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Mission Statement

The Mission of Capital Community College is to provide quality affordable education to the diverse residents of the Greater Hartford Region. The College, located in the center of Hartford’s cultural and economic district, does this by:

  • Offering associate degree and certificate programs in academic and technical disciplines, and workforce training to prepare individuals for transfer education and careers;
  • Maintaining programs and support services that enable students to develop learning and critical thinking skills, self-confidence, personal growth and cultural enrichments;
  • Fostering an environment committed to learning and teaching, the collegial process, and the respectful and vigorous dialogue which nourishes active participation and service to the community.


The mission statement was reviewed as part of the preparation for the College's five-year interim accreditation report to NEASC. The authors of the report concluded:

Capital's new Mission Statement meets the NEASC standard. It improves on the previous Mission Statement by addressing concerns raised in the institution's 1996 self-study report and the visiting team's evaluation report. First, it is far more concise (131 words) compared to the Mission Statement in place five years ago (362 words). Second, it reflects a single sense of direction and purpose. It does not mention "merger" or "formerly two separate institutions," nor does it give the reader the sense that the College is still struggling with its identity. Third, the Mission Statement is efficient in its choice of words while addressing the College's unique purpose to serve an urban, diverse community with a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of "continually evolving higher education and lifelong learning."

When the Mission Statement was being completed, the Strategic Planning Committee was charged with using it as a cornerstone for developing overall strategic goals and plans for the College. The planning process is addressed later in this report; however, it should be noted that the Mission Statement has had a significant influence on strategic planning and resource allocation at Capital Community College. In response to an institutional survey administered in April 200l by the Office of Institutional Research, 85 percent of the respondents reported that they "strongly agree" or "agree" that they are familiar with and support the mission and goals of the College.

One remaining issue with the Mission Statement is that it has omitted any specific reference to the role of the College in technical education. A second problem with the Mission Statement is that it should more accurately reflect the deep roots and active presence the College has in its community. Capital Community College "serves," "offers," "provides," and "maintains" an environment where education takes place. However, the College is identified not only as a physical location or a set of programs, but as the center of an educational system that promotes individual success as a member of a wider community. Perhaps a future review of this Mission Statement might add a fourth way the College fulfills its mission: by actively participating in creating a sense of unity among the College and community organizations, social agencies, businesses, and the people it serves.


The Planning Review Committee is the successor to the Strategic Planning Committee that developed Capital's new Mission Statement. The Planning Review Committee, as a unit of the College's governance structure, is charged with re-evaluating the Mission Statement and making recommended changes, if needed, as part of the ongoing planning, assessment, and evaluation process. Therefore, this Committee will review the Mission Statement in the near future as part of a new cycle of strategic planning, considering elements such as active community-building, the role of technology in education, the region's changing economic picture, and the College's move to Downtown Hartford.

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