College officials approve mission statement changes

Drew May


Pierce College changed its mission statement, core values and institutional outcomes on Feb. 8. The mission, values and outcomes are used to express Pierce College’s purpose to the community and students.

“The Board of Trustees approved the new mission on Feb. 8, 2012 after a college-wide review and re-write,” Marie Harris, executive assistant to the chancellor, said. “This [change] is one of the first steps to comply with new accreditation standards.”

Pierce College receives its accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Following the new accreditation requirements is important for the college as it gives Pierce College access to federal aid for both students and for improvements to the school. It allows students to transfer their credits earned at Pierce College to accredited universities.

“Pierce College District will be a recognized leader in building and maintaining academic, industry and broad-based community partnerships to advance local educational opportunities and economic development,” the Pierce College website states.

The new mission statement for the college has become “Pierce College creates quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.”

To view the full list of outcomes as well as Pierce College’s values and educational outcomes visit

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College officials approve mission statement changes

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