The institution has a statement of mission that defines the institution, its educational purposes, its students, and its place in the higher education community.
1. The institution has a statement of mission, adopted by the governing board, which identifies the broad-based educational purposes it seeks to achieve.
Irvine Valley College's current mission statement (1.1, page 7) was presented to the Board of Trustees, as part of the Irvine Valley College Strategic Plan 1996-2001 (1.2, page 5), on August 19, 1996 (1.3, page 3). IVC is part of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD), so its mission statement is consistent with the mission statement of the District (1.4). The college's mission statement states that the central purpose of all programs and services offered by the college is "… the education of students who think critically, who become well-informed, culturally aware, competitive individuals who strive to achieve personal and professional goals" (1.1, page 7).
2. The mission statement defines the students the institution intends to serve as well as the parameters under which programs can be offered and resources allocated.
By enumerating the different programs offered at the college, the mission statement identifies the students IVC intends to serve as:
IVC is dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning needs of its students and constituent communities. Classes are offered at various times and days of the week (1.5); students have the option of pursuing associate degrees and/or certificate programs (1.1, page 23); and courses are offered for international students (1.1, page 9 and pages 45-46) and military personnel (1.1, page 9 and 1.5, page 2).
The mission statement does not define parameters under which programs can be offered and resources allocated. However, Theme Four of the Strategic Plan (1.2, pages 27-30) gives guidelines for reviewing and developing programs, and Theme One (1.2, pages 11-15) gives guidelines for allocation of revenues generated by successful partnerships. The internal allocation of resources occurs through the College Budget Committee (1.6, page 2), the Instructional Council (1.6, page 6), and the overall process established by the vice president of business services (see Standard Nine, Section A.2).
3. Institutional planning and decision making are guided by the mission statement.
In the fall of 1995, the strategic planning process was initiated and a strategic planning steering committee was formed. The committee members agreed that the first step toward planning for the future was to revise the existing mission statement to reflect the current mission of the college (1.2, page 5). The formulation of the Strategic Plan followed the guidelines contained within the revised mission statement. The Strategic Plan provides direction which guides the college's planning and decision making for now and the coming years (1.2, pages 7-8). The Strategic Plan includes a series of planning assumptions (1.2, page 3) that are based on area demographics, fiscal circumstances, employment trends, social dynamics, and government mandates. A list of 20 institutional goals was derived from these assumptions (1.2, pages 47-48). These twenty goals were further refined as six broad strategic-planning themes: promoting financial partnerships, developing technological access, refining shared governance, developing and reviewing programs, providing alternative schedules, and responding to student diversity (1.2, pages 9-10). In the fall of 1997, the Strategic Plan, and hence the mission statement, was reviewed (1.7, page 2).
4. The institution evaluates and revises its mission statement on a regular basis.
Prior to the Strategic Plan 1996-2001, the mission statement was evaluated and revised sporadically. Now, the college's mission statement is part of the Strategic Plan and will be reviewed annually by administration. Recommendations will be reviewed by each governance body and by a collegewide committee (1.2, page 4). The administration conducted the annual review of the mission statement in the fall of 1997. The mission statement was modified to reflect an inclusion of activities promoting economic development and the commitment of the college to the allocation of its resources in support of its multi-faceted mission. The modified mission statement (1.8) was made available to all governance groups for review through the President's Council on December 3, 1997 (1.9, page 3), and it was presented to the Board of Trustees as an information item during the Board's meeting on February 17, 1998 (1.10, page 7).
The mission statement (1.1, page 7 and 1.8) is concise and easy to understand by faculty, administrators, staff and students. It identifies the broad-based educational objectives that IVC seeks to fulfill, as well as the students the institution intends to serve. The Institutional Effectiveness Survey (1.11) was distributed to approximately 525 IVC faculty and staff members. Of these, 176 actually completed the survey, including 11 administrators; 67 full-time and 47 part-time faculty; 32 full-time and nine part-time classified; and 10 participants who did not indicate their staff affiliation but whose responses were included in the survey results. Of the 132 responses to Item 1 of the Institutional Effectiveness Survey (1.11, Section Three, page 1), 91.7% agreed that the mission statement correctly "defines the students IVC intends to serve." Of the 124 respondents to Item 2 (1.11, Section Three, page 1), 78.2% agreed that the mission statement "defines the parameters under which educational programs can be offered and resources allocated". Only 47.1% of the 121 respondents to Item 3 (1.11, Section Three, page 1) agreed that the mission statement guides institutional planning and decision making. This percentage may have been higher if Item 3 in the Institutional Effectiveness Survey had clearly referred to the planning of educational programs and services, as 86.8% of the respondents to Item 9 (1.11, Section Three, page 3) (112 out of 129) agreed with the statement, "The Irvine Valley College mission statement adequately defines the broad-based educational objectives the college seeks to fulfill".
The mission statement can be found in the college catalog (1.1, page 7). It would be desirable to have it included in other relevant college publications such as the faculty manual and/or student handbook.
As part of the Strategic Plan of the college, the mission statement is reviewed annually and revised as needed. The entire campus community has an opportunity to contribute to the process. This annual review helps the college to continue to perform according to the highest standards of public two-year institutions.
1. The college will develop measurable ways to determine if the Strategic Plan is consistent with the mission statement.
1.1 1997-98 IVC Catalog
1.2 IVC Strategic Plan 1996-2001
1.3 Minutes of Board Meeting of August 19, 1996
1.4 SOCCCD Mission Statement
1.5 IVC Schedule of Classes, Spring 1998
1.6 IVC College Governance – Standing Committees
1.7 IVC Strategic Plan 1996-2001, Status: Year Two
1.8 IVC Modified Mission Statement
1.9 Minutes of President's Council of December 3, 1997
1.10 Minutes of Board Meeting of February 17, 1998
1.11 Institutional Effectiveness Survey