Northwest Shoals Community College provides career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities using varied delivery systems; promotes economic growth; and enriches the quality of life for the people it serves.

Goal 1

To ensure access to education for all people throughout their lives with special efforts made to seek diversity of population and to support the historically underserved.

Goal 2

To continuously improve the quality of our varied educational offerings which lead to certificates, associate degrees, transfer to baccalaureate institutions, the general educational development of students, and immediate employment in an occupational field, the College strives to meet the following general educational outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in problem-solving skills.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in quantitative reasoning.

These outcomes are used to assess the general education competencies for all students.

Goal 3

To build community partnerships which support economic development.

Goal 4

To keep the curriculum current in order to strengthen the bridge for students to pursue further education and/or the workforce.

Goal 5

To meet the needs of a variety of community based populations by designing credit, non-credit, and CEU courses, using varied delivery systems and by making available services, activities, and other resources of the College.

Goal 6

To offer support services and extracurricular activities which enrich the student learning experience and help students formulate and achieve their goals.

Goal 7

To establish an environment which is safe, healthy, aesthetically pleasing, accessible to students, and otherwise learning centered.

Goal 8

To develop faculty and staff who are proficient, professional, and enthusiastic in advancing the mission of the College.

Goal 9

To become a model of institutional effectiveness and advancement through decision-making based on research, planning, on-going assessment, and adequate and equitable budgeting and distribution of funds.