Lawson State Community College

Mission Statement

Lawson State Community College is a comprehensive, diverse, public, two-year, multi-campus college, which seeks to provide accessible quality educational opportunities, promote economic growth and enhance the quality of life for people in its service area. The College is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities through varied instructional modes in order to prepare students for employment or career advancement, enable students to transfer to senior colleges and universities, and provide customized training for business and industry.

The Current Operating Mission was Approved by the Expanded Cabinet on June 30, 2011; Administrative Cabinet---July 25, 2011; Faculty and Staff---August 16, 2011; LSCC Foundation Board of Directors---October 7, 2011.  Approved by: Alabama State Board of Education--February 23, 2012

Vision Statement

The vision for Lawson State Community College is to: promote quality opportunities for lifelong academic, professional and personal learning for students; provide an accessible, integrated collegiate learning experience focused on instructional excellence and skill preparation for employment; provide a dynamic and engaging student life experience enhanced by social, service and athletic activities or organizations; provide diversity within and beyond the college to effectively respond to community needs; value and practice integrity, fairness and honesty; and promote continuous improvement through advanced technologies and administrative services.

The Current Operating Vision was Approved by the Expanded Cabinet on June 29, 2011; Administrative Cabinet---July 25, 2011; Faculty and Staff---August 16, 2011.

Student Success:

Recruitment, Persistence, Graduation,  Career Development


Leadership, Instruction, Processes,  Customer Service


Technologies, Creativity, Curriculum, Community Development, Partnerships


Stewardship, Accountability, Ethical Practices

Institutional Goals, 2017-2022

 Goal 1:  Develop a student-centered instructional program that is focused on heightened engagement, innovative technologies, and varied modes of delivery.


 Student satisfaction in the teaching and learning environment.

 Student perception of academic support services.

 Effective faculty development resources.

 Student perception of student engagement. 

 Curriculum modification.




 Implementation of a strategic recruitment and admissions process.

 Institutional retention rates, as measured by IPEDS, comparable to or above other system colleges.

 Implementation of a strategic retention and persistence plan.

 Intrusive advising.

 First to second-semester retention rates.

 SPACE Center usage results.

 Success of developmental courses as preparation for college-level work.

 Transfer rates.

 Graduation rates.

 Job placement rates.

 Credential achievement.

 Student satisfaction with student support services.


 Goal 3:  Optimize the use of current and emerging technologies to enhance processes and improve services college-wide.


 Comprehensive academic and administrative computing services.

 Procurement and utilization of state-of-the-art technologies.

 Professional development and technical support.

 Faculty and staff resources reflective of current and emerging trends.


 Goal 4:  Foster an atmosphere where students feel connected to the College in a personal way.


 Quality-engagement student activities.

 Freshman Academy and advising.

 Student perception of college environment.

 World-class customer service college-wide.

 Training of faculty and staff.

 Online support of student engagement.


 Goal 5:  Ensure that the institution has a sound financial base and demonstrates financial stability.


 Positive fund balance.

 Cost per FTE in comparison to other community colleges.

 External reviews by accrediting bodies.

 Resource allocations for planned growth and change.

 Calculate composite financial index.

 Compliance reviews and ethics training.


 Goal 6:  Provide optimal facilities that are safe and support educational programs and administrative services. 


 Student satisfaction with college facility.

 Clean safe, secure and accessible teaching, learning and living environments.

 Current facility master plan kept up-to-date.

 Up-to-date emergency operational plans and procedures.

 Communication, utilization, and implementation of the safety operational plans and procedures.


 Goal 7:  Align, create and provide economic and workforce development opportunities based on current and emerging trends.


 Alternative funding resources.

 Customer satisfaction survey.

 Provide innovative and relevant training opportunities.

 Partnership development and engagement.


 Goal 8:  Engage the community in college initiatives, programs and services.


 Community events that reflect the various cultures.

 One Stop Community Center.

 Community partnerships.

 Community service activities.

 Advisory Boards.

 Alumni outreach.

 Access to campus facilities.

 Approved by the administrative cabinet:   august 8, 2017

Institution-wide Student Learning Outcomes

When students graduate from Lawson State Community College with an AA, AS, AAS, AOT or CER (long or short), they will be able to:

Communicate Effectively 

(express ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English).      

Reason Quantitatively

(apply mathematical principles to address and solve problems)      

Think Critically

(Gather and interpret data using a variety of methods to address and solve both practical and theoretical problems).

Develop Information and Visual Literacy 

(assess information requirements of complex projects, identify potential textual, visual and electronic resources, and obtain the needed information to interpret, evaluate, synthesize, organize and use that information, regardless of format, while adhering strictly to the legal and ethical guidelines governing information access in today’s society).