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.

Goals & Indicators

Goal 1: To develop an exemplary and world class instructional program.

Strategic Indicators:
a. Current and relevant curriculum enhancements
b. Effective faculty development resources
c. Specific and focused student learning outcomes
d. Convenient and flexible distance learning curricula

Goal 2: To maintain a comprehensive and engaging exemplary Student Services Division.  

Strategic Indicators:
a. Supportive educational services
b. Efficient operational and developmental resources
c. Strategic initial student placement
d. Collaborative, engaging and empowering student activities

Goal 3: To thoroughly integrate technology college-wide in instruction and administrative services. 

Strategic Indicators:
a. Just in time faculty and staff training in current technologies
b. Comprehensive academic and administrative computing services
c. State-of-the-art integrated technologies
d. Effective and on-time technical assistance services

Goal 4: To deliver distance education and hybrid instruction that provides equitable access to program resources and college-wide services. 

Strategic Indicators:
a. Robust program across academic disciplines
b. Serves students throughout the campus, state and nation
c. Uses a broad range of traditional and technological methods to include face-to-face interaction such as in-class discussions, active group work, live lectures, web-based educational technologies and web-assisted learning tools
d. Same quality teaching and academic support services as those available in person on the Birmingham and Bessemer campuses

Goal 5: To be recognized as an institution that is fiscally responsible 

Strategic Indicators:
a. Comprehensive tracking documents, equipment and tangible items
b. Consistently unqualified audits
c. Continuously implemented sound management procedures
d. Open and ongoing dialogue with government agencies, public and private entities to enhance college initiatives

Goal 6: To maintain facilities on both campuses that are appropriate for educational programs and administrative services:  

Strategic Indicators:
a. Effectively planned, designed, renovated/constructed, utilized, and maintained facilities
b. Expansive technological infrastructurec. Enhanced and well-maintained facilities and grounds
d. Clean safe, secure and accessible teaching, learning and living environments
e. Expanded athletic, recreational and wellness facilities

Goal 7: To support professional development of faculty and staff through a comprehensively structured program:

Strategic Indicators:
a. Increased numbers of faculty/staff with advanced degrees
b. Attendance and/or presentations at relevant local, regional, national conferences/workshops/seminars, etc.
c. Continuous training in diversity to create a more intellectually, culturally and socially diverse learning environment
d. Effective utilization of consultants in academic and educational support units
e. Effective use of technology through comprehensive training
f. On-going, improved personnel evaluation processes

Goal 8: To strengthen economic and workforce development through current and emerging trends:

Strategic Indicators:
a. Just-in-time business and workforce training
b. Entrepreneurial development opportunities offered through the Small Business Center, and the Community Development Center
c. Customized training offered through the Corporate Services unit

Goal 9: To include the community as an integral part of the college:

Strategic Indicators:
a. Lifelong learning and enrichment opportunities provided to constituents within the community
b. Increased involvement through community-based ownership activities, planning, and advisory boards

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).