Mission, Values & Strategic Vision. MCC has a 90-year history of commitment to providing quality, accessible and affordable higher education in Genesee County, Michigan. The college recently refreshed its mission statement as part of a 2013-2018 strategic planning process that is described in detail in section 8P1. The newly-revised mission statement reflects MCC's student success agenda:
The mission of Mott Community College is to provide high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services that cultivate student success, individual development, and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community.
MCC plays a stabilizing role in the economically distressed community of Flint, Michigan and surrounding Genesee County. Viewed as a leader in regional economic development, MCC, its programs and employees play a vital role in cultural and civic life. President and CEO M. Richard Shaink has provided the college with stable leadership for over thirteen years and has cultivated a culture of openness and continuous improvement through regular employee and student open forums with the President and Executive Cabinet.
Level and Scope of Academic Offerings. As a comprehensive community college, MCC offers occupational associate degrees,
transferable associate degrees, certificate programs and alternate training preparation.
Over 100 programs and hundreds of specific courses are detailed in the 2011-2013 College
Students, Faculty and Staff. MCC serves both occupational and transfer students, as well as participants in workforce development and corporate services programs. The average age of MCC students is 29; 13% are under 20; 53% are between the ages of 20 – 29, and 34% are 30 or older. 59% are female; 41% are male. In terms of race/ethnicity, 20% of students are African American; 60% are White; 4% are Hispanic; 1% are Native American; 2% identify as Biracial. MCC's student complete demographics appear in Figure 3-1 below. MCC has 892 employees, 488 of whom are faculty members (139 full-time faculty and 349 part-time/adjunct faculty). Employees are represented by six labor organizations. Both full and part-time faculty are represented by the MEA/NEA; supervisors and managers are represented by the UAW. A complete list of employees by bargaining unit appears in Figure 4-1 below.
Campuses and Instructional Locations. MCC's main campus is located in Flint, Michigan on land that was donated by Charles Stewart Mott in 1955. The HLC-approved additional locations are the Northern Tier Center in Clio; the Southern Lakes Branch Center in Fenton; and the Lapeer Extension Center in Lapeer. MCC recently filed a request that the Livingston Regional Center in Howell, MI be listed as an additional location with HLC, as credit courses may be offered there in the future. This request is currently under review. MCC also operates a Workforce Education Center in Flint that is considered part of the Main Campus. A complete list of additional locations appears in Figure 2-2 below.
Distance Delivery Programs. Through the Office of e-Learning, MCC has a long history of providing distance education. While no degrees or programs are offered completely via distance education, a wide variety of college courses are available in three modes of delivery: online instruction (WWW); mostly-online with some campus attendance (WCA); and hybrid face-to-face/online (HYB). MCC's distance education activities were recently approved by the HLC's Institutional Action Council (IAC) as "limited to courses." Students on academic probation are not eligible to enroll in e-Learning courses, and all students must complete a preparatory DLES Session before taking WWW, WCA, or HYB courses.
Other Key Campus Programs and Resources. In addition to credit and non-credit educational offerings, MCC plays a number of vital roles in the community. A national leader in Workforce Development, MCC participates in a number of local and regional economic development activities and partnerships (9P2). The Flint campus is also home to Mott Early/Middle College High School, an alternative high school that draws students from all areas of the service district (9P1). The high school is a long-standing partnership between the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) and MCC and is described in greater detail in 9P1. MCC also plays a leadership role in the community through its Public Safety department, which is an official police department with sworn officers. In addition to providing police services for the main campus, additional locations and immediate areas, Public Safety officers also patrol a one-mile radius of the residential neighborhood including the Flint Cultural Center and Kearsley Park.
Key Challenges, Accomplishments, and Opportunities. An ongoing challenge for all community colleges, especially in Michigan, is financial stability and funding sources. An additional challenge is a recent decline in enrollment due to the slight recovery in the local economy and changes in financial aid and loans. Like many community colleges, MCC experienced an enrollment "bubble" during the recession which took the full-time enrollment to a record high of approximately 12,500 unduplicated students. MCC has returned to its previous enrollment level of approximately 10,500 – 11,000 unduplicated students. A significant recent accomplishment has been MCC's recognition by the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program as one of the country's Top 120 community college for two consecutive years (7P5). For one of those years, MCC was placed among the Top 10 community colleges in the country. In addition, Dr. M. Richard Shaink was selected as the North American President/CEO of the year in 2010 by the American Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Due to analysis of our current challenges—and in response to the national "completion agenda"—MCC has worked to make student retention a primary focus for future work. Significant re-structuring for academic advising and major initiatives on retention alert strategies have taken place, and one of the current AQIP Action Projects is focused on comprehensive, college-wide student retention strategy (8P3). Following on the Aspen Institute recognition, MCC sees an opportunity to expand its statewide and national leadership in higher education and workforce/economic development issues.
Activity Since 2009 Systems Appraisal. Major changes to benchmarking, program review, developmental education, academic advising, and many others were informed by the 2009 Systems Appraisal feedback. MCC became an Achieving the Dream (AtD) institution in 2010, and this work has involved greater emphasis on using data to analyze student performance and resulted in major reforms in developmental education (8I2). A new system of program and discipline review has been developed (1R3), and a comprehensive restructuring of student learning outcomes is now in place (7I1). In addition, significant revisions in MCC's advising process have taken place, including the addition of new full-time faculty advisors (1P7). MCC has also expanded its nationally-recognized veterans services.
Examples of Recent Improvement Initiatives. The "improvement" questions in each category section contain detailed information about recent improvement efforts. Among these is the impact of current and former AQIP Action Projects such as comprehensive wellness, degree audit, developmental education, mandatory placement, student retention, and many others. MCC has adopted a Cultural Values statement to address civility and behavior concerns on campus, described in 5P1. Finally, the college has adopted a 2013-2018 Strategic Plan with specific objectives to further the college's mission over the next five years.