Mission Values and Diversity Statement


At Northampton Community College, students are the reason we exist and their success is the focus of all we do. We seek to provide students with excellent, accessible and comprehensive learning experiences in partnership with the dynamic, diverse communities we serve. The college’s six strategic focus areas include:

  • Enhancing Student Access
  • Inspiring Academic Excellence
  • Fostering Diversity and Global Engagement
  • Engaging with Our Communities
  • Advancing Excellence in Technology
  • Increasing Student Retention, Completion and Transfer


As one of the leading community colleges in the nation, we will:

Promote the highest level of student success in achieving academic, personal and professional goals

Provide state-of-the-art education and training in every community we serve 

Be the college of choice for innovative programming

Encourage every member of our community to have a lifelong connection to the college

Statement of Values

We believe that learning thrives when there is a sense of curiosity and excitement about the world in which we live. As such, we value:

Quality in the educational and training experiences that we provide, which is based on our dedication to teaching and learning

Creative problem solving, responsiveness, entrepreneurship and our ability to adapt quickly to a changing world

Commitment to the long term health of the institution, the community, the economy and the environment

Institutional and individual responsibility for our actions, growth and development

Academic and personal honesty, fairness, ethical conduct and respect for others in our learning and working environment.

Involvement in and collaboration with the college, local and global communities



At NCC, we expect, and support, equity and inclusion in our educational programs, policies, campus life, employment, extracurricular activities and community involvement. We define diversity as all the ways in which we differ from one another, and we see each individual as unique and valuable. Inclusion means that we value these differences as strengths that contribute to a rich college environment. The college community is united in the condemnation of acts of hatred and intolerance.

In our efforts to value diverse voices and perspectives, we strive to:

  • Provide equitable opportunity and access to education.
  • Recruit and retain a diverse student body, faculty and staff.
  • Promote a campus climate where respect for and appreciation of differences are priorities, and where individuals thrive without prejudice or bigotry.
  • Integrate multicultural perspectives throughout the curricula.
  • Analyze the diverse needs of our constituents and ensure that our services, organizational structures and institutional priorities address them.

The college community believes that everyone is responsible for fostering an environment of inclusion and respect that contributes to academic excellence.