Mission & Strategic Plan

Mission, Strategic Plan & Institutional Effectiveness

Mission

Westmoreland County Community College improves the quality of life in the communities we serve through education, training and cultural enrichment.

Vision

Westmoreland County Community College is recognized as a premier institution of higher learning focused on student success, workforce development, economic growth and cultural experiences.

Values

Teaching and Learning: We are committed to excellent instruction and lifelong learning.

Innovation and Creativity: We are committed to creativity, new ideas and the advancement of art, culture and technology.

Equity and Inclusion: We are committed to an educational and workplace environment where all are treated with dignity and respect.

Collaboration and Teamwork: We are committed to cooperation within our college and to strong relationships with employers, school districts and other community partners.

Accountability and Integrity: We are committed to high, ethical educational standards.

Social Responsibility and Stewardship: We are committed to principles of service and good citizenship.

Strategic Plan

The 2017-2020 strategic plan, which uses a balanced scorecard approach, concentrates on four overarching objectives: becoming more student focused; improving systems and processes to achieve operational excellence; aligning the college culture with Westmoreland’s values by empowering employees and providing the systems they need; and placing the institution on firm financial footing to deliver on the long-term promise of the mission.

Students at Youngwood campusInstitutional Learning Outcomes

Communication

Students will demonstrate clear and precise use of written, oral, and/or nonverbal language to effectively express one’s own ideas, perspectives, and understandings as well as the ideas, perspectives, and understandings of others.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students will demonstrate the ability to read, write, compute, and solve quantitative problems presented in multiple ways.

Citizenship and Social Responsibility

Students will develop the knowledge, skills, values, and motivations to participate in both the political and non-political processes and institutions related to American citizenship and residence in the global community.

Critical Thinking

Students will process information, artifacts, and realities to make reasonable decisions and formulate applicable judgments.

Information Literacy

Students will responsibly identify, access, develop, implement, and evaluate relevant, credible information.

Technology

Students will understand and use multiple forms of current and emerging technologies.

Institutional Effectiveness

Westmoreland County Community College is committed to maintaining a college-wide Institutional Effectiveness Plan that will produce clear evidence that the institution is achieving its mission. 

The Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Committee educates, guides and directs institutional assessment efforts to ensure that Westmoreland is complying with the requirements of Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Ultimately, the purpose of institutional effectiveness is to ensure continual assessment for growth, relevancy, and improvement in academic and non-academic areas.

IE Committee Chair
Lindsay Herrod
Dean/Planning, Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Subcommittee Chair
Megan Seibel
Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Assessment Information

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Subcommittee is a branch of the IE Committee (comprised of faculty and staff), established to more closely review assessment of institutional learning outcomes and ensure adherence to MSCHE and our strategic plan.

Learning indicators have been identified and outcomes are assessed using rubrics developed by the subcommittee.

Academic Divisions

Administrative Units

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