Board of Trustees Approves New Guiding Statements as Part of SUNY Orange’s Strategic Planning Process

PHOTO: Kaplan HallMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- As an early step in SUNY Orange’s current strategic planning process that will establish the College’s guiding priorities for the next five to six years, the College’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday evening (Nov. 19) unanimously approved revised vision, mission and values statements.

The updated statements were crafted by a 17-member Strategic Planning Steering Committee comprised of College employees, community members, trustees and members of the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors. Feedback from the student body and College employees, as well as the community-at-large, was incorporated into the process and factored into the newly worded vision, mission and values.

With the Board’s vote, the College and its Strategic Planning Steering Committee will move forward with the development of the SUNY Orange Strategic Plan 2015-2020. Under the umbrella of the vision, mission and values, the Strategic Plan, and the priorities contained within, will frame College decision-making and operations on a daily basis in the coming years.

“With many challenges and opportunities facing the College now and in the near future, it is important that we develop our strategic priorities in a manner that assures they will guide the College in achieving its vision, mission, values and goals,” says Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “Now, having received the Board’s approval of these three very important guiding statements, we can continue with the critical task of building a strategic plan.

“The College community provided significant input throughout this process, demonstrated consensus regarding the new formats, and overwhelmingly expressed support for the revisions that were suggested,” Richards added. “It was important to all of us that the vision, mission and values were meaningful, current, succinct and relevant.”

The new mission and vision statements are significantly shorter than the previous versions, having been streamlined in order to bring greater focus upon the key elements at the heart of the College’s mission and vision. The values statement has been changed from a paragraph of prose to a bulleted listing of values to which the College, its employees and students will aspire.

The new statements are as follows:

Vision Statement:
Orange County Community College will be an exemplary community college transforming lives through academic excellence, innovation and partnerships.

Mission Statement:
We are a community of learners dedicated to providing high-quality and accessible educational and enrichment opportunities that foster lifelong learning.

Values Statement:
To fulfill the mission and vision of the College, we are committed to:

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Inclusivity
  • Inquiry
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Stewardship

Former Vision, Mission and Values Statements

Vision (Developed in December 2003)
We will be the best college in the SUNY System, the college of choice for all Orange County citizens. We welcome all as individuals, ensure academic and intellectual challenge, and mentor all in a caring, supportive environment. Students will remember the College as one of their most richly rewarding experiences, the compass that guides their continued development. We consistently renew our promise to be a most rigorous and caring academic institution, to provide visionary leadership, and to create a symphony of opportunity for personal and professional growth. We aspire to be the most efficient in shepherding public resources and to be a strategic force in enhancing the quality of life in Orange County and beyond.

Mission (Last revised in December 2003)
We are a community of learners dedicated to reaching out to all citizens of Orange County to enrich their lives through the highest-quality education possible. Intellectual rigor, personal commitment and enhanced citizenship distinguish a SUNY Orange education which will enhance students' economic opportunities, deepen their appreciation of culture and of their place in history while broadening their sense of responsibility in a democratic society.

Values (Developed in December 2003)
As community college educators our professional lives are informed by shared values of mutual respect, integrity in the rigorous and honest pursuit of academic inquiry, and a commitment to the highest standards of excellence in all we do. We further value a spirited dedication to service, a celebration of culturally rich campus environs, and the gathering to our community of the most varied mixture of maturity, ethnicity, patterns of thought, language and spirituality. Our sense of ethical and democratic responsibility bonds us to one another. All those who come here will experience at SUNY Orange a sense of belonging to a special community of learners and will speak with pride of our openness and inspiration in the creation of the strongest sense of local and global community.


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