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Mission & Values

Vision

We will offer the best opportunity for every enrolled student to attain academic and career goals in an ever-changing world.

Mission

To transform lives through excellence in service, education, and career training.

Values

Cultivating student growth through service, collaboration, innovation, and respect.

Heart of Riverland

We are dedicated to our employees, our students, and our region.

 

More about the Vision

We will offer the best opportunity for every enrolled student to attain academic and career goals in an ever-changing world.

This revised vision statement focuses more clearly on students than the previous vision statement did. It also emphasizes the need to acknowledge the needs of each student individually, meeting them where they are. This revised vision is well aligned with the TV State Equity 2030 goal of eliminating educational equity gaps. In the same way that Riverland’s approach to education focuses on meeting students where they are, and meeting the needs they have, an equity lens can be applied to all aspects of Riverland’s operations.

The revised vision statement also acknowledges the need to be flexible and responsive to change, at the individual student level, in response to changing economic drivers, and in a constantly shifting political and social environment. Nothing could be truer as we embrace a world more attuned than ever to how tenuous our grasp is on balance, order, and justice; and at the same time how interdependent our well-being is on each other’s.

More about the Mission

To transform lives through excellence in service, education, and career training.

While there was some discussion about the lack of a clear definition of the word “service” (by who, for whom?) there was also acknowledgment that students, faculty, and staff should strive to be in service to each other. Administration, faculty, and staff have a responsibility to serve students, and to imbue students with the awareness, skills, and passion to serve others in meaningful ways. “Trans­form lives” is well aligned with the phrasing of the TV State vision which includes “change lives.” It also gets to the heart of community college education, providing opportunities at the local level that are aligned with, and in service of, community businesses, an evolving economy, and opportunities that go beyond individual programs.

More about Our Values

Cultivating student growth through service, collaboration, innovation, and respect.

The revised values statement is identical to the previous statement, with the inclusion of “collaboration.” Service, innovation, and respect are maintained as values.

Collaboration gets to the heart of how Riverland does its work – in partnership with other individuals, organizations, and institutions.

VALUE TERMS DEFINED

Service: An internal and external focus on creating customer value, loyalty and trust by going beyond simply providing a product or service creating a positive and indelible imprint in the customer’s, or even in the prospect’s, mind.

Respect: A willingness to understand and find common ground in others’ abilities, cultures, qualities and traditions through thought and action.

Collaboration: A diverse team that has a common goal that gives them a meaningful reason to work together and make connections that benefit the college.

Innovation: Developing a new product, process or service with an aim of improving efficiencies, effectiveness or competitive advantage.

More about the Heart of Riverland Statement

We are dedicated to our employees, our students, and our region.

The heart statement is intended to provide the “why” for what we do. The heart is at the center of everything, and it recognizes the pivotal role of employees (people) in meeting the needs of stakeholders.

The revised heart statement begins with employees, which is intended to emphasize the importance of employees in being able to fulfill Riverland’s Vision and Mission. It acknowledges that Riverland as an entity has an obligation to adopt policies, supportprograms, and engage in partnerships that support all parts of the Riverland community, including employees.