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What have you done today to help a student return tomorrow? Staff member: Over the past several days I have provided orientation to numerous new students in the library, bookstore, Academic Success Center, and not only do I try put a friendly, accessible face to their time here, I also make a point to inquire about each student’s program of study and offer encouragement and understanding towards the stress they often feel at the start of a semester. Standard 1.A: Mission 1.A.1 The institution has a widely published mission statement ‒ approved by its governing board ‒ that articulates a purpose appropriate for an institution of higher learning, gives direction for its efforts and derives from, and is generally understood by, its community. The mission of Great Falls College MSU, approved by the Montana Board of Regents at its September 2015 meeting is: To educate and inspire you. The college communicates its mission through the tagline, Where it all begins! Aligning with the Montana University System Strategic Plan and the Comprehensive Two-Year Education Mission and Vision, Great Falls College MSU fulfills its mission by: • • • • Providing health sciences, trades, business and computer degrees and certificates that lead to meaningful employment; and providing customized and post-employment training for regional employers; Providing the Montana University System core and transfer degrees that allow for seamless transfer into educational programs at other institutions. Providing developmental education and cooperating with Adult Education to prepare students for college-level studies; Providing community enrichment courses to individuals seeking to improve their skills and knowledge and to enrich their lives; providing a vibrant community gathering space for cultural events, celebrations, meetings, debates and presentations. Vision The vision of GFC MSU is to strengthen communities through excellence, innovation, and collaboration. Values The campus community identified a set of values that describe and define the qualities the college deems essential and create a sense of distinctiveness. • • • • • GFC MSU values Accountability – The college ensures decisions are data-informed and grounded in the best interest of students and their communities. GFC MSU values Integrity – The college values civic responsibility, high academic standards, ethical practices, trust and the courage to act. GFC MSU values Positivity – The college teaches and leads from a lens of potential, collaboration and results. GFC MSU values Respect – The college values differences and treats others with civility, encouraging open and honest communication. GFC MSU values Responsiveness – The college recognizes and acts upon opportunities to be innovative, flexible, and adaptable to student and community needs. Great Falls College Montana State University 24