Philosophy

I.    PHILOSOPHY

PURPOSE

South Plains College believes that every citizen, regardless of age or background, should have the opportunity to nourish the impulse to learn and to produce.  Accepting every obligation as a member of the Texas College and University System, SPC believes that it must provide economical quality education for anyone who wishes to attend the college.  While committed to excellence in all of its programs, the college understands this excellence with reference to the diverse needs of its students, believing that its purpose is to do whatever it can to enhance personal growth and prepare individuals for lifelong creative roles in the community.  Thus on the one hand, SPC holds fast those values and disciplines that are the foundation of a civilized community, and it does all that it can to promote them; on the other hand, SPC encourages innovation that is the expression of creative change, of unfolding truth in terms both of content and method, recognizing what is unique and new in individuals and situations.  To this end, the college is committed to providing dedicated and qualified teachers, staff members, and administrators; a stimulating, compassionate, and wholesome educational environment that encompasses the entire community; and a broad and dynamic curriculum and student support services that presently include:

  1. Associate Degree programs in academic disciplines that parallel university curricula for those students working toward a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Certificate and Associate Degree programs in technical and vocational education areas for those students who seek to attain certain skills, attitudes, a and aptitudes in order to prepare for gainful employment or advanced study.
  3. Developmental programs designed to assist those students who are underprepared for college and who need to develop college success skills.
  4. Continuing education programs for individuals who wish to enrich their lives or to upgrade existing knowledge and skills to meet new job demands.
  5. Specialized business and industrial training programs which anticipate and address specific needs of these organizations and their employees.
  6. A number of student support services, including assessment, counseling, advisement, job placement, tutoring, social activities, community cultural leadership and wellness-fitness services.
  7. Workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs.
  8. Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults.

 

South Plains College believes that students, depending upon the specific programs they may wish to pursue, should have the opportunity to improve upon one or more of the certain universal skills that are the distinguishing marks of civilized and educated human beings:  among these are critical thinking skills, mechanical skills, communication skills, creativity skills, leadership skills, and social skills.

South Plains College provides ample space for all its programs and services, being particularly proud of the physical facilities, campus grounds and instructional equipment.  The people responsible work diligently to maintain all facilities in excellent condition and to provide new and replacement equipment to meet or exceed contemporary needs.

Finally, South Plains College tries to understand itself as an unfolding idea, determined in part by its origin and history, but always an institution in process.

Adopted by the South Plains College Board of Regents, November 9, 1989.  Revision adopted by the Board of Regents February 10, 1994.

VISION STATEMENT

The employees of South Plains College have developed and adopted a vision statement and a series of organizational beliefs that define for the college a desired state and preferred future.  A vision is a dream created out of personal and organizational values of how we would like South Plains College to be.  Our vision statement and seven areas of commitment provide direction for the college and inspire the college community to stretch beyond its present level of institutional effectiveness.

Statement of Vision

The college’s vision statement follows.

                        South Plains College improves each student’s life.

Statement of Values

South Plains College respects the diversity of its student body and recognizes the worth and potential of each student.  Therefore the college affirms the following values and beliefs.

Commitment to Students:  We believe each student is individually important and has unique needs and goals.  The college supports students in clarifying their lifelong goals, provides personalized attention and service, assists them in developing their talents and skills, recognizes their culture, heritage and lifetime experiences, and challenges them to become independent, lifelong learners.

Commitment to Educational Excellence:  As educators, we believe effective teaching brings quality to learning and that our success is measured by the success of our students.  The college provides and is accountable for the quality of its educational programs and student support services.  We recognize that academic freedom is a catalyst for innovation and technology enhances the educational experience.  These qualities enable the college to prepare students for lifelong, creative roles in the community.

Commitment to Access and Diversity:  We believe the college should provide access to programs and services to students who may benefit and that the college should reflect the diversity of the community it serves.  The college offers equal access to education through an open door admissions policy.  The college has a responsibility to provide educational services that are affordable and available at convenient times and places.

Commitment to Faculty and Staff:  We believe everyone contributes to quality and institutional success by working toward common goals as a team member.  All members of the college community will have the opportunity to be an innovator, to grow through professional development, and to prosper from equitable rewards and recognition based on clearly defined expectations.

Commitment to a Quality Campus Environment:  We recognize the importance of providing a safe, clean and accessible work and learning environment that is characterized by integrity, clear communication, an open exchange of ideas, appreciation for personal worth, involvement in decision-making and respect for all individuals.

Commitment to the Community:  As members of a larger community, we recognize the importance of enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of the community and supporting opportunities for economic development and growth.  We will listen actively to the needs of our constituents and work to build partnerships to address common needs and goals.

Commitment to Effective Use of Resources:  In order to remain good stewards of the public trust, we believe in the effective use of college resources to provide quality education and services to students and the community.  To accomplish this, we will plan effectively for the future.

 


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