Mission and Goals

Established by the citizens of Lake County within a framework of the Illinois Master Plan for Higher Education, the College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college dedicated primarily to meeting the post-secondary educational needs of individuals within District 532. The College of Lake County is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, (312) 263-0456 or (800) 621-7440.


The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves.


The College of Lake County is a leader in providing innovative education and workforce solutions.


We hold these values to be the cornerstone to fulfilling the college's mission:

  1. Purpose

  2. Integrity

  3. Excellence

  4. Inclusion

  5. Unity

  6. Compassion

Goals and Objectives

The College of Lake County sets forth the following Strategic Pillars and Definitions for Fiscal Years 2020-2024:

Strategic Pillar 1: Access and Success for Students

Definition: Facilitate learning through a student-ready systemic design framework focused on creating an ideal and equitable student experience. Intentionally design curriculum to provide clear paths for all student entry points and a seamless transition to transfer or career.

Strategic Pillar 2: Equity and Inclusion

Definition: Create success for every student and employee by providing a supportive, barrier-free environment that enables them to achieve academic, career and personal goals.

Strategic Pillar 3: Teaching and Learning Excellence

Definition: Achieve teaching and learning excellence by empowering full-time and adjunct faculty in their central role in the Lancer Success Framework, including the examination of pedagogy through data, engagement in meaningful professional development and the integration of academic supports with classroom learning and student feedback.

Strategic Pillar 4: Community and Workforce Partnerships

Definition: Facilitate the economic vitality of Lake County’s diverse communities through collaborative partnerships with workforce and educational partners to ensure a sufficient skilled workforce talent pipeline.

Strategic Pillar 5: Collaborative Culture

Definition: Facilitate student learning through a values-based, student-focused collaborative culture that upholds individual, team and organizational accountability.

Strategic Pillar 6: Strategic Use of Resources

Definition: Ensure a sustainable and fiscally sound College through nimble, prudent use of resources focused on maximizing student success outcomes, achieving revenue growth and ensuring state-of-the-art physical and virtual environments to serve the diverse needs of Lake County.

Learning Outcomes

The goal of the CLC Learning Outcomes is to prepare students for lifelong learning, to maintain high academic standards and to advance student success in future academic work and careers. The skills represented in the learning outcomes are developed by completing coursework across the curriculum and by participating in student organizations and clubs.


Work cooperatively and contribute productively within varied group dynamics to achieve shared goals

Critical Thinking

Identify issues, define vital questions and analyze evidence that leads to well- reasoned judgments and conclusions

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Assess conscious and subconscious biases, understand the root causes of societal inequities, and examine positions of power and privilege to help cultivate an inclusive, equitable and antiracist society

Information Literacy

Find, analyze, summarize, and document information responsibly in order to support a hypothesis, thesis or position

Oral Communication

Present orally or engage in dialogue that is appropriate to the given context in both delivery and style

Quantitative Literacy

Understand numerical data, solve quantitative problems, and apply mathematical reasoning to various academic and everyday life situations


Identify the interconnected dimensions of social, economic, and environmental issues involved in creating a more just and sustainable future


Create various forms of written communication that appropriately attend to audience and purpose, and, when applicable, incorporate and respond to the ideas of others