Core Values & Goals

The following list is a draft of what we feel are the Core Values of Northland Community & Technical College. A “core value” is something that we feel to be centrally important to us as a college. Since Quality Education seems to have a primary place above the rest, we are considering that to be the Key Theme of the AMP, giving us a focal point to work around while we consider all the other things that are also important to us and all the things we’d like to accomplish. The descriptions of these Core Values are intended to define some of the terms and elaborate on what it is about each concept that we find to be important. The Core Values will inform the Goals we set in the AMP, since we want the things we accomplish to fall in line with those things that are most important to us as a college.

Primary Core Value

Quality Education

Northland considers quality education to be our primary core value. To support a quality education, we aspire to offer relevant programs and course options; to foster engaged, knowledgeable faculty who inspire students to be lifelong learners; and to provide clear pathways to student success.

Other Core Values

Student Success

Northland defines student success as students meeting substantive academic goals as well as their own personal goals, from their first course through completion and beyond. To support student success, we aspire to provide opportunities for academic engagement; to meet the unique needs of individual students and student groups; and to offer students a meaningful return on their investments in time, effort, and financial resources.

Internal Community

Northland’s internal community consists of our students, faculty, staff, and administration--everyone actively involved on our multiple campuses. To support a cohesive internal community, we aspire to satisfy the unique needs and desires of a diverse college community; to offer transparent communication between different stakeholders within the college community; to encourage professional development and growth in our faculty, staff, and administration; to respect the rights of all members of our community; and to seek collaborative input in working toward shared goals.

External Community

Northland fosters many relationships with our external community, which consists of other educational institutions, local industry, citizens, and other stakeholder groups. To support a healthy relationship between us and the external community, we aspire to promote our value to the external community; to draw value from the external community; to maintain existing partnerships and developing new partnerships with stakeholder groups; to maintain an open, transparent line of communication with interested groups; to provide high quality service to the communities we serve; and to view our education of students as a vital part of promoting good citizenship and creating leaders in the workforce and other community groups.

Resource Stewardship

Northland’s stewardship of our resources involves seeking out and responsibly utilizing available resources, with a view toward the long-term vitality of the college and the communities we serve. To support resource stewardship, we aspire to use our resources to support institutional priorities and to commit to meeting our obligation to use financial and other resources responsibly.


These three broad Goals flow out of the Core Values, and each Goal will be specified in the form of many sub-goals. Goal 1 will include goals related to Quality Education and Student Success. Goal 2 will include goals related to the Internal Community and Resource Stewardship. Goal 3 will include goals related to the External Community. Below are drafts of each of the three broad Goals, including some samples of potential sub-goals. The individual goals we set will need to be specific enough to be useful, so for each individual goal, we will identify who will be responsible for its implementation, what resources will be needed, and whatever else relevant information we need as a strategy for accomplishing the goal.

Goal 1: Quality Education & Student Success

Provide a quality education by continuinglyimproving programs and curricula that encourages student success.

Goal 2: Internal Community & Resource Stewardship

Cultivate an open college community that nourishes collaboration, communication, student life, professional development, and resource stewardship.

Goal 3: External Community

Strengthen relationships with the communities we serve, grounded in open communication and responsiveness to industry and community needs.