Mission & Core Values

To ensure success statewide, the mission, vision, and core values set by Bristol Community College follow the lead of the Public Higher Education system in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the overall mission established for all Community Colleges in the state. The statewide missions are reflected locally at Bristol, and in everything the College stands for. 

Bristol Community College

Integral to the implementation of the planning process was the opportunity to revisit and refine the College vision, mission, and core values. Working through an active sub-committee of the Strategic Planning Committee, the faculty and staff intensified the focus of the mission and core values statements for the review and approval of the Board of Trustees as follows:


Bristol Community College changes the world by changing lives, learner by learner.

Mission Statement 

As the leading resource for education and workforce development in southeastern Massachusetts, Bristol Community College promotes individual opportunity, sustainability of resources, and the region's economic growth. The College offers a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences leading to transfer and careers, as well as comprehensive developmental education and adult literacy services, delivered in a learning-centered and supportive community. The College collaborates with business, industry, education, and social service entities to maintain the relevance and the effectiveness of all programming, to support partners with workforce training, and to find strength in its connectedness to community. The Bristol community values and respects diversity and strives to prepare well-rounded learners of all ages who are equipped to succeed and lead in our ever-changing world.

Statement of Core Values 

This Statement of Core Values outlines how Bristol Community College takes leadership through these shared beliefs that are the foundation for student success and the practice of lifelong learning.


  • Prioritize and promote a learner-centered educational environment where all learners matter
  • Reduce barriers to educational access to facilitate student success
  • Provide support services and an accessible environment that foster student success
    • Nurture commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth through general and career-specific education


  • Practice the highest standards of teaching and learning
  • Advocate and model teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and professionalism
  • Improve institutional effectiveness through continuous assessment
  • Encourage and promote initiative, creativity, innovation, leadership, and outstanding performance


  • Provide an accessible environment that fosters respect, fairness, responsibility, trust and honesty within the college and with the community
  • Uphold a governance structure that encourages shared decision making, responsibility, transparency, and collegiality
  • Provide stewardship and accountability to all constituents


  • Embrace and address the evolving educational needs of the diverse communities we serve
  • Create opportunities to educate ourselves to better understand diversity
  • Cherish and celebrate the diverse life experiences, achievements, and contributions of all members of our community in college culture


  • Embrace and foster Shared Governance-Shared Responsibility
  • Provide access to cultural challenge and enrichment opportunities
  • Advance economic partnerships, workforce initiatives and emerging industries in our community
  • Strengthen our community by collaborating with educational, health, social service, and business organizations
  • Model sustainability in programming and facilities construction

The Educated Person 

The educated person is aware of the important concepts in the arts and humanities, the natural and social sciences, and has knowledge of practical and technical skills. He or she never stops learning. The educated person has the ability not only to seek out information, but also to apply concepts to both eternal problems and to everyday life. He or she seeks out knowledge and uses it to improve his or her life as well as the lives of others.

The educated person has the necessary communication, computation, and technical skills to exchange ideas, to analyze concepts, and to solve problems. He or she can creatively explore the academic and the natural world with the self-confidence to question and to lead – while maintaining the self-discipline and responsibility required to serve and to share.

The educated person has achieved a sense of balance and strives to sustain body, mind, and spirit. He or she has an appreciation for the world around him or her and the skills to make a positive contribution to it. He or she can evaluate his or her own thinking and change it, is open to diversity and embraces it, and can manage or cope with change and conflict. The educated person creates a life that is not only personally and professionally rewarding, but also enriches and enhances his or her community.

Public Higher Education


The public college and university System in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts comprises fifteen community colleges, nine state colleges and the five campuses of the University of Massachusetts. The System exists to provide accessible, affordable, relevant and rigorous academic programs that adapt to meet changing the individual societal needs for education and employment.

All campuses are committed to operating effectively and efficiently in order to maintain tuition and fees at a level as low as possible, while providing a high-quality education to every student who qualifies for admission. The public System is committed to continuous improvement and accountability in all aspects of teaching and learning.

The Department of Higher Education and institutional Boards of Trustees recognize their responsibilities to the taxpayers and residents of Massachusetts in the performance of their roles and responsibilities. Massachusetts public higher education is a System with a distinguished past, increasing pride and unlimited potential.

Community College Mission

The fifteen Massachusetts community colleges offer open access to high quality, affordable academic programs, including associate degree and certificate programs. They are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, and provide academic preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, career preparation for entry into high demand occupational fields, developmental coursework and lifelong learning opportunities.

Community colleges have a special responsibility for workforce development and through partnerships with business and industry, provide job training, retraining, certification, and skills improvement. In addition, they assume primary responsibility, in the public system, for offering developmental courses, programs and other education services for individuals who seek to develop the skills needed to pursue college-level study or enter the workforce.

Rooted in their communities, the colleges serve as community leaders, identifying opportunities and solutions to community problems and contributing to the region's intellectual, cultural and economic development. They collaborate with elementary and secondary education and work to ensure a smooth transition from secondary to post-secondary education. Through partnerships with baccalaureate institutions, they help to promote an efficient system of public higher education.

The community colleges offer an environment where the ideas and contributions of all students are respected. Academic and personal support services are provided to ensure that all students have an opportunity to achieve academic and career success. No eligible student shall be deprived of the opportunity for a community college education in Massachusetts because of an inability to pay tuition and fees.