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1000 Statement of Philosophy

Education in Hartnell College is based upon our belief in people -- in their worth as individuals and in their capacity to develop their abilities to their fullest potential.

Hartnell College recognizes the value of education for its own sake and supports the concept of a diverse approach to education to meet the needs of students. This ideal assumes that the quality of life for the individual and for society as a whole will be enhanced by introduction of the individual to the knowledge and values associated with a diversified education.

The College believes in the dignity and worth of the individual as expressed through:

Educational programs directed toward developing the potential of each individual;

Opportunities for the development of individual moral and ethical values;

Access to knowledge and understanding in an environment which offers academic freedom and responsibility;

Recognition of the dignity of work and the need to prepare people for meaningful employment;

Flexible approaches to learning and programs that promote excellence and stimulate and motivate students, staff and community.

Hartnell College believes that education should be a continuous process, developing an awareness of oneself and one's environment and thus preparing students to function more effectively in a highly complex society. The proper functioning of a democratic society and the well-being of individuals depend on the opportunity for individuals to develop their abilities in accordance with their chosen goals.

Mission Statement
Hartnell College provides the leadership and resources to ensure that all students shall have equal access to a quality education and the opportunity to pursue and achieve their goals. We are responsive to the learning needs of our community and dedicated to a diverse educational and cultural campus environment that prepares our students for productive participation in a changing world.

Vision Statements
Hartnell College shall provide its diverse communities and student population with equal opportunities for educational access and success.

Hartnell College shall implement programs and services that recognize its culturally diverse community, and provide fair and ethical treatment of its entire population.

Hartnell College shall actively recruit, support and retain the best personnel.

Hartnell College shall seek and dedicate resources to be a technologically advanced institution.

Hartnell College shall support a learning environment that rewards creativity, innovation, and risk-taking.

Hartnell College shall anticipate and respond to change.

Hartnell College shall be a valuable resource and a facilitator of change for its communities.

Hartnell College shall enhance its local and global community partnerships and outreach activities.

Hartnell College shall excel in the recruitment, retention and placement of students.

Statement of Functions

1. Transfer and General Education

A. Offer those courses necessary for students to complete lower division major requirements prior to the time of actual transfer.

B. Guarantee course transferability through appropriate articulation agreements with the member institutions of the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems.

C. Ensure equivalency of lower division instruction with member institutions of the CSU and UC systems by engaging in curriculum development and by maintaining adequate communication with other institutions.

2. Occupational Education

A. Diversify the vocational/technical curriculum by offering both Associate Degree and certificate programs that reflect the needs of the students and the community.

B. Accommodate technological change by cooperatively designing in-service training programs to maintain and update skills.

C. Offer re-training programs to meet the needs of business, industry, government and non-profit agencies.

3. Developmental Education
A. Ensure equal opportunity of instruction and services for disabled, disadvantaged, minority, and non-traditional students.

B. Provide for the needs of students at whatever level they enter the College based upon their capacity to profit from instruction based on College evaluation procedures.

C. Provide developmental courses for students lacking basic skills necessary to complete general education, occupational education, or transfer education programs.

4. Community Education
A. Provide a variety of credit, non-credit and not-for-credit courses that respond to the cultural, vocational, avocational, and personal development needs of District residents.

B. Provide courses and services convenient to the public in their geographic locations.

C. Provide a variety of services, including facility use and cultural and recreational activities.

D. Respond to local requests for seminars, workshops and other instruction; these instructional activities would be on a self-supporting basis.

5. Student and Career Development
A. Provide student support services, including counseling, financial aid, testing, athletics, student activities, and recreational opportunities.

B. Offer career services which assist individuals in exploring their career interests in developing an educational program best suited to their needs, interests, and potential for personal growth, and obtaining employment within their field of study.

C. Demonstrate consistent interest and concern for the well-being of students in all areas of the College.

D. Provide specific, additional specialized services or educational programs for students with professionally verified disabilities. Provide reasonable accommodations for such students.

E. Promote growth, acceptance, and practice of lifelong education.

6. Economic Development

A. Advance California's economic growth and global competitiveness through education, training, and services that contribute to continuous work force improvement.

Statement of Objectives
Prepare students for admission with advanced standing to four-year colleges and universities.

Prepare students for employment with a background of both technical and general education knowledge.

Increase opportunities to develop and improve abilities to read, to listen with understanding and to communicate effectively.

Provide opportunities to promote the critical thinking process by the student.

Provide counseling services to help individuals discover their interests and abilities and determine an appropriate educational program.

Assist persons seeking career change or advancement, or re-entry into a career field.

Provide opportunities for students whose prior academic achievements are latent in relation to their stated educational and vocational goals.

Provide educational services for those not preparing for a career or not seeking a degree.

Promote opportunities to develop an understanding of and appreciation for our rich heritage of human discovery and creativity in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Extend services and programs throughout the District's service area in response to community needs.

Provide opportunities to increase students' self-understanding, self-direction and social, physical, and intellectual development.

Governing Board Rules & Regulations (1954), page 4 (see Governing Board Minutes, Appendix C, 3-6-84)
Education Code, sections 70902, 66010.4
Title 5, California Code of Regulations, 51020 (Formerly Governing Board Policy 2110; adopted 11-15-66)
Adopted: Revised and renumbered 10-1-85
Revised and Adopted: 7-2-91, 11-3-92, 4-4-95, 5-4-98, 7-14-05