YCCD Mission Statement

Ƶ College District (YCCD) provides all individuals in our diverse communities access to high-quality, affordable higher education that is responsive to student needs. Our mission is to inspire and advocate for student success through our passion and commitment to teaching, learning, and social justice.


Our vision is to empower our students and strengthen our communities by providing equitable, student-centered learning opportunities.


  • Equity-Minded: Ƶ College District champions diversity, equity, and inclusion through purposeful acts to ensure all students achieve equitable outcomes. We are committed to cultivating a safe environment that treats all people with dignity and respect.
  • Holistic Support: Ƶ College District is committed to providing support that addresses all the needs of students beyond academic support to include personal and basic needs.
  • Data-Informed Decision Making: Ƶ College District is committed to developing a data-informed decision-making culture within our district and establishing institutional procedures of accountability that are guided by data and research.
  • Workforce and Economic Development: Ƶ College District strives to improve the quality of life of students, communities, and local businesses by providing clear pathways and opportunities for staff, faculty, and students to grow their skills and develop the tools they need for success in the workplace and in life.
  • Accountability: Ƶ College District is accountable for stewarding resources effectively to meet the diverse needs of our communities and region.
  • Community Oriented: Ƶ College District values community engagement and collaborates with local community leaders, local businesses, and high schools.
  • Communication: Ƶ College District embraces transparency and clear, honest communication. We welcome feedback and ideas from all members of the district, colleges, and the members of the communities we serve.
  • Social Justice: Based on the acknowledgment that underrepresented groups have been historically marginalized, Ƶ College District is committed to working together to promote equality, equity, respect, and the assurance of rights within and between communities and social groups.
  • Intellectual Diversity: In order to achieve meaningful inquiry and intellectual debate, Ƶ College District is committed to critical thinking, encouraging new ideas, and sharing a variety of perspectives.


1. Increase student success and maximize the student experience through andragogy, curriculum, and well-aligned student services programs designed to enhance student learning and completion by 2023.

  • Increase by at least 20 percent the number of students annually who acquire associate’s degrees, credentials, certificates, or specific skill sets that prepare them for an in-demand job;
  • Increase by 35 percent the number of students transferring annually to a UC or CSU;
  • Decrease the average number of units accumulated by students earning associate’s degrees to 79 units;
  • Increase to 76 percent the percentage of CTE students who report being employed in their field of study;
  • Reduce by 40 percent the equity gaps across all the above measures through faster improvements among traditionally underrepresented student groups; fully closing those achievement gaps within 10 years;
  • Over five years, reduce achievement gaps across all of the above measures through faster improvements in our service area, focused on campuses with the lowest educational attainment for adult learners.

2. We will foster diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing support structures, and access, as well as reviewing our current processes to ensure equitable outcomes.

  • Ensuring all students have access to technology to be successful in their studies.
    • Including being competitive in an online environment.
    • Providing equitable access for students in all circumstances.
  • Create opportunities for professional development that promotes anti-racism, equity, and the elimination of bias.*
  • Adopt practices that focus on improving the diversity of faculty and staff to better reflect the students and communities we serve.

3. Continuously improve integrated planning and institutional effectiveness processes within a collaborative culture of evidence.

  • Analyze internal and external data to inform decision-making.
  • Enhance collaborative planning and programming between the colleges to improve outcomes for students and our communities.
  • Increase professional development opportunities to better utilize available data tools.
  • Improve enrollment management through accountability and use of resources, available tools and strategic foresight.
  • Ensure that the colleges meet or exceed all accreditation standards.

4. Refine standards, processes, roles and responsibilities to be a more collaborative and efficient multi-college district while allowing individual colleges to embrace their unique places in our diverse communities.

  • Develop a resource allocation model that is equitable and reflects the needs of a multi-college district.
  • Create and/or refine service level agreements to better define the relationships between Colleges and all district service’s departments.
  • Become an employer of choice in our region by developing practices to recruit and retain employees by offering professional development, fostering employee innovation, and competitive compensation.

5. Integrate strategic foresight into our planning to better anticipate the future needs of our students and communities through innovation and technology.

  • Embrace innovation and provide the latest technology that increases student learning, enrollment, retention, persistence, graduation and transfer rates.
  • Provide facility spaces that are adaptable to the changing needs of instruction and student services.
  • Provide technology solutions to ensure accessibility and equity for everyone.

6. Offer safe, reliable, and welcoming environments and provide services that contribute to a safety net for students and the college communities.

  • Address the basic needs of students through partnerships and advocacy in regard to health services and food and housing insecurities.
  • Provide modern and safe facilities that are conducive to learning and working.
  • Update and maintain on-campus emergency action plans that include inter-jurisdictional agency collaboration and are inclusive of natural disasters.
  • Provide regular training and drills on emergency action plans for employees at all district locations.

7. Commit to community partnerships and relationships and being actively involved in the local communities we serve.

  • Build partnerships with local businesses and focus programs and services on advancing the well-being of our communities.
  • Support essential collaboration across education systems between the K–12 sector and community colleges, or intersegmental partnerships, with involvement from industry businesses and organizations in strengthening CTE programs and pathways aligned with regional workforce needs.

* See Board Policy 1300: Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion