Criterion One – Mission

1.A – Core Component 1.A

The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.

  1. The mission statement is developed through a process suited to the nature and culture of the institution and is adopted by the governing board.
  2. The institution’s academic programs, student support services, and enrollment profile are consistent with its stated mission.
  3. The institution’s planning and budgeting priorities align with and support the mission. (This sub-component may be addressed by reference to the response to Criterion 5.C.1.)

Argument

Metropolitan Community College’s mission is preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities. This statement is broadly understood within the institution and guides all of its operations including enrollment services, academic programs, and student support services. MCC’s budgeting and planning priorities focus on completion of its mission.

Mission Development Process

The mission had undergone revision immediately prior to the last accreditation visit. With input from employees, working through MCC’s shared governance systems, then receipt of approval from the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and finally the Board of Trustees, the new mission was approved and put in place in the spring of 2005 (Board Approval Minutes). The mission was approved throughout the governance of MCC (1435 Continued Accreditation-Team Report 20060306 ).

The mission revision was successful in reducing the number of words from 40 to six, which allowed all constituencies to understand and focus on what the college does. It can be recited at the drop of a hat. The succinct mission is guided by the vision and purpose statements: MCC is dedicated to serving the educational needs of the community.

Philosophy

Metropolitan Community College is dedicated to serving the educational needs of the community. The college programs are intended to help students understand themselves, the society of which they are a part and the universe in which they live.

At the same time, MCC provides opportunities for students to develop occupational skills. Faculty and administrators cooperate to create an environment that stimulates intellectual growth and nurtures academic freedom for students and instructors alike. The programs offered are intended to encourage lifelong learning.

Finally, the MCC employees are committed to providing equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, creed, race or gender.

Mission 

MCC’s mission embraces the power of simplicity, focusing on what the institution does at its core: Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities.

In order to accomplish this mission, the board of trustees has empowered the Chancellor, as executive officer, to implement its policies. The chancellor, with the other officers of the District, will provide leadership in the implementation of the mission and goals of the District.

Vision

Learning is the focus of everything we do at Metropolitan Community College. Student learning is central to our mission; employee learning is key to our strength; and organizational learning is the foundation for innovation and growth. Learning is a lifelong process. Learners are whole persons with intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, social, ethical, vocational, and economic dimensions. As learners, as facilitators of learning, and as an organization, we accept responsibility to:

  • Manage learning and commit the time and energy that meaningful learning requires.
  • Encourage free, open, and respectful exchange of ideas as a natural part of change.
  • Synthesize tradition and innovation in order to enhance academic achievement.
  • Design and implement structures and processes that promote learning.
  • Draw on diversity to influence and inform learning.
  • Engage in continuous assessment, reflection, and adaptation.
  • Create a physical, social, and intellectual environment that supports learning.
  • Build partnerships that promote individual, institutional, and community betterment.

Purpose

In pursuit of MCC’s mission, the District:

  • Provides courses and associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete bachelor’s degrees.
  • Provides courses, certificates and associate degree programs to prepare students to enter the work force in skilled jobs and careers.
  • Provides courses, certificates and associate degree programs to assist adult workers to upgrade their job skills, change careers, or advance in their careers.
  • Provides instruction in core academic skills that prepare students to succeed in college-level courses and programs.
  • Provides student development and support services to assist students to achieve their academic, career and personal goals.
  • Provides and support activities to enhance student learning outside the classroom.
  • Provides a range of services and accommodations to help all prospective students overcome barriers to access college programs and opportunities
  • Provides courses and other educational and cultural activities to enrich the lives of members of the community.
  • Provide business support services and other training and assistance to support the economic development of the community. (FabLab at MCC – Business & Technology)
  • Collaborates with other educational institutions, community-based organizations, agencies, businesses and industries to meet the needs of the community.(MCC in the News – – FabLab featured on KCUR)

The college’s programs are intended to help students understand themselves, the society of which they are a part and the universe in which they live.

MCC provides opportunities for students to develop occupational skills. Faculty and administrators cooperate to create an environment that stimulates intellectual growth and nurtures academic freedom for instructors (Academic Freedom) and students alike. The programs offered are intended to encourage lifelong learning.

MCC employees are committed to providing equal opportunity for all persons free from discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability.(Discrimination Policy, Non-Discrimination)

Alignment of MCC Governance, Planning, and Budgeting Processes with Mission

MCC operates publicly as Metropolitan Community College under the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). The guiding task of the CBHE is to oversee the functioning of the district and work closely with the Chancellor to ensure that the college’s mission is at the heart of all decisions. MCC is categorized as an open admissions institution in the state of Missouri (CBHE Admissions Selectivity Categories).  Missouri has a policy on the type of credit each of its higher education institutions offers (MO Lower Division Delivery Policy).

The Board of Trustees derives its authority from the General Assembly of the State of Missouri.

Administrative, faculty, and staff shared governance systems actively exchange ideas on topics relevant to the working and academic environment of the college. (Governance System Board PolicyGovernance System District Regulation).

The Chancellor’s Policy Review Committee (CPRC) was formed to allow input from all governance groups during the development of MCC policies, procedures, revisions, and rescissions. The CPRC comprises representatives of the three MCC governance groups (staff, faculty, and administrative), and a chair appointed by the Chancellor. Each governance group is represented on the CPRC by its current president, its current policy committee chair, and two members of its policy committee selected by the governance groups. (PolicyCPRC)

The institution has processes in place to ensure that the planning and budgeting priorities align with its mission. MCC’s mission guides college operations as shown through the following planning documents: MCC Strategic Plan, Spring 2015 Score CardZero Based Budgeting Resources, SEM Work Groups, SEM Plan Structure, MCC Annual Report 20122013 MCC Budget Book, 2014 MCC Budget Book, 2011 MCC Budget Book, 2012 MCC Budget Book.

The budgeting and strategic planning processes are fully described in Criterion 5.C.

Alignment of MCC Services with Mission

MCC’s academic programs, student support services and enrollment profile are consistent with its mission of “Preparing students, creating opportunities, serving communities.”

Preparing students: MCC is an open admission institution that serves a variety of student demographics.  It provides strong academic programs for both transfer and career preparation (List of all programs). Online course and program offerings provide students experience with nontraditional forms of instruction that are becoming commonplace for business professional development and training. The flexibility of these courses allows a greater variety of students to access educational opportunities on their schedule. (Blackboard Usage)

Learning centers on all campuses provide free tutoring. MCC libraries offer a wealth of student learning support including instructional databases, reference librarians and areas for students to meet.  MCC has also committed extensive resources to updating instructional equipment in career and STEM programs. There is a robust assessment program using multiple measures to ensure student learning and to make continuous improvements in the classroom. Professional development opportunities are available for both faculty and staff. Additional information on professional development can be found in Criterion 3.C.

Creating opportunities: MCC serves the greater metropolitan Kansas City area which includes nine counties with a mixture of urban, suburban, and rural populations.  The college’s students represent a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and academic preparation.  (Fall 2014 District Factbook, Spring 2015 District Factbook, Summer 2014 District Factbook, MCC Market Analysis). The five campuses are spread across the Missouri side of the Kansas City area, accessible to the students in the service area.

Serving communities: MCC offers both credit and noncredit courses.  The MCC Institute for Workforce Innovation works closely with the Kansas City business community to meet economic development needs and training.  Community education programs provide inexpensive classes to promote lifelong learning to local residents (Community Education Spring Brochure 2013, Spring 2015 Brochure, LV College for Kids – 2015). Free classes for senior citizens are offered as space allows (Tuition and Fee Waivers over 65).  The college presents cultural events for the community. FEMA storm shelters are available to the public.

1.B – Core Component 1.B

The mission is articulated publicly.

  1. The institution clearly articulates its mission through one or more public documents, such as statements of purpose, vision, values, goals, plans, or institutional priorities.
  2. The mission document or documents are current and explain the extent of the institution’s emphasis on the various aspects of its mission, such as instruction, scholarship, research, application of research, creative works, clinical service, public service, economic development, and religious or cultural purpose.
  3. The mission document or documents identify the nature, scope, and intended constituents of the higher education programs and services the institution provides.

Argument

MCC articulates its mission through many public documents that include the college’s mission, vision and purpose statements. MCC periodically reviews its mission (the last review occurred in 2005) to ensure that it is relevant and clearly identifies the nature, scope, and intended audiences for its higher education programs and services.

MCC communicates its mission publicly through a variety of mechanisms that include:

  1. The College’s website (http://mcckc.edu)
  2. MCC’s Course Catalog
  3. MCC’s Student Handbook (the college’s mission is a link on the left side of the web page)
  4. MCC’s Faculty Handbook
  5. MCC’s Annual Report (samples from 2012 and 2015)
  6. The New Employee Handbook that’s provided as part of a mandatory training for all new College employees
  7. Employee Business Cards all articulate the mission: Example Business Card
  8. The College seal (MCC_SEAL_FULL_COLOR_2015)

The public documents are current and updated annually.  They explain the extent of MCC’s emphasis on aspects of its mission, such as instruction, scholarship, research, application of research, creative works, clinical service, public service, and economic development.

As explained in Core Component 1.A, the mission was revised in 2005 in a collaborative and shared governance process. The mission – – “Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities” – – demonstrates MCC’s commitment to the educational purpose of the college, service to the surrounding community, and creating opportunities for all.

Because MCC is an open access institution, the mission statement speaks to the entire service area community.  The philosophy statement in Core Component 1.A outlines the nature of educational programs that MCC is committed to providing.

1.C – Core Component 1.C

The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.

  1. The institution addresses its role in a multicultural society.
  2. The institution’s processes and activities reflect attention to human diversity as appropriate within its mission and for the constituencies it serves.

Argument

Metropolitan Community College’s commitment to diversity is expressed directly in its commitment statement, non-discrimination statement, core values and vision.  This message is communicated on the college website (Chancellors Message)

MCC promotes opportunities to learn in a complex, inclusive, and ever-changing environment. This means that the strategic approach to issues associated with diversity programs, resources, and initiatives must be intentional and purposeful. MCC takes a proactive approach involving careful planning, pooling of resources, and engagement that is crucial to the long-term success of ensuring that the value of diversity is infused throughout the entire system and its operations.

MCC has several initiatives and services that facilitate the mission and core values to engage diverse principles, programs and resources within the community, locally and globally. Diversity is directly addressed in curriculum, campus life, the college workplace and the larger community through international programs and services, professional development opportunities, equity and inclusion efforts, supplier diversity initiatives, community outreach, and extracurricular activities. 

In addition to ongoing initiatives, it is vital that the college examine and assess the current community and projected growth of ethnic populations as part of a commitment to assure that MCC is serving the area’s diverse needs (MCC Market Analysis).

Role in a Multicultural Society

The college continues to focus efforts on diversifying its workforce. Many of the approaches discussed in MCC’s 2006 accreditation visit have evolved.

Starting in 2008, the college began to move away from relying on employee volunteers to lead diversity initiatives. New strategies designed to infuse the importance of MCC’s commitment to diversity included assigning responsibilities for diversity initiatives to one of the college officers and the chief of staff to the chancellor. The college also engaged the services of an independent contractor, the Legacy Group, which offers experience in diversity and higher education to ensure consistency and quality of programming.

Programming of diversity has now moved well beyond awareness and an annual retreat.  Current initiatives focus on teaching and learning, interactions in the workplace, recruitment and support of underrepresented students and a wide range of information more directly tied to the work of the college. This has helped keep MCC’s commitment to diversity and the importance of having a diverse employee pool before hiring managers and the MCC workforce as a whole.

In addition to these efforts, in the summer of 2015 the chancellor initiated a search process for an executive director for inclusion and diversity who will be a direct report. This position will help establish a permanent structure to support MCC’s growing diversity initiatives.

MCC has undertaken a series of professional development experiences both independently and in partnership with other organizations specifically geared toward the needs of a diverse student population. These include a Faculty Development Day; Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion; and The Gathering. These events help sensitize current faculty and staff to the needs of underrepresented students, as well as communicating MCC’s commitment to diversity to potential employees from underrepresented groups.

Presidential Commissions on Diversity and Inclusion are in various developmental stages on each campus, with work beginning on a districtwide commission. The campus commissions will enhance MCC’s ability to provide ample venues for employees to participate in the diversity agenda. MCC’s new employee diversity training is now focused on recognizing bias and micro-inequalities, as well as how behavior in the workplace influences recruitment and retention of underrepresented students and employees. In 2009, as part of MCC’s continued efforts to instill a welcoming and inclusive environment, the college incorporated sexual orientation into its non-discrimination policy and began to provide benefits for domestic partners, and in 2015 gender identity was added to the non-discrimination policy.

The legal landscape has changed significantly since 2006, presenting challenges in continuing the faculty internship program the college once had in place. Declining enrollment and financial constraints have also impacted opportunities for hiring. However, MCC has placed increased emphasis on creating diverse hiring pools–recruiting through personal contacts, affinity groups, and professional organizations–and utilizing specialized search firms along with greater utilization of diverse advertising for positions in both local and national publications including Dos Mundos, KC Call, KC Globe, KC Hispanic News, Asian Life, The Black Perspective, Hispanic-Today, Veteran’s Enterprise, Women in Business and Industry, Latin American, AssociationDisabilityConnect.com, WorkplaceDiversity.com, AllDiversity.com, DiversityConnect.com, LGBTConnect.com, OutandEqual.com, HispanicDiversity.com and VeteransConnect.com.

As a result these focused outreach efforts, since 2006 MCC has seen significant increases in underrepresented groups in its workforce, particularly at the higher levels of the organization. Since 2006 the percentage of officers from underrepresented groups has increased 28 percent, administrators from underrepresented groups have increased 13 percent, and full-time faculty members from underrepresented groups have increased 3 percent, with staff numbers remaining steady (2006 – 2015 Demographic Race Data By Empl Grp with %).

While the numbers of underrepresented employees are trending in the right direction, this fall a review of the hiring polices is being undertaken to look for additional opportunities to impact the hiring of a diverse workforce.

MCC’s minority supplier program is also coming of age, with the hiring of a permanent manager in 2008. MCC now provides locally acclaimed workshops and minority supplier fairs that assist minority suppliers. Internally, new processes have been put in place to better identify minority suppliers, and purchasing practices are reviewed on an ongoing basis to reinforce minority supplier buying strategies.

 

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES 

Human Diversity Courses

In order to advance curriculum outcomes related to diversity and to better prepare students for a global workforce and living in a society with evolving demographics, in 2002 MCC’s faculty created a learning enhancement requirement within the Associate in Arts degree curriculum. Courses containing diversity components throughout the course, including the course title, course description, course content, and course outcomes were identified as required Human Diversity courses. The distribution of diversity components across these courses was charted in Diversity Components.

Within the context of Human Diversity courses students examine the sources of emotions, community, commonality and conflict associated with diversity and gain cognitive awareness of their own perspectives as they relate to other groups and other societies in the world. Students will develop a deeper awareness and a greater understanding of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and political ideology within their own society as well as other societies.

From 2002 to 2007 MCC faculty participated in a statewide Title VI grant on global diversity, which led to infusing a number of courses with global content.  This created a nucleus of interested faculty resulting in the development of Global Diversity courses that were first scheduled and enrolled in 2009. During the revision of the Associate in Arts degree in 2013-14 faculty updated and required Global Diversity courses as a component of the degree requirements. (AA Human Diversity, Global Diversity Courses)

Preparados en Salud

Preparados en Salud was a partnership between Metropolitan Community College’s Institute for Workforce Innovation, the Full Employment Council, the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation, Jewish Vocational Services, and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to provide Kansas City’s first training for bilingual students entering the healthcare field. It was inspired by the Carreras en Salud model, a bilingual healthcare training program based in Chicago. It was designed to help meet the demand for bilingual healthcare workers as well as serve the region’s burgeoning Hispanic population. Truman Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics provided input about employer needs. It combined Certified Nurse Assistant training, academic and workforce preparation, and prerequisite classes designed ultimately to help students seeking admission to Metropolitan Community College’s practical nursing program. (Bilingual Healthcare, Preparados)

Applied Language Institute

The institute’s mission is to offer comprehensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction for academic, personal, or professional purposes.  In addition, the institute aims to provide students with an understanding of American culture and values, particularly within the educational environment, while teaching students to preserve, appreciate and value their own cultures and languages.

The Applied Language Institute at MCC serves about 300 students per year. Approximately 90   percent of these students belong to the local non-native English-speaking community. They are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and refugees whose first language is other than English. The ALI serves international students seeking to learn or improve their English language skills. In its 24 years of existence, the institute has evolved from a small two-level intensive program into a large comprehensive ESL program. (International Students)

The ALI employs highly qualified faculty members who have a desire to work with a non-native speaking student population, and who enjoy the diversity that these students bring to our college.  With excellent facilities, exceptional instructors, and a tremendous variety of career programs at a low cost, the Applied Language Institute is a true asset to MCC in terms of diversity and cultural enrichment.

Non-native English speakers are tested in English when they arrive on campus. Students who need additional English assistance take ALI courses in grammar, writing, reading & vocabulary, and speaking & listening. ALI’s intensive day program offers up to 20 hours of instruction per week. Students can take up to 12 hours of instruction in the evening program. Classes are small and offered at all levels of instruction, making it possible for students to benefit from the ALI programs regardless of their level of proficiency. (ALI 2013, MCC International Festival, ALI Algerian Students)

Civil Rights Learning Community

This credit course/learning community is taught by a team of faculty members and is designed to focus the learning experience through motivation, small group work and integrated reading. This course presents African American history and criminology from a shared perspective emphasizing the evolution of civil and human rights in the United States. The time span covered is from 1865 with specific coverage of Reconstruction, the civil rights acts from 1866 to 1964, anti-lynching laws, the Jim Crow era, Voter Rights Act and present day civil rights issues. The capstone for the course is a four-day bus tour of historic sites in Memphis, Atlanta, Montgomery and Birmingham to contextualize the course curriculum. (Civil Rights LC).

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Training Programs

MCC is committed to an organizational culture that promotes equity and inclusion and one that provides employees with professional development opportunities to enhance an understanding of how micro-inequities and micro-affirmations impact work environments and efficiency. To this end, the training classes “Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace” is designed to provide the supervisor with resources and skills for creating a respectful and inclusive work environment. “Diversity and Inclusion” training is offered to employees periodically throughout the year and is designed to allow employees to explore and understand micro-inequities and micro-affirmations to aid in promoting positive work relationships. In addition, MCC’s Equity and Inclusion Lecture Series provides faculty and staff with an opportunity to learn from professionals in the field on various topics around multiculturalism, equity, and inclusion.

All new employees receive diversity awareness training, an interactive session that explores the reality of working in a diverse environment, how self-bias can impact a work team, and the value that diversity brings to an organization. All new hires learn what diversity and inclusion means to Metropolitan Community College. PD Handbook, PD Supervisor

Campus Police and Public Safety Sensitivity Training

MCC maintains a fully functioning Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified police force. Recognizing the unique aspects of the campus environment and embracing concepts of community policing, MCC has also developed campus police training using an experiential based model that assists participants with exploring, understanding, and challenging thoughts, values, and ideas of difference in the community.

MCC SYSTEMWIDE PROGRAMS

EQUITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAMS

An investment in civility enhances the educational value and contributes to students’ success in our global society. This has been a longstanding goal of MCC as evidenced by Chancellors Report Diversity, Chancellors Report Diversity Executive Summary.

To this end, several initiatives have been developed and implemented during the period of 2010-2014, focusing on professional development, community engagement, equity and inclusion, social justice, student development, faculty development, and civility and respect. The goal of this effort is to move away from a one-large-event model spearheaded by a small group and expand programing over the entire academic calendar and include meaningful participation by students and employees at each campus to create a culture of inclusiveness and appreciation of difference.

Civility and Respect Series

This lecture and workshop series is offered to all MCC employees and students throughout the year to provide skills, expand knowledge and expose the college community to different perspectives and contemporary issues.  The series also includes a common book to read: a selection relevant to issues of diversity and inclusion. (Equity and Inclusion Programs 2015, Civility_Dialogue, Diversity and Inclusion)

The following programs are offered to all MCC employees throughout the year in a conference format providing best practices and skills in a “tool set” model that enhances the cultural needs of students and the community.

Summit on Access, Persistence and Completion

This one-day conference provides faculty and staff with best practices and resources around strategic recruitment of under-represented populations, as well as exploring and developing retention-based systems that promote the life cycle of student success. (Access Persistence).

Social Justice Conference

This one-day experience provides faculty and staff with cultural competencies and training on the development of inclusive environments and practices both inside and outside the classroom. Designed to provide an engaging and interactive experience around issues of diversity, the Social Justice Conference is an experiential model for learning and growth. (MCC Social Justice Conference)

Faculty Development Day

This one-day academic development day provides teaching and non-teaching faculty with an opportunity to explore ways to build diversity into the curriculum and develop pedagogies of inclusive teaching and learning. Faculty Development Day

Presidential Commissions on Equity and Inclusion

The Presidential Commission on Equity and Inclusion was a district-initiated program first rolled out at the MCC-Penn Valley campus. The commissions are campus-based groups that provide leadership and guidance for faculty and staff on issues of multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice.The commissions are now in place at various stages of development at all five campuses. Representatives will be selected by each campus and from the Administrative Center to form the Chancellor’s Commission on Equity and Inclusion. This structure will ensure that each campus has a vehicle to consider campus-specific unique needs and issues as well as understand and share diversity best practices and needs across the district. The charge of the Presidential Commissions is to advise and assert several fundamental goals.

  • To propel MCC’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive learning environment where differences are embraced, respected, and valued.
  • To develop action plans and strategies to maximize existing resources to leverage the richness of the existing diversity.
  • Develop strategies to dramatically improve the recruitment, retention, and completion of Metropolitan Community College’s diverse population of students.
  • Through several strategic components the Presidential Commission will represent and promote an atmosphere that encourages learning and promotes the value of diversity for all campus community members.

Martin Luther King Jr. Chancellor’s Scholarship Luncheon

As part of the commitment to honor service to the community and embrace issues of equity and inclusion, MCC sponsors the MLK Chancellor’s Scholarship and Recognition Luncheon. This event, open to employees, students, and community partners, recognizes the role that Dr. King played in assuring that all people are treated with dignity and respect.  The program also provides scholarships to students who have personified this theme throughout their collegiate experience at MCC. MLK Scholarship Winner, MLK Scholarship luncheon

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY PROGRAM

MCC understands the value of identifying diverse suppliers and of maintaining good vendor relationships. As one of the country’s premier urban-suburban community colleges, MCC works to extend opportunities not only to students, but also to small, minority and women-owned businesses.

This initiative is a powerful means of benefiting the economy and the communities the college serves. To this end, in June 2009 MCC hired full time staff to move the supplier diversity program forward. Not only does MCC seek to buy from small, minority and women-owned businesses but also workshops, outreach activities, and networking events have been developed for the growth of their businesses.

The supplier diversity coordinator works closely with the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the Midwest Plains Supplier Development Council to identify prospective minority businesses that may gain a share of district expenditures. All issued bids are sent to identifiable minority and women vendors that are qualified to bid on the district’s needs. The purchasing department uses a computer software package that enables vendors to identify themselves as minority or women-owned.

MCC continues its efforts to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses district-wide. This includes supervision and monitoring of activities to increase internal and external awareness of the college’s commitment to this important priority. MCC’s supplier diversity coordinator works to establish best practices and procedures to increase opportunities and to support campus business offices, cost centers, departments, and purchasing to ensure greater opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.

The college also continues to participate in events to introduce these business owners to the district. Links on the purchasing department website to minority business enterprise/woman-owned business enterprise (MBE/WBE) online directories are provided, and the district shares certification information for any MBE/WBE vendor interested in becoming certified. These efforts afford MCC the opportunity to expand its vendor base and ensure it receives the best products and services at the best price. Additionally, MCC reports on dollars spent with minority and women-owned businesses that have been certified as such by outside agencies. MCC has received various awards for its efforts in supplier diversity (Spends by Ethnicity fy2013-14, Graph of Spends in Dollars, Diversity Links).

The nation’s small-business sector is responsible for creating most of the country’s new jobs. This stimulates economic growth. MCC has increased opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses with training, education, mentoring, networking and other development approaches. MCC’s supplier diversity coordinator regularly collaborates with and participates in community organization activities, including those of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, Black Agenda Group, the Latino Coalition of KC, and the Mountain Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (MWBE, MWBE Expo, Reverse Vendor, MCC Supplier DiversityBasic Immigration, Procurement One-on-One 2013, American Heritage Month, Hispanic Marketing Basics, Immigrant Requirements, JE Dunn MCBD Expo).

The Brooks Institute

The Brooks Institute was developed to be a resource for the community. Named for Alvin Brooks, a prominent former law enforcement professional, city councilman and mayor pro tem for Kansas City, the institute was founded through a joint effort of space allocation from MCC and financial backing from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City. Conceived and managed through the social science division of MCC-Penn Valley, the Brooks Institute focuses on preparing students academically for the field of criminal justice and engaging the broader community in discussions and programming on urban policy grounded in an understanding of historical perspective. The Brooks Institute

Student Veterans and Reservists

MCC salutes military veterans and eagerly welcomes students who are veterans or reservists. The Veterans Upward Bound program, located on the MCC-Penn Valley campus serves the Kansas City metropolitan community and is the only Veterans Upward Bound program in the state of Missouri (VUB Flyer).  Additionally, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program is available to MCC students through a partnership with Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, and the Pony Express Battalion.

AFFINITY GROUPS 

African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA)

MCC African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA) was established by employees to provide information, support, resources, and advocacy for African American employees.

The organization attends to academic, administrative, and social issues that impact the ethnic/multi-ethnic climate of MCC and offers a community platform for staff, faculty, and students to learn from one another. In addition to monthly meetings, programs and events are held throughout the year in efforts to help others become a part of the AAFSA community. AAFSA is committed to serving MCC students, the community college, and other. One notable AAFSA initiative is the March to 300, a student recruitment effort to attract a diverse pool of students to the college.

Student Veterans of America

MCC-Penn Valley has an active chapter of Student Veterans of America, and chapters are forming on other MCC campuses. Veterans Welcome, Veterans Day Activities 2013, Veterans News.

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)/Sexual and Gender Equality (SAGE)

GSA/SAGE brings lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and straight allies together to meet new people and have fun in a safe and supportive environment. Social and educational programs are designed to foster a positive and realistic image of the LGBTQ community, and to ensure all students at MCC experience a welcoming and affirming learning environment. By raising awareness of different sexual and gender identities, linking homophobia with other oppressions, and advocating for equal treatment for all students, GSA/SAGE helps to create a school environment free of homophobic, sexual, verbal and physical harassment. Each college sponsors activities to support GSA/SAGE communities. MCC offers safe zone training to improve the environment for GSA/SAGE district-wide. GSA-SAGEMCC Safety Zones, LGBT- BR, LGBT-Chalk

CAMPUS-SPECIFIC PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES

Am I My Brother’s Keeper Conference (Penn Valley and Longview campuses)

The goal of the AIMBK conference is to provide an academic and leadership development experience for current and emerging high school and college African American and Latino men, with an emphasis on responsibility, citizenship, leadership training, and development. The conference is also designed to address the many issues that face African-American and Latino men on their respective campuses. These issues include career exploration and networking, retention, academic success, male/female relationships, health in the community, financial management, and most important, civility and the responsibility of mentoring young African American and Latino men. The conference is open to any African American or Latino male student at their respective schools. 2013 My Brothers Keeper

Back to Sisterhood Conference (Penn Valley campus)

The Back to Sisterhood Women’s Leadership Summit addresses issues facing African American and Latino young women in their communities as well as leadership roles and responsibilities in high school and on college campuses. Special focus is placed on initiatives that can be implemented through coaching, mentoring, and program development for student leaders. The conference is also designed for high school young women focusing on college preparation, as well as emerging leaders that are looking for resources and programs to assist them with issues like civility, relationship building, responsibility to the community, and, of course, academic success. Back to Sisterhood

Corporate Work Study Program

MCC is one of many corporate partners that participate in the Cristo Rey High School Corporate Work Study Program for students from culturally diverse backgrounds with economic needs. The work experiences provided by area businesses and institutions are central to the student’s academic success and transformative in helping them set their sights on college and career. It is one way to give back to the community while also mentoring and cultivating tomorrow’s work force and Kansas City’s future leaders. CWSP Brochure

Disability Support Services (All Campuses)

Metropolitan Community College complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits discrimination in admission or access to programs based on disability. Each MCC campus has a Disability Support Services (DSS) office that provides individualized services for students with disabilities. In the fall semester of 2014, more than 600 students district-wide arranged services through the DSS offices. Services include classroom accommodations, interpreters, readers, and scribes, providing resources to faculty or staff, connecting with community professionals and agencies, supplying textbooks in alternative formats, arranging alternative testing, providing assistive technology, and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. DSS Flyer, DSS Brochure

In addition to the campus DSS offices, the college has an ADA compliance office at the district level. A new position, the director of student disability services, was created in 2015 to coordinate district-wide compliance with federal ADA and Section 504 regulations and assist with development, implementation, and maintenance of policies and procedures related to this legislation. The ADA compliance office also houses the district adaptive technology coordinator, interpreter coordinator, and linguistic learning specialist.

From 1991 until the spring semester of 2015, MCC-Longview offered the Academic Bridges to Learning Effectiveness (ABLE) program. This program provided academic support for students with learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological diagnoses. The ABLE program was discontinued due to duplication of a variety of services provided by the DSS offices as well as fiscal constraints. ABLE Brochure

MCC also provides services for individuals with disabilities in the community. The MCC-Maple Woods campus offers the College Experience for Adults With Developmental Disabilities (CEADD) program, which makes available noncredit courses for this population. The classroom is set up to accommodate almost any student, with wheelchair access, adaptive educational materials, interpreters and qualified instructors (CEADD Brochure). Additionally, from 1994 until Spring 2015, noncredit courses were offered at MCC-Longview for individuals with developmental disabilities through a University of Missouri-Kansas City (ACED) program. UMKC has since discontinued these courses at MCC. 

Ethnic and Multi-cultural Festivals (All Campuses)

Each campus sponsors or co-sponsors, with community organizations, activities to support awareness of diversity. The Applied Language Institute (ALI) International Festival at MCC-Penn Valley and the Northland Ethnic Festival at MCC-Maple Woods are examples of extracurricular enrichment activities for MCC students and the college communities annually. (MW NL Ethnic Festival) MCC also participates each year in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (MLK Day of Service).

Storytelling Celebration (Maple Woods Campus)

For the past 15 years, MCC-Maple Woods has presented the Kansas City Storytelling Celebration. This time-honored tradition of storytelling is held in more than 100 sites across the Kansas City metropolitan area, and all events are free and open to the public. Storytellers from throughout the region and across the nation bring their tales of mischief, merrymaking, and morals to all ages and ethnicities. The major goal of the Storytelling Celebration has been to reach out to and connect people from all walks of life through words. (Story-Schedule 2013)

1.D – Core Component 1.D

The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.

  1. Actions and decisions reflect an understanding that in its educational role the institution serves the public, not solely the institution, and thus entails a public obligation.
  2. The institution’s educational responsibilities take primacy over other purposes, such as generating financial returns for investors, contributing to a related or parent organization, or supporting external interests.
  3. The institution engages with its identified external constituencies and communities of interest and responds to their needs as its mission and capacity allow.

Argument

There have been many actions taken and decisions made by MCC that reflect an understanding of the college’s educational role. MCC serves the public good in many ways, including these examples (note that some of these were outlined in Core Component 1.A):

Through a TRiO grant, MCC’s Educational Opportunity Center works to expand access by providing assistance to the community and under-served populations in completing federal financial aid applications (EOC 2013-2014 APR, EOC Electronic Code Federal Guidelines, EOC Federal Guidelines, EOCFlyer2013).

As a public two year college, MCC does not have investors or a parent organization. It is responsible only to the community it serves and state interests. The college’s educational responsibilities are its primary focus.

MCC engages with numerous external constituencies, including maintaining strong relationships with the public school districts both in and outside of the district. MCC participated actively in the development of two innovation campuses that provide work experience and advanced standing credit to high school students.

The Missouri Innovation Campus is a partnership with the University of Central Missouri and the Lee’s Summit School District. Missouri Innovation CampusNational Model for Higher Ed, In Speech on Economy, Obama Vows to ‘Shake Up’ Higher Education, Innovation Campus Flyer, Obama Highlights Missouri College Program, MIC Bellwether Award. It allows prepared students to simultaneously graduate from high school and earn an associate degree from MCC.

Then, in 2013, Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) launched as a joint operation of the Smithville, Kearney, Liberty, North Kansas City, Park Hill and Platte County school districts. The program gives high school students in the northern part of Kansas City a professional, innovative, and entrepreneurial education through career-oriented experiences that are real time, hands-on, and real-world. The program was created in partnership with Cerner, Holland 1916, Ford Motor Co. and North Kansas City Hospital. MCC is the college credit partner. Northland CAPS general info, Northland CAPS eng-adv_man_2015-16, northland caps news release, Northland CAPS Innovation Campus, Northland CAPS parent_student_handbook_2014-15, northland caps overview, northland_caps_news_release.

MCC continues to expand its dual-credit offerings and early college programs. Through relationship building with multiple feeder high schools and school districts, MCC campuses continue to expand and refine those offerings (dual credit evidence). For example, MCC-Blue River’s Trailblazer Academy and MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs Academy offer both dual-credit and dual-enrollment course work. Prepare

MCC is in the process of pursuing National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) accreditation as the college continues to review and pursue improvement of the dual credit offerings.

Local charter and parochial high schools are supported by partnerships that include internships, early college opportunities, and summer school.  MCC faculty and staff collaborate to offer yearly activities for Boy Scouts interested in trades related to college programs. Faculty often serve as judges for First Robotics, College Bowl, Skills USA, and local science fairs. The college also has a long tradition of working with local nonprofit agencies and organizations including the Salvation Army, Goodwill, United Way, Catholic Charities, and Rotary. MCC has a close relationship with the Full Employment Council, which is the local workforce investment board. The college also partners with the Missouri College Advising Corps and hosts a location to reduce “summer melt” for first-year students. (MCAC Summer Melt Center).

Local businesses and social service organizations are served by MCC in a variety of ways. Each career program maintains an advisory board of industry partners to ensure currency and relevance. The annual meetings allow community stakeholders a detailed look at MCC’s curriculum so they can provide feedback. The faculty benefit from close relationships with local employers in their fields during these meetings and at other less formal interactions. Additionally, MCC cultivates strong ties with local chambers of commerce and economic development agencies.

1.S – Criterion 1 – Summary

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Summary

Metropolitan Community College’s mission, “Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities,” is clear and articulates the nature and essence of the institution’s work. Everything is centered on the college’s core values (students, community, and opportunities), which are espoused on the website, published in brochures and on business cards, invoked in speeches by the chancellor and campus presidents, and incorporated into the strategic planning process in a very direct manner.

MCC is proud of how the mission resonates with internal and external audiences. The college has made great strides to engage diverse constituents at the local, regional and state levels. As the Greater Kansas City region diversifies, MCC has continually improved the learning environment and evaluated its academic programs, student support services, and enrollment profile to meet the needs of an expanding student body.

There is overwhelming evidence that the college strives for excellence in addressing the needs of a diverse community. Therefore, MCC is uniquely positioned to once again strategically align its resources to meet the wider range of needs and opportunities that a diverse community requires. As a result, the college is moving forward with its next strategic plan to maximize district resources to best serve the changing community.

As MCC celebrates its centennial year, the college can take pride in having played a major role in serving the local, regional, and national community. The level of MCC’s civic engagement aligns with the institution’s mission to ultimately serve the public good.

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