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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.


Daytona State College is the premier source for education and training to facilitate individual advancement and economic development in Volusia and Flagler counties.


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.



Building on Excellence: 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:


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

  • Implement and sustain high-impact educational experience to support student success.
  • Provide educational programs and pathways that are accessible, flexible, and affordable.
  • Increase the use of best practices in course and program offerings to enhance the student experience.


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

  • Provide students personalized, program-specific career and academic support to help guide them toward their academic, professional, and personal goals.
  • Leverage data and analytics to identify barriers and help students stay on a pathway to success and completion.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration among faculty and staff to promote student success.


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 to increase awareness of the college's mission and services.
  • Develop and maintain educational partnerships that expand pathways for students.
  • Partner with community organizations and businesses to increase student success, retention and completion.


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

  • Provide access to technology resources and ensure proficiency in the use of technology.
  • Modernize existing physical and virtual spaces and reassess the need for additional physical and virtual spaces.
  • Expand recruiting initiatives that attract qualified and diverse employees and retain employees by providing a positive environment.