Standard 1: Mission and Goals


The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution's stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.

A Framework for Success: 2011-2016 helped OCC focus on high priority areas for student and institutional success, but a longitudinal review of success data in 2014 revealed that the new focus needed to be on retention and completion. As a result, the College created a new mission/vision statement and a new set of goals in the form of Lazer Focus: 2016-2021, the College’s strategic plan. 

Standard 1 focuses on the mission and goals of OCC and asks; are they developed collaboratively, through the proper processes, are they appropriate to the institution, are they focused on students and are they periodically assessed.

FAQ Questions

How would you summarize the College’s Mission?

A - Subject to personal explanations but should capture the broad theme of “CNY’s partner for educational success”

In what format are OCC’s “goals” presented?

A – OCC’s institutional goals are identified in its strategic plan that is developed every 5 years.

What is an example of something you regularly do or have done as part of your job that supports OCC and its goals either directly or indirectly?

A- Answers will vary by individual but should touch on student access, student success, supporting the broader CNY community and/or supporting operational priorities.

How are OCC’s current mission and goals different from its past ones and why have they changed?

A – Answers should be able to contrast the two different mission statements, a move in focus from capital improvements to student success focused initiatives. Reasons for why it has changed can include looming shifts in higher education to outcome based funding and changes in demographics and community needs.  How did you participate in the process of developing the current set of College goals?

A - Possible examples could include

  • Involvement with CLC committees charged with creating new mission/vision statements
  • Strategic Plan Task Force
  • Trifecta Meetings
  • Environmental Scan presentations