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Mission, Vision, and Values


Our Mission


The Mission of Paradise Valley Community College is to educate the whole person and to serve our students and our communities by providing learning opportunities that are designed to help them achieve their goals.
 

PVCC provides diverse learning opportunities including:

University transfer education
General education
Developmental education
Continuing education
Community education
Workforce development
Student development
Honors education
Global engagement
Civic responsibility

PVCC provides access to these opportunities in a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment.  As a college committed to learning and continuous quality improvement, PVCC annually assesses and publishes reports concerning the effectiveness of our programs and services.


Our Vision


Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) aspires to be the higher learning organization of choice by creating engaging lifelong educational relationships that inspire and support all learners to increase their capacity for personal growth and positive social change.


Our Guiding Values


Paradise Valley Community College’s values guide our individual and collective actions and our decision-making. The college’s values are public statements describing what we care about deeply. PVCC’s values are what we “stand for” both as a college and as employees. When lived and used to guide our daily work, PVCC’s values ultimately shape our college’s unique identity and image.

Our college has identified its core value, learning, along with nine supporting values. PVCC’s core value resides at the center of our college vision and mission and serves as the ultimate measure of our actions and decisions. The nine supporting values guide us as we work individually and collectively to realize our vision and accomplish our mission.


Our Core Values


Learning is the core value of Paradise Valley Community College. PVCC encourages and supports learning at three levels — student, employee and organizational — and the integrative relationship between the three levels. Learning at Paradise Valley Community College means increasing the capacity of our students, our employees and the college itself, to achieve their goals. PVCC acknowledges organizational learning as a means to continuously improve our college.


Our Supporting Values


Inclusiveness and Diversity

We value inclusiveness and respect each others viewpoints and ideas.  We value individual diversity and the uniqueness of the individual.  We acknowledge that diversity, in all its forms, enriches our learning environment.  PVCC promotes the free exchange of ideas and opinions and the fair and equitable treatment of all.

Innovation

We value and support innovation.  We encourage informed risk-taking that holds the promise of enhancing student, employee and organizational learning.  We view a good faith unsuccessful attempt not as failure, but rather as a rich opportunity to learn.

Collaboration Partnerships

We value the collective wisdom that emerges when individuals work together to solve problems and create opportunities.  We believe that in most instances all of us working together is better than one of us working alone.  We are committed to establishing and sustaining positive education, business and community partnerships.

Excellence

We value excellence in all that we do.  We are committed to high academic standards.  We support excellence in teaching and in the learning and support systems that advance student success.  We expect professionalism in every aspect of our work.  We are committed to the continuous improvement of our college.

Integrity

We value integrity, trustworthiness and ethical behavior in all that we do.  We are committed to truthfulness, fairness and honesty in our internal and external relationships, communications and transactions.  We continuously strive to provide objective and balanced assessments of the issues pertaining to our college.  We value open, transparent and democratic decision-making.

Communication

We value communication in all forms, across all levels of the organization, and in all interactions with our constituents.  We acknowledge that accurate, clear, concise, respectful and transparent communication is fundamental to enhancing relationships, developing shared understanding and assuring the long-term success of our college.  We value empathic listening as a core element in all effective communications.

Leadership

We value leadership at all levels of the organization.  We acknowledge that all employees are responsible for continuously providing effective leadership within the context of individual roles and responsibilities. We encourage every college leader to demonstrate vision, to think systemically and to act courageously when engaged in decision-making.  We affirm that effective, collaborative and informed leadership of the college is essential to our long-term success.

Respect

We value civility in our oral and written word, as well as in our interactions with students, one another and with our constituents.  We value each person’s special contributions to our students, colleagues, constituents and to the college.

Stewardship

We value the full-range of resources – human, fiscal, capital and technology – that have been entrusted to us by the citizens of the state, county and cities we serve.  We acknowledge our collective responsibility to serve as effective stewards of all resources at all times.  We affirm our commitment to being accountable for the fulfillment of all duties and professional obligations associated with our positions.


Our College Motto


The Power of Learning