College Vision, Mission, Stategic Goals, Learning College and Core Competencies

Updated 2011


Central Piedmont Community College intends to become the national leader in workforce development.


Central Piedmont Community College is an innovative and comprehensive college that advances the life-long educational development of students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community.

The College accomplishes this purpose by providing high-quality, flexible pre-baccalaureate and career-focused educational programs and services which are academically, geographically, and financially accessible.  This purpose requires a fundamental commitment to student success through teaching and learning excellence within a supportive environment.

Approved by Board of Trustees 10-15-2010

Strategic Goals for 2009-2014


Goal 1 Student Learning and Success

Ensure student learning and success by promoting an innovative and supportive learning environment.

1.1   Offer and promote a variety of programs and services that address diverse cultures and prepare students for success in a global society.

1.2   Enhance teaching and learning experiences by increasing innovative techniques and interactive technologies.

1.3   Support successful student transitions to CPCC and then on to universities, the workforce, and the community.

1.4   Engage students as responsible partners in the learning process.

1.5   Enhance communication and collaboration to support student learning and success.

Goal 2 Organizational Learning and Development

Foster an organizational culture that maximizes individual growth through expanded learning opportunities.

2.1 Recruit, retain, develop, reward, and empower employees who share responsibility for student learning and success.

2.2 Ensure that part-time employees are engaged and supported in the learning environment at the College.

2.3 Facilitate a more collaborative and cohesive learning environment in line with the College’s vision, mission, and values.

2.4 Prepare employees to anticipate and respond appropriately to regional issues within a global framework.

2.5 Encourage the analysis and interpretation of data to inform decision making.

Goal 3 Community Catalyst

Be a catalyst for the educational and socio-economic development of the community through partnerships, coalitions, life-long learning, and civic engagement.

3.1 Expand partnerships with business and industry to determine the future high-demand job growth areas and the skills needed for those jobs.

3.2 Develop bridges with business, industry, and educational partners to benefit existing and emerging workers.

3.3 Increase public knowledge of the educational opportunities and services at CPCC.

3.4 Respond to the vocational and intellectual learning needs of an increasingly diverse community.

Goal 4 Organizational Capacity to Serve

Plan and manage human, physical, financial, and technological resources so that College programs, services, and infrastructure meet student and community needs.

4.1 Explore and implement ways to increase funding for educational opportunities for students and to establish and sustain programs.

4.2 Plan and manage growth to optimize organizational effectiveness.

4.3 Collaborate with business, education, and other organizations to secure needed levels of public and private support.

4.4 Promote the effective and efficient utilization of human, physical, fiscal, and technological resources to reinforce public trust.

4.5 Communicate the value and benefits of the College to increase community involvement and support.

4.6 Expand and manage facilities and operations in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

Goal 5 Organizational Excellence and Innovation

Promote and sustain innovation, entrepreneurship, and excellence throughout the organization.

5.1 Expand the use of collaborative teams to innovatively respond to emerging needs.

5.2 Institute strategies that measure outcomes and analyze results to improve organizational effectiveness and excellence.

5.3 Engage in continuous improvement and move toward a culture of evidence to effectively measure efforts and increase positive outcomes.

Learning College

In 2003, Central Piedmont Community College launched an institutional initiative to transform the College into a more learning-centered organization. A learning college places learning first in all decisions and focuses on documenting learning outcomes. CPCC encourages students to think for themselves and employees to grow professionally. We consider the entire College a community in learning and work collaboratively to create substantive change in our learners, our employees and the organization as a whole. We consider ourselves successful only when improved learning can be documented.

Core Competencies

In support of the Learning College initiative, four core competencies have been identified as critical to the success of CPCC graduates. All graduates are expected to demonstrate achievement in each of the following competencies:

• Communication: the ability to read, write, speak, listen and use nonverbal skills effectively with different audiences

• Critical Thinking: the ability to think using analysis, synthesis, evaluation, problem solving, judgment and the creative process

• Personal Growth and Responsibility: the ability to understand and manage self, to function effectively in social and professional environments and to make reasoned judgments based on an understanding of the diversity of the world community

• Information Technology and Quantitative Literacy: the ability to locate, understand, evaluate and synthesize information and data in a technological and data driven society.