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Mission Statement:

With a focus on student success, Lawson State Community College provides affordable and accessible quality educational opportunities, promotes economic growthand enhances the quality of life for the diverse communities it serves. Through innovative  instruction and lifelong learning opportunities, the College prepares students for college transfer, gainful employment, and career advancement. 

Approved on April 19, 2023 by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees


Cultivating success through excellence and innovation.
Approved by the Expanded Cabinet, Faculty and Staff--- 2022.

CV#1: Student Success:

Recruitment, Persistence, Graduation,  Career Development

CV#2: Excellence: 

Leadership, Instruction, Processes,  Customer Service

CV#3: Innovation: 

Technologies, Creativity, Curriculum, Community Development, Partnerships

CV#4: Integrity:

Stewardship, Accountability, Ethical Practices

CV#5:  Engagement:

Caring Campus, Student Support, Student Focused
Approved by the Expanded Cabinet, Faculty and Staff--- 2022.


Goal 1.0: Develop a student-centered instructional program that is focused on heightened engagement and innovative technologies, using varied modes of delivery.


1. Student-centered teaching and learning environment.

2. Robust and engaging academic support services.

3. Relevant and meaningful faculty development resources and professional development access.

4. Focused and intentional student engagement activities within online, hybrid, virtual and ground       classrooms.

5. Use of innovative technologies within all modes of course delivery structures.

6. Offering of varied modes of course delivery.

Goal 2.0: Develop and implement a student-centered comprehensive and strategic approach to student success, enrollment, engagement, persistence, and completion.


1. Recruitment/Enrollment: Implementation of a strategic recruitment and admissions process.

2. Retention: Institutional rates, as measured by IPEDS, comparable to or above other system colleges; first to second-semester retention rates; and implementation of a strategic retention and persistence plan.

3. Student Satisfaction: Student Support Services, SPACE Center, Freshman Academy, and Advising.

4. Course Preparation: Success in Developmental Courses; Pass Rates.

5. Student Success Outcomes: Transfer, Graduation, Job Placement Rates and Credential Achievement.

6. Student Engagement: Quality Student Activities, Online Support.

7. Student Perception: College Environment.

8. World-Class Customer Service: college-wide training of faculty and Staff

Goal 3.0: Optimize the use of innovative technologies to enhance processes, implement training, and refine services collegewide.


1. Comprehensive academic and administrative computing services.

2. Procurement and utilization of state-of-the-art technologies.

3. Professional development and technical support.

4. Faculty and staff resources reflective of current and emerging trends.

Goal 4.0: Ensure that the institution has a sound financial base and demonstrates financial stability.

1. Positive fund balance.

2. External reviews by accrediting bodies.

3. Resource allocations for planned growth and change.

4. Compliance reviews and ethics training.

Goal 5.0: Provide optimal facilities that are safe and support educational programs and administrative services.


1. Student and personnel satisfaction with college facility.

2. Clean, safe, secure and accessible teaching, learning and living environments.

3. Current facility master plan kept up-to-date.

4. Up-to-date emergency operational plans and procedures.

5. Communicate and execute safety operational plans and procedures.

Goal 6.0: Align, create and provide economic and workforce development opportunities based on business and industry needs and emerging trends.


1. Alternative funding resources.

2. Customer satisfaction survey.

3. Provide innovative and relevant training opportunities.

4. Partnership development and engagement.

Goal 7.0: Engage and build community partnerships while promoting college initiatives, programs and services.


1. Community events that reflect various cultures.

2. One Stop Community Center.

3. Community partnerships.

4. Community service activities.

5. Advisory Boards.

6. Alumni outreach.

7. Access to campus facilities.

Approved by the administrative cabinet of Lawson State Community College:  
July, 2022

College-wide Student Learning Outcomes

When students graduate from Lawson State Community College with an AA, AS, AAS, AOT or CER (long or short), they will be able to:

SLO #1: Communicate Effectively 

(express ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English).      

SLO #2: 
Reason Quantitatively

(apply mathematical principles to address and solve problems)      

SLO#3: Think Critically

(Gather and interpret data using a variety of methods to address and solve both practical and theoretical problems).

SLO#4: Develop Information and Visual Literacy 

(assess information requirements of complex projects, identify potential textual, visual and electronic resources, and obtain the needed information to interpret, evaluate, synthesize, organize and use that information, regardless of format, while adhering strictly to the legal and ethical guidelines governing information access in today’s society).