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.
How Lake Michigan College accomplishes its mission is as important as the mission itself. Fundamental to success for the College are certain basic values:
Every College program and service must be of the highest quality.
Lake Michigan College must know and understand its students and community.
Programs and services must respond to the needs of students and the community, with constant review, analysis, research and action.
The College should strive to create a diverse community that represents all segments of society, including women, ethnic -minorities and people with disabilities, in its student body, faculty and staff.
The campus atmosphere should promote caring for one another as colleagues, including recognition of faculty and staff for exceptional performance, open and honest communication, shared planning, participative management, encouragement of responsible and creative risk-taking, and provisions for professional development. This atmosphere must extend to students and the community.