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Statement of Values

Preamble:

Our nation is founded on the principle that each person is endowed with certain rights, the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Perhaps nowhere in higher education is that principle more apparent than in the community college's open-door policy, and Massasoit Community College honors the inherent dignity and potential of each student. In its pursuit of excellence, the College also recognizes that this principle is demonstrated by the commitment and strength of its faculty and staff. Accordingly, the College affirms the following values and beliefs:

Commitment to Students

We believe that the first priority of the College is that students learn. We demonstrate this belief by striving to provide the finest instruction and support services possible to enhance student growth and development.

Commitment to Access

We believe that all people should have access to affordable, quality education. We believe that students should be engaged in challenging activities and that the college should provide supportive and developmental services to those who need them.

Commitment to Diversity

We believe that all people are entitled to educational services which allow them to develop their powers of body, mind, and spirit to the utmost. Therefore, we strive to reflect the diversity of our community in our student body, faculty, staff, and trustees.

Commitment to Excellence

We believe in creating a learning environment which is supportive and yet fosters high expectations for achievement. We aspire, therefore, to be recognized in our community as a caring institution, committed to high academic standards in our credit and non-credit offerings and dedicated to inspiring our students to reach their full potential.
Commitment to the Community
We believe that the College should be an integral part of the communities it serves, including the global community. We recognize that importance of enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life for all citizens in its service area.
Commitment to Quality
We believe in providing a working and learning environment that is devoted to innovation, creativity, and the open exchange of ideas. We strive to create a campus climate based upon openness and trust, integrity, clear communication, involvement in decision-making, and respect for individuals.
Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility
We believe in being fiscally responsible to the public trust. We endeavor always to direct our human and material resources where they will provide the greatest benefit to the most students and to the communities we serve.
Commitment to Accountability
We believe that people achieve when they are held accountable. Accordingly, we set high standards of both behavior and achievement for students, faculty, staff, and trustees, and we support them in their efforts to reach those standards.
(Adopted by Board of Trustees on June 23, 1998)
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