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Institutional Mission, Values, and Strategic Priorities

Mission Statement

Daytona State College Mission Statement

Daytona State College, a comprehensive public college, provides access to a range of flexible programs, from community enrichment to the baccalaureate degree, emphasizing student success, embracing excellence and diversity, as well as fostering innovation to enhance teaching and learning.

Institutional Values

Community – The College community encompasses our students, faculty, staff and the public we serve. Our community is built upon mutual respect, effective and open communication, and civic responsibility. 

Integrity – Daytona State College strives for the highest ethical standards in all areas of operation, including the fair and consistent treatment of all members of the College community. The college fully supports academic freedom and the right of intellectual pursuit. 

Excellence – To achieve academic excellence, professionalism, and quality in all the programs and services we offer, Daytona State College employs a system of continuous improvement based on assessment, accountability and engagement with the entire community. 

Diversity – Diversity of people, thought and expression provides energy and vitality for the learning process. Daytona State College celebrates both the originality and distinction of individuals and cultures, while at the same time valuing the common bonds that unite us as a global community. 

Innovation – Innovation and creativity are the keys to our growth as an institution, as well as the growth and success of our students. Daytona State College prides itself on its ability to adapt to a rapidly changing world, finding positive and creative solutions to the challenges it faces. 

Student Success – There is no value more important than the success of our students. Our main goal is to provide students with the skills, knowledge and drive to succeed in the classroom, the workplace and in life. Beyond this success, we hope to instill in our students a lifelong love of learning.

Going for the Gold: Strategic Priorities and Initiatives

To fulfill its vision, carry out its mission, and live its values, Daytona State College has established the following strategic priorities and initiatives as the foundation for its future:

ENSURE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Offer quality educational programs that meet the academic and non-academic workforce needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond.

  • Establish clear, learning-based pathways that link coursework to a range of credentials and careers.
  • Implement innovative teaching practices that increase student success.
  • Close education attainment gaps among students from diverse backgrounds.

ENHANCE STUDENT SUCCESS

Increase student development and academic support to enhance student performance, engagement and retention.

  • Ensure that all students are on a guided academic pathway leading to a credential and a career.
  • Track students along their pathway in real time and identify any problems they face in meeting their learning goals.
  • Provide targeted academic, social and financial supports to keep students on a pathway to completion.

BUILD COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Expand and create partnerships with business, community and educational organizations that enhance the college mission and vision.

  • Raise the profile of DSC in the community by contributing to meeting community needs and increasing community awareness of the college's mission and services.
  • Develop partnerships that expand and strengthen educational pathways for our students.
  • Partner with community organizations and businesses to increase student success, retention and completion.

EMPHASIZE INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

Ensure efficient and effective use of college resources (fiscal, physical, human and technological).

  • Leverage organizational resources to advance wide-scale implementation of effective solutions.
  • Offer a positive working environment that attracts and retains diverse and talented faculty, staff and administrative leaders whose primary focus is to promote student success.
  • Provide a learning and working environment that supports the student success agenda of the college.