State Technical College of Missouri is a certificate and associate degree granting institution with open/selective enrollment and a mission focusing on programmatic access to highly specialized technical education in both emerging and traditional technologies. State Technical College of Missouri prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning. The mission is accomplished within the charges of the legislative mission.
The legislative mission is:
"1. State Technical College of Missouri shall be a special purpose institution that shall make available to students from all areas of the state exceptional educational opportunities through highly specialized and advanced technical education and training at the certificate and associate degree level in both emerging and traditional technologies with particular emphasis on technical and vocational programs not commonly offered by community colleges or area vocational technical schools. Primary consideration shall be placed on the industrial and technological manpower needs of the state. In addition, State Technical College of Missouri is authorized to assist the state in economic development initiatives and to facilitate the transfer of technology to Missouri business and industry directly through the graduation of technicians in advanced and emerging disciplines and through technical assistance provided to business and industry. State Technical College of Missouri is authorized to provide technical assistance to area vocational technical schools and community colleges through supplemental on-site instruction and distance learning as such area vocational technical schools and community colleges deem appropriate.
2. Consistent with the mission statement provided in subsection 1 of this section, State Technical College of Missouri shall offer vocational and technical programs leading to the granting of certificates, diplomas, and applied science associate degrees, or a combination thereof, but not including associate of arts or baccalaureate or higher degrees. State Technical College of Missouri shall also continue its role as a recognized area vocational technical school as provided by policies and procedures of the state board of education."
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 178.636
Approved January 21, 2011
Sate Technical College of Missouri, as the premier public institution of technical education supporting economic development in the state of Missouri, is dedicated to serving the state’s diverse population. As a student-centered education community, the institution maximizes students’ learning potential by providing them with specialized knowledge in traditional and emerging technical areas as well as general knowledge that fosters a life of learning.
Linn Technical College, supported by a grant to the Osage County R-II School District from the National Defense Education Act of 1958, offered its first program in electronics in the fall of 1961. By 1965 the College was awarded the status of an Area Vocational Technical School by the Missouri State Board of Education through the federal Vocational Education Act of 1963. In 1991, statutory authority was established for the granting of certificates and associate degrees. In 1995, statutory re-definition, created “State Technical College of Missouri.” The College continued to be governed by the Osage County R-II School Board until July 1, 1996 when the Board of Regents accepted full responsibility for the institution as State Technical College of Missouri. It became Missouri's first and only public institution devoted solely to technical education at the Associate of Applied Science level.
To fulfill our mission and to achieve our vision, State Technical College of Missouri values the following:
- A common foundation of knowledge and understanding by supporting a strong general education core.
- Development and support of the professional, educational and personal needs, interests, and capabilities of each student.
- Small class size to facilitate individual attention.
- Responsibility and leadership in service for the common good of the state.
- Open communication and teamwork among students, faculty and staff.
- Ethical and professional behavior.
- An academic environment fostering continued growth, academic freedom and professional development of faculty and staff through a life of learning.
- Development of critical thinking and problem solving skills through an appropriate mix of theory and application.
- Continued improvement of student learning through assessment.
- Appreciation and encouragement of diverse student, faculty and staff populations.
- Responsiveness to the economic development needs of the state of Missouri.
- Collaboration with business, industry and other educational institutions to strengthen partnerships and ensure a learning environment that adjusts to global changes.
- State of the art laboratories that demonstrate work environments.
Institutional Goal Statements
In pursuit of its mission the College sets forth the following institutional goal statements:
1. Mission Review and Implementation
- Systematically evaluate the extent to which the institution is meeting its higher education mission.
- Assure achievement of stated objectives.
- Periodically review, and if needed, revise the college mission documents.
- Continuously undertake improvement initiatives with measurable goals and outcomes.
2. Organization and Governance
- Maintain an institutional environment with faculty and staff participation in the decision-making process.
3. Policies and Procedures
- Develop, implement, and systematically evaluate policies and procedures that clearly define relationships involving students, faculty, staff, Board of Regents and other external stakeholders.
- Provide academic opportunities that are relevant to the changing needs of industry.
- Maintain and assess academic programs to ensure excellence.
- Integrate general education into the technical education curriculum.
- Provide instruction that is responsive to the needs of the changing population of students and their learning needs.
- Provide instruction that acquaints students with a variety of cultures.
- Utilize the most appropriate teaching techniques and current technology.
- Maintain a low student to faculty ratio.
- Systematically assess instruction, equipment and facilities to achieve improvements in learning.
- Provide academic support through the Library and Academic Resource Center.
6. Student Services and Activities
- Support services and activities that enhance the cultural development and citizenship of students.
- Support a comprehensive course placement and counseling program to assist students in making career decisions.
- Support experiences that foster leadership and community participation among students.
- Support appropriate diversity goals which are protective of the dignity of individuals.
- Recruit, retain and develop students with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
7. Human Resources
- Recruit, retain, and develop exceptional faculty, and staff with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Cultivate a faculty whose qualifications include current technical expertise balanced with appropriate formal education.
8. Campus and Facilities
- Build and maintain physical facilities designed to support educational programs and instructional technology of the highest quality.
- Design and maintain safe and effective laboratories, work stations, and equipment.
- Develop and maintain an effective technology infrastructure to support both education and administration functions.
- Obtain, from both public and private sources, adequate financial support to accomplish its mission.
- Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of fund management.
10. Assessment of Student Learning
- Evaluate employer and alumni satisfaction.
- Collect dependable data, which will give sufficient evidence to support continuous improvement of student learning.
- Evaluate student learning in the technical areas.
- Evaluate student learning in the general education areas.
11. Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate proficiency in using effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate proficiency in using a higher level of critical thinking and problem solving processes.
- Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing the technology relevant to the learner’s discipline.
- Demonstrate an awareness of appropriate interaction in a diverse place of work.
- Provide general and technical education that is transferable first to the workplace then to baccalaureate programs.
- Develop and/or maintain partnerships, with business and industry, the surrounding community, and other educational institutions that enhance the transfer of appropriate information and technology throughout the state.
13. Positioning for the Future
- Engage in both operational and strategic planning to continually improve the institution as it strives to address its mission.
- Provide a learning environment that adjusts to global changes.
- Maintain effective connections with business, industry, higher education, and other stakeholders, to keep pace with advances in technology, the economy, and the society as a whole, in order that the college will plan for and adapt to changes that will keep the college responsive and viable.