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Mission, Vision & Strategic Plan

Photo of TCC strategic plan posterTacoma Community College sees education as a partnership. We make a firm promise to each and every student:

No matter where you start or what you hope to achieve...

We will educate you.

We will support you.

We will put opportunities within your reach.

...now you just have to take us up on it!

Our Mission

TCC creates meaningful and relevant learning, inspires greater equity, and celebrates success in our lives and our communities.

Our Vision

Tacoma Community College is recognized as a spirited leader in emphasizing and documenting student learning. We are known for our commitment to innovation and excellence, our inclusive community, and our technology integration. We achieve this through the collective dedication and recognition of our college family and the generous support of our community.

Our Culture

TCC is built on the gifts, resources, talents and successes of our students and employees. We believe that seeking out and celebrating these assets both sustains and energizes our community, helping us contribute to our society.

Strategic Plan 2014-2018

We're always looking ahead to the next level! TCC is constantly working to give our students the best education and opportunities. The 2014-2018 strategic plan and commitment to success is based on four solid concepts:

Create learning

We design and implement learning-focused instructional methods that respond to student and community needs.  We prepare TCC learners to make ethical and positive contributions to our communities.

Create multiple, inclusive and equitable learning environments that support the needs of our diverse student population.

Structure and promote comprehensive learning and support services to optimize all forms of student success.

Support student success through enhanced readiness, persistence, and retention along TCC's Pathway to Completion, contributing to the Complete College America national goals.

Develop and assess learning outcomes to ensure students transition successfully with the necessary knowledge and skills for further education and responsible citizenship in a global society.

Ensure College curricula meet current and emerging workforce competencies, transfer requirements, and the educational goals of our students.

Invest in student development designed to clarify personal and academic goals and complete plans for attainment.

Demonstrate student attainment of Degree Learning Outcomes (DLOs):

  • Core of Knowledge,
  • Communication, 
  • Information/Information Technology,
  • Living & Working Cooperatively
  • Valuing Diversity,
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and
  • Responsibility & Ethics.

Achieve Equity

We embrace the variety of cultures, learning styles and life experiences of our larger community. Our community involvement and innovative curriculum create personal, academic and professional pathways to increased opportunities.

Develop and sustain efforts to make college more accessible and affordable.

Increase access for all members of the community.

Increase completion rates for diverse populations in all academic programs, with emphasis on those that lead to higher wage employment.

Use technology to increase learning, access, affordability and support for all students.

Develop and maintain a comprehensive outreach system that connects and engages our diverse community.

Explore, develop, and maintain classroom environments that enhance student learning, ensuring readiness for transfer and workforce.

Cultivate a campus environment that celebrates, encourages, and empowers the cultural richness of our community and world.

Attract, support and retain exceptional and diverse faculty and staff.    

Foster a climate that values and celebrates divergent perspectives and works to achieve social justice.

Engage Community

TCC faculty, staff, and students seek and actively participate in local, national, and international partnerships that fuel college and community growth.

Foster lasting relationships with individuals connected to TCC:  alumni, community volunteers and donors.

Ensure TCC's physical and virtual environment and processes are welcoming and easily navigated.

Encourage and support the community to engage the campus through the arts and community services.

Encourage and support community engagement by students, faculty and staff.

Contact and educate prospective students and their families about college opportunities and careers paths.

Engage local employers on advisory committees to meet industry standards and respond to workforce needs.

Embrace Discovery

We continuously explore, evaluate, and scale innovative solutions to enhance learning, equity, and community.

Enhance institutional knowledge sharing through a repository of TCC effective and promising practices.

Ensure sufficient resources to support successful innovations.

Demonstrate intention in learning and investment in order to maximize results while encouraging risk taking.

Invest in faculty and staff personal and professional growth designed to enhance institutional capacity and improve student achievement.

Learning Outcomes

So what will you get out of all this? And how will we know if we're keeping our part of the promise?

Degree-related Learning Outcomes: The faculty at TCC has identified these 6, measurable outcomes for all students who complete a degree here -- areas we expect you to excel in, during and after your time at TCC:

Upon completing a degree at Tacoma Community College, students will be able to:  

  • Core of Knowledge (COK): Demonstrate a basic knowledge of each of the distribution areas (Written Communication, Humanities, Quantitative Skills, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences; or, as applicable, specific professional/technical programs), integrate knowledge across disciplines, and apply this knowledge to academic, occupational, civic and personal endeavors.
  • Communication (COM): Listen, speak, read, and write effectively and use nonverbal and technological means to make connections between self and others.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving (CRT): Compare, analyze, and evaluate information and ideas, and use sound thinking skills to solve problems.
  • Information & Information Technology (IIT): Locate, evaluate, retrieve, and ethically use relevant and current information of appropriate authority for both academic and personal applications.
  • Living & Working Cooperatively/Valuing Differences (LWC): Respectfully acknowledge diverse points of view, and draw upon the knowledge and experience of others to collaborate in a multicultural and complex world.
  • Responsibility & Ethics (RES): Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes responsible and ethical behavior toward individuals, the community, and the environment.

Program-Specific Outcomes: When you finish the curriculum in your chosen program at TCC, you will be able to:

  • Master the central concepts of your areas of study
  • Apply knowledge and skills presented in your courses to occupational, social and personal contexts
  • Understand the purpose and value of general education
  • Integrate knowledge across disciplines.
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