Mission Vision Values - Garrett College
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Mission, Vision, Values

Mission Statement:

Garrett College provides accessible, quality education in a supportive environment to a diverse student population. We offer associate degrees and certificate programs as well as continuing education to meet the transfer, career, workforce development, and lifelong learning needs of our students and the community. We are committed to the ongoing development of engaging, innovative, and sustainable curricula, programs, and initiatives that are responsive to a changing world.

Institutional Goals:

  • Accessibility: Make higher education accessible to a diverse student population through appropriate admissions practices, active recruitment of a diverse student body, affordable tuition and fees, financial aid and scholarship assistance, developmental studies for students who are under-prepared for college-level work, student support services, and delivery of courses at times and via media that are responsive to student needs.
  • Student Satisfaction and Success: Create and sustain a supportive learning environment that encourages student growth and achievement through appropriate advising and career counseling, transfer and career preparation programs, experiential learning opportunities, and curricular as well as extra-curricular activities that encourage student engagement and responsibility.
  • Educational Effectiveness: Ensure, through an emphasis on teaching excellence, that graduating students are able to demonstrate mastery with respect to oral and written communications skills, information literacy, critical reasoning and analysis, quantitative reasoning, scientific literacy, and information management; that they have achieved the requisite levels of academic and technical proficiency in their major; and that, through activities focusing on diversity and cultural awareness, they are adequately prepared to live and work in a global society comprised of diverse cultures and beliefs.
  • Workforce Development: Support the economic development of Garrett County and the surrounding region by creating a skilled workforce through credit programs, as well as non-credit job readiness and workforce preparation courses; Garrett College will also be the provider of choice for affordable contract and customized training in response to the emerging needs of new and growing businesses.
  • Community Service: Serve, within the scope of available resources, the specific needs of the community through partnerships with local government, businesses, community and arts organizations, schools, and non-profit agencies; and by providing continuing education courses for personal enrichment, lifelong learning, and community need.
  • Effective Use of Financial, Human, and Physical Resources: Ensure, through the application of “best practices”, that financial, human, and physical resources are managed effectively and efficiently for optimal results.


Garrett College will be a gateway where…
  • Academic excellence will be our hallmark.
  • The campus reflects the diversity of the world.
  • An engaged faculty and staff are committed to students’ success.
  • The needs of local and regional economic development shape programs and services.
  • Scholarly achievement, physical and emotional preparedness, and integrity will be our product.


Garrett College believes that every human being is entitled to dignity, worth, respect, and the opportunity to learn. Therefore, Garrett College commits to…

  1. The inherent value of learning by:

    • Encouraging a culture of appreciation for the power of knowledge;
    • Designing and advancing a curriculum of excellence for student mastery and success;
    • Creating opportunities to reveal brilliance;
    • Promoting ageless, life-long learning;
    • and Providing open access to programs and services.
  2. The inherent value of the Garrett College community by:

    • Sustaining a college focused on student learning and success;
    • Fostering innovation and creativity;
    • Embracing the concept of the power of people working together in the free exchange of ideas, including respectful disagreement;
    • and Vesting individuals with the authority and responsibility to participate in shared governance.
  3. The inherent value of the Garrett County community and the surrounding region by:

    • Recognizing diversity of people, along with their differing points of view;
    • Fostering a sense of belonging;
    • Understanding the intrinsic value of our unique surroundings and of our cultural and artistic heritage;
    • Seeking an approach that balances preservation and progress;
    • and Contributing to the quality of life, economic and cultural vitality, awareness of local issues, and promotion of social justice.
  4. The inherent value of a global community by:

    • Facilitating understanding of other cultures and beliefs;
    • Providing opportunities for community awareness;
    • and Expecting a high level of cultural competence.
  5. The inherent value of organizational responsibility by:

    • Making the most effective use of resources;
    • Regularly evaluating our fiscal health;
    • Managing our human resources wisely;
    • Monitoring and assessing the utility of existing policies and procedures;
    • Facilitating necessary change in a timely manner;
    • Being responsive to future trends and needs;
    • and Promoting environmental awareness and serving as stewards of our environment.


Garrett College will be recognized as a small college that offers excellent academic programs that prepare our students for further study or entry into careers. We will be known for signature programs offering curricula ranging from those focusing on the acquisition of advanced technical skills to the wise use and management of the area’s natural resources. Garrett College will serve as a model for transfer preparation, advising, and seamless transition. Garrett College will be a leader in partnership initiatives focusing on community and regional economic and workforce development. Garrett College will be the college of choice for students seeking a personal educational experience set in a dynamic natural environment.