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.