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Mission Statement and Institutional Outcomes

Mission Statement

The philosophy of Lake Michigan College, an institution of higher education, is founded on the belief that education is for all who wish to develop their potential. It is fundamental that a community college assist in meeting the educational, career, cultural, wellness and recreational needs of the community it serves through its courses (credit and non-credit), certificates, degrees, and state-authorized baccalaureate programs. This involves a five-fold obligation:

  • to provide for the educational aspirations, needs and learning expectations of the individual and the community;
  • to provide for the occupational needs and desires of the learner and the community;
  • to provide for the cultural interests and the wellness and recreational needs of the individual, and thus contribute to the development of effective citizens;
  • to provide an assurance of quality in programs and in people;
  • to develop an international perspective that prepares students, and develop employees and community members for a world economy and global citizenship.

Institutional Outcomes

  1. Quantitative Literacy 
    Demonstrate the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems in a wide array of contexts; to understand and create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence; and to clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats (using words, tables, graphs, mathematical equations, etc., as appropriate)
  2. Scientific Literacy 
    Demonstrate how basic principles of science apply to life and an understanding of our universe.  A key component of scientific literacy is the application of the methods of scientific inquiry and research to problem-solving.  
  3. Communication Competence
    Demonstrate the ability to express ideas both orally and in writing. Demonstrate the ability to understand written, visual, and spoken communications; and convey purpose, meaning and main ideas effectively to individuals and groups.
  4. Culture and Society
    Demonstrate an awareness of factors and systems that shape human behaviors across time and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability.
  5. Arts and Humanities 
    Demonstrate an awareness of the breadth, diversity, and creativity of the human experience as expressed through the arts and humanities.
  6. Critical Thinking
    Demonstrate the ability to make decisions on the basis of evidence and logical argument.
  7. Professional and Life Skills
    Demonstrate an understanding of those skills and activities that enhance both civic and social engagement such as wellness, lifelong learning, ethical and professional values, and teamwork.