Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose

DACC Catalog 2013-2014


Catalog - Statement of Inclusion/Statement of Purpose


Statement of Inclusion

Danville Area Community College provides access to a broad spectrum of quality educational opportunities and life experiences. DACC values diversity as an enhancement of those experiences, in its classrooms, administrative offices, and board room. The College is committed to policies that promote fairness and inclusion for all in the life of the College. As a reflection of the College's commitment, the DACC Board of Trustees strives to promote fairness and inclusion in all policies and practices of the College.

The College should be free to pursue standards and policies that allow it to fulfill its diversity vision. The students who are educated will help provide tomorrow's leaders, and their College experience must demonstrate the richness and substance of our diverse, multi-cultural and global environment. The College environment should promote understanding and appreciation of others, while encouraging students to grow as individuals.

In accord with this philosophy, the DACC Board expects the Community College to continually evaluate its hiring, admissions, and financial aid policies to ensure diversity and equal access within the institution. The College should ensure that the results of these evaluations conform to the concept of open access -- the cornerstone of the community college mission.

A community college is, in effect, a microcosm of our greater society. As
such, it should encourage and enhance the fullest understanding of human
rights and responsibilities and should teach the skills that allow
students to effectively participate in a democratic society. The College
is responsible for creating opportunities for all within the College
community to interact with understanding, tolerance, and respect for
others. In this way, diversity in education not only serves as a model for
the world at large, but it also helps perpetuate social harmony for the
future.

Statement of Purpose

The functions of Danville Area Community College are conceived in the light
of its mission:

  1. Provision for General Education. General Education courses are selected and
    required of all degree-seeking students, preparing them to function effectively in
    interpersonal and interdependent relations.
  2. Provision for Baccalaureate-Oriented Programs. The College offers academic
    courses which meet college and university requirements for freshmen and sophomores in most
    major fields.
  3. Provision for Career-Oriented Programs. Courses in career education provide job
    training, retraining, and upgrading to meet local, state, and national work force needs.
  4. Provision for Adult Education. Students are provided opportunities to improve
    basic education, secondary education, and life skills.
  5. Provision for Developmental Courses. Developmental Courses are offered to assist
    students in reading, English, mathematics and science in preparation for college credit
    courses.
  6. Provision for Continuing and Community Education. A variety of non-degree and
    non-credit courses, workshops and seminars is offered to meet the educational and
    recreational needs of the community.
  7. Provision for Student Personnel Services. Guidance, counseling, career
    information, testing services, and college orientation are available to all students.
    Provisions are also made for students with special needs.
  8. Provision for Student Activities. As part of the educational experience at
    Danville Area Community College, all students are encouraged to participate in student
    government, organizations, publications, athletics, social activities, and cultural affairs.
  9. Provision for Community Services. Through its faculty, staff, student services,
    and facilities, Danville Area Community College endeavors to make its resources available to
    the public.
  10. Provision for Business and Economic Development. Training programs and other
    business assistance initiatives are offered for the area work force and community employers
    to meet their needs.

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