Linn-Benton Community College was established in 1966 as a two-year public college to serve the educational needs of residents in Linn and Benton counties. The college now offers more than 60 transfer and career/technical programs. LBCC students benefit from smaller classes where they have greater opportunity to interact with faculty and other students, and from faculty who focus on teaching and providing the kind of personal attention that guides and supports students on to success. More than 18,000 students take at least one class at LBCC each year, with more than 4,000 attending full time, and about 600 graduating each year.
Like most community colleges, Linn-Benton Community College was founded with the community in mind and remains community-focused to this day, more than 50 years later. For LBCC this “community focus” is explicitly stated in our Mission and objectively measured in our Core Themes and Strategic Goals.
To engage in an education that enables all of us to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the cultural richness and economic vitality of our communities
- Educational Attainment
- Cultural Richness
- Economic Vitality
- Productivity – Effectively supporting and guiding students from access to completion and transfer.
- Equity – Achieving student completion that is demographically representative of the LBCC District.
- Quality – Ensuring that student completion demonstrably improves our students’ capacity to better their lives and contribute back to our community
Our three Strategic Goals have been designed to form a kind of “triad of creative tension” that helps to keep us focused on true student success. Whereas Productivity alone might leave us open to increasing our numbers by reducing rigor and/or focusing our efforts only on students most likely to succeed even without our help, the Goals of Equity and Quality counteract any such drift from our Mission and Core Themes by ensuring that we remain steadfastly focused on three of our Mission's most important words – “all of us.”community.
Moreover, at Linn-Benton Community College, we have articulated a set of Values that we strive to embody and employ, serving as the principles by which we inform our planning and guide our actions in pursuit of our Goals for ourselves, our students, and our community. As responsible stewards, we at LBCC are committed to these Values:
- Opportunity: We support the fulfillment of potential in each other and
- Excellence: We aspire to the highest ideal with honesty and integrity.
- Inclusiveness: We honor and embrace the uniqueness of every individual, and
promote the free and civil expression of ideas, perspectives, and cultures.
- Learning:We commit to the lifelong pursuit of knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve our lives and our communities.
- Engagement: We openly and actively connect as students, faculty, staff and community.
Together with our Mission, Core Themes, and Strategic Goals, these Values serve as the foundation by which we guide our actions, unite us as people, and define the character of the community that we seek to build and to serve. In the Values by which we guide all of our efforts, in the Core Themes by which we define Mission attainment, in our Strategic Goals by which we establish our mileposts, and in the details of this Strategic Plan by which we set our course, we at LBCC are singularly focused on being able to provide a robust “Yes” to these two questions:
- Are our communities better because of what we do?
- Are our graduates better able to contribute to and benefit from the communities of which they are a part?