VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY: Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, cultural awareness, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The college takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society.
VERNON COLLEGE VISION: Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services.
VERNON COLLEGE VALUES: Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to:
Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what are important to us at our college.
VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student services. Therefore, the college will provide:
technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate
degrees or certificates;
technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and
and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of
study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;
adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment;
education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy
allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students;
continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in
achieving their individual educational goals;
technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide
services for educational programs and college-related activities;
literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and
other programs as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education
Approved by College Effectiveness Committee October 2, 2012
Officially approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on the 17th day of October 2012.
2013-2017 Strategic Plan
Mission as adapted from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Strategic Plan for Texas Public Community Colleges 2011-2015, according to Texas Education Code 130.003e