering a college community that embraces all perspectives and identities and strives for equity and justice in an environment where everyone feels safe and valued.

Innovation

We meet the challenges of today and tomorrow by creating a culture built on creativity, ingenuity and agility, where people are empowered to continuously improve our processes and perspectives to exceed community needs and expectations.

Respect

We treat each other with kindness, assume positive intent and genuinely listen to each other to celebrate our individual differences and foster our collective strengths.

Student Success

We strive to serve our students and support their growth, providing them with equitable access to all services, support and the tools necessary to achieve their personal, professional and educational goals.

 

STRATEGIES

Organizational Excellence

Create a culture of innovation through improved processes and collaboration, modern technology and ongoing professional development to support student and employee success.

Equity & Student Success

Share responsibility for the success of our students and employees by improving equity-mindedness and ensuring institutional support that closes equity gaps.

Academic Innovation

Advance an engaging holistic teaching and learning environment resulting in a seamless student experience that prepares them to embrace life’s opportunities.

Partnerships

Collaborate with educational institutions, alumni, industry and community partners to increase educational attainment and support the talent pipeline to enhance opportunities in the region.

 

Student Experience Statement

Bristol Community College strives to provide a relevant and fulfilling education characterized by a motivating student experience that will include:

  • academic programs and learning experiences that promote personal growth and prepare our diverse student body for the future, with clear pathways to successful completion, transfer and employment;
  • accessible and personalized supports designed to empower our students in meeting their academic and non-academic needs;
  • an engaging environment which creates a sense of belonging developed through meaningful connections with faculty, staff and other students.

Bristol Community College faculty, staff and administration will promote this experience with:

  • a spirit of collaboration and a commitment to empowering students to achieve their goals, through a culture of inclusion with caring faculty and staff who promote equitable outcomes for all students;
  • valuable academic experiences and flexible class schedules designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body;
  • innovative technology and exceptional service that enhances communication and enables student success.

 

PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION


Mission

The public college and university System in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts comprises fifteen community colleges, nine state colleges and the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The System exists to provide accessible, affordable, relevant and rigorous academic programs that adapt to meet changing the individual societal needs for education and employment.

All campuses are committed to operating effectively and efficiently in order to maintain tuition and fees at a level as low as possible, while providing a high-quality education to every student who qualifies for admission. The public System is committed to continuous improvement and accountability in all aspects of teaching and learning.

The Department of Higher Education and institutional Boards of Trustees recognize their responsibilities to the taxpayers and residents of Massachusetts in the performance of their roles and responsibilities. Massachusetts public higher education is a System with a distinguished past, increasing pride and unlimited potential.


Community College Mission

The fifteen Massachusetts community colleges offer open access to high quality, affordable academic programs, including associate degree and certificate programs. They are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, and provide academic preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, career preparation for entry into high demand occupational fields, developmental coursework and lifelong learning opportunities.

Community colleges have a special responsibility for workforce development and through partnerships with business and industry, provide job training, retraining, certification, and skills improvement. In addition, they assume primary responsibility, in the public system, for offering developmental courses, programs and other education services for individuals who seek to develop the skills needed to pursue college-level study or enter the workforce.

Rooted in their communities, the colleges serve as community leaders, identifying opportunities and solutions to community problems and contributing to the region's intellectual, cultural and economic development. They collaborate with elementary and secondary education and work to ensure a smooth transition from secondary to post-secondary education. Through partnerships with baccalaureate institutions, they help to promote an efficient system of public higher education.

The community colleges offer an environment where the ideas and contributions of all students are respected. Academic and personal support services are provided to ensure all students have an opportunity to achieve academic and career success. No eligible student shall be deprived the opportunity for a community college education in Massachusetts because of an inability to pay tuition and fees.