The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide all students with opportunities for success.

Vision Statement

Where dreams come to life, and lives come to change.

Core Values



Priorities & Goals


A. Student Access and Success

  1. Create, market and implement educational programs to meet the needs of our district.
  2. Create opportunities for students to have access to higher education.
  3. Prepare students for their educational goals (i.e. adult and developmental education, financial aid, counseling, employability skills).
  4. Provide student support services to ensure student success.
  5. Create opportunities for lifelong learning.


B. Teaching and Learning

  1. Ensure student learning and outcomes are achieved at all program levels (i.e. class, course, and program levels including general education outcomes).
  2. Ensure and increase student retention and success.
  3. Re-affirm a commitment which recognizes the need for diversity.
  4. Create opportunities for all within the College community to interact with understanding, appreciation and respect for others.
  5. Ensure quality of educational programs, learning environments and support services through continuous improvement.


C. Community Alliances

  1. Expand partnerships with four-year colleges and universities.
  2. Work collaboratively with K-12 school districts.
  3. Develop programs in cooperation with neighboring institutions.
  4. Work with local industry and workforce partners to build relationships to strengthen the workforce.


D. Operational Sustainability and Excellence

  1. Embed the use of data into the culture for decision-making.
  2. Develop and utilize an enrollment management plan to stabilize and guide the institution's enrollment.
  3. Establish and maintain effective technology in academic programs and support functions.
  4. Ensure professional development opportunities are available to all employees.
  5. Ensure the financial stability of the College.
  6. Maintain a competitive compensation program to enable the College to attract and retain a quality workforce.
  7. Commit to diversity in hiring.
  8. Maintain and refresh all College facilities.
  9. Commit to all feasible sustainability efforts.
  10. Insure compliance with accrediting bodies and governmental agencies.