1.21 Values and Tenets for Richland Community College Employees

adopted: Oct-2003
last revised: Oct-2003

The moral character of an educational organization is reflective of its leadership. Among those involved in the art and science of teaching and service, it is imperative that teachers, leaders, and service providers demonstrate a strong commitment to good principle and ethical behavior.

The fundamental contributions of education to society demand commitment to exemplary values. At Richland Community College, these values are embodied in our Core Values, which were adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2003. These core values and tenets serve as the guiding principles for Richland Community College and its employees.


We are dedicated to meeting the needs of the communities we serve.

I/We will:

  • Strive and maintain a quality educational experience.
  • Support the mission and vision of the College.
  • Focus on student and stakeholder needs.
  • Respond to the changing needs of our communities in a timely manner.
  • Create new programs and services to meet identified needs.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve programs, services, systems, and policies.
  • Utilize a shared decision-making process.


We recognize the expertise of all members of the College community and encourage individual contribution.

I/We will:

  • Include stakeholders in the decisions that affect them.
  • Treat people with dignity and encourage feelings of self-worth.
  • Promote trust through truthfulness, professional courtesy, and fair treatment.
  • Recognize and support employee and student contributions.
  • Demonstrate faith in and reliance on the integrity and abilities of others.


We strive to develop and pursue higher standards.

I/We will:

  • Exhibit quality in staffing, facilities, programs, and services.
  • Promote continuous improvement.
  • Anticipate needs and respond accordingly.
  • Encourage creativity and innovation.
  • Utilize systems that promote student and employee success.
  • Exceed student and stakeholder expectations.
  • Encourage decision-making at the level of implementation.
  • Encourage interdepartmental collaboration.
  • Support risk-taking


We assume and demonstrate responsibility for our actions.

I/We will:

  • Take responsibility for personal and professional growth and development.
  • Continuously evaluate and improve our systems and policies.
  • Establish and communicate clearly defined and articulated goals and objectives.
  • Establish and communicate clearly the standards and expectation of staff.
  • Ensure our work adds value to the College and District.
  • Demonstrate fiscal and social responsibility.


We believe that our similarities and difference are opportunities for establishing a common bond and strengthening the College.

I/We will:

  • Employ a College workforce that reflects the community we serve.
  • Ensure fair and equal access for all.
  • Recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the strength of diversity.
  • Provide educational experiences that promote a greater appreciation for diversity.
  • Implement learning activities that integrate diversity topics in the classroom.
  • Seek and consider multiple points of view.