The Cecil Story

Mission

Cecil College is a comprehensive, open-admission, learner-centered institution. The College provides career, transfer and continuing education coursework and programs that anticipate and meet the dynamic intellectual, cultural and economic development challenges of Cecil County and the surrounding region. Through support services and a technologically enriched learning environment, the College strives to empower each learner with skills, knowledge and values needed for college preparation, transfer to four-year institutions, workforce entry or advancement, and personal enrichment. Further, Cecil College promotes an appreciation of cultural diversity, social responsibility and academic excellence.

Vision

Cecil College will be the premier provider for learning throughout the region.

Core Values

Cecil College is an organization that values quality, learner-centeredness, diversity, inclusiveness, green initiatives, a family-friendly workplace, a global community, culture of evidence, and thrift.

Highlights of Cecil College’s four Strategic Initiatives

from the Cecil College 2010-2015 Strategic Plan

First, Cecil College will shift to an emphasis on student completion. This includes maintaining academic excellence while focusing on student completion and making pathways to degrees clearer for students. The College will also look for alternatives to identified barriers to degree completion that uphold academic excellence and provide the appropriate outcomes; continue to work with K-12 partners to improve college readiness; and support the grant writing and administration infrastructure to pursue funds and other support to advance the strategies around completion. In addition, the College will make certain there is effective personalization so that every student knows someone who cares about them and their academic progress; engage students in the college experience beginning in the orientation program by emphasizing academic expectations, preparedness and techniques for success; and increase diversity among full-time faculty as a mechanism to strengthen the engagement and completion rates of students of color.

Second, Cecil College will continue to champion bachelor’s and higher degree program availability in Cecil County. The College will maintain, enhance and aim to develop partnerships with four-year institutions, including Salisbury University, Wilmington University, Drexel University, University of Delaware, and the University of Maryland University College. The College will also work with other potential partners to deliver programs in Cecil County such as hospitality industry, information technology, healthcare, green or environmental education, international education, and civil engineering. In addition, the College will build stronger pipelines of students in majors that lead directly to degree programs hosted by four-year institutions in Cecil County.

Third, Cecil College will create workforce opportunities related to federal government expansion regionally and nationally, especially regarding Base Realignment and Closure. The College will fully implement the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math partnership with Cecil County Public Schools and design and build an engineering and math academic building on the North East campus. In addition, the College will make sure the administrative infrastructure is in place to take advantage of federal grant opportunities, as well as federal financial aid, and continue developing and modifying programming to support the workforce needs of Aberdeen Proving Ground and the contractor community. Cecil will also prepare for another round of BRAC in 2015 and strengthen the alignment between its Career and Job Placement Services, federal agencies and government subcontractors to create clear pathways to employment for students.

Fourth, Cecil College will become a regional leader in incorporating innovative technology for learning. The College will create 100 percent wireless campuses and facilities that support less formal distributed learning; make evidence of early adoption of technology part of the criteria in hiring, especially for faculty and academic administration; and review resource allocations for virtual computer labs to allow access on and off campus with consideration for the learning opportunities they represent. The College will also continue learning management systems, online course offerings and hybrid course delivery; secure financial resources to support innovative technology for learning; develop an overall plan for the addition of courses and programs in distance learning with attention to student support and adequate full-time faculty involvement; and broaden the use of innovative technology to increase the feasibility of hosting more baccalaureate programs in Cecil County.

Overview of College History