|approved by Board of Regents 06/07/2019|
The State Technical College of Missouri prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.
The State Technical College of Missouri is an associate degree and certificate granting institution with open/selective enrollment and a mission focusing on access to highly specialized technical education in both emerging and traditional technologies. The State Technical College of Missouri prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning. Profitable employment is self-employment and entrepreneurship as well as working for an employer. The mission is accomplished within the charges of the legislative mission.
1. State Technical College of Missouri shall be a special purpose institution that shall make available to students from all areas of the state exceptional educational opportunities through highly specialized and advanced technical education and training at the certificate and associate degree level in both emerging and traditional technologies with particular emphasis on technical and vocational programs not commonly offered by community colleges or area vocational technical schools. Primary consideration shall be placed on the industrial and technological manpower needs of the state. In addition, State Technical College of Missouri is authorized to assist the state in economic development initiatives and to facilitate the transfer of technology to Missouri business and industry directly through the graduation of technicians in advanced and emerging disciplines and through technical assistance provided to business and industry. State Technical College of Missouri is authorized to provide technical assistance to area vocational technical schools and community colleges through supplemental on-site instruction and distance learning as such area vocational technical schools and community colleges deem appropriate.
2. Consistent with the mission statement provided in subsection 1 of this section, State Technical College of Missouri shall offer vocational and technical programs leading to the granting of certificates, diplomas, and applied science associate degrees, or a combination thereof. State Technical College of Missouri may offer associate of arts or baccalaureate degrees only when authorized by the coordinating board for higher education in circumstances where the level of education required in a field for accreditation or licensure increases to the baccalaureate degree level or, in the case of applied bachelor's degrees, the level of education required for employment in a field increases to that level, and when doing so would not unnecessarily duplicate an existing program, collaboration with a university is not feasible or the approach is not a viable means of meeting the needs of students and employers, and the institution has the academic and financial capacity to offer the program in a high-quality manner. Quality for such baccalaureate degree programs shall be evaluated at least in part by delivery of upper-level coursework or competencies, and defined by accreditation or compliance with the Higher Learning Commission standards for bachelor's degrees. State Technical College of Missouri shall also continue its role as a recognized area vocational technical school as provided by policies and procedures of the state board of education.
Mo. Rev. Stat. § 178.636
The State Technical College of Missouri, as the premier public institution of technical education supporting economic development in the state of Missouri, is dedicated to serving the state’s diverse population. As a student-centered education community, the institution maximizes students’ learning potential by providing them with specialized knowledge in traditional and emerging technical areas as well as general knowledge that fosters a life of learning.
Legislative History. Linn Technical Junior College and later Linn Technical College (1968), supported by a grant to the Osage County R-II School District from the National Defense Education Act of 1958, offered its first program in electronics in the fall of 1961. By 1965 the College was awarded the status of an Area Vocational Technical School by the Missouri State Board of Education through the federal Vocational Education Act of 1963. In 1991, statutory authority was established for the granting of associate degrees and certificates. In 1995, Senate Bill 101 created “Linn State Technical College.” The College continued to be governed by the Osage County R-II School Board until July 1, 1996 when the Board of Regents accepted full responsibility for the institution as Linn State Technical College. It became Missouri's first and only public institution devoted solely to technical education at the Associate of Applied Science level. In 2013, House Bill 673 changed the name of the institution to “State Technical College of Missouri” effective July 1, 2014. This change better reflects the institution’s statewide role in technical education.
To fulfill our mission and to achieve our vision, State Technical College of Missouri values the following:
- A common foundation of knowledge and understanding by supporting a strong general education core
- Technical content that aligns with business and industry expectations for employment
- Preparation for self-employment and entrepreneurship as well as preparation to work for an employer
- Collaboration with business, industry, and other educational institutions to develop and strengthen partnerships and ensure a learning environment that adjusts to global changes
- Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills through an appropriate mix of theory and application
- Development and support of the educational, professional, and personal needs, interests, and capabilities of each student
- An academic environment fostering continued growth, academic freedom, and professional development of faculty and staff through a life of learning
- Continued improvement of student learning outcomes through assessment
- Open communication and teamwork among students, faculty, and staff
- Responsibility and leadership in service for the common good
- Laboratories that demonstrate work environments
- Class sizes to facilitate individual attention and promote safety
- Ethical and professional behavior
- Integrity, respect, collaboration, excellence, and leadership
- Appreciation and encouragement of diverse student, faculty, and staff populations
- Responsiveness to the economic development needs of the state of Missouri
Institutional Goal Statements
In pursuit of its mission the College sets forth the following institutional goal statements:
1. Mission Review and Implementation
- Systematically evaluate the extent to which the institution is meeting its higher education mission.
- Assure achievement of stated objectives.
- Periodically review, and if needed, revise the college mission documents.
- Continuously undertake improvement initiatives with measurable goals and outcomes.
2. Organization and Governance
- Maintain an institutional environment with faculty and staff participation in the decision-making process.
3. Policies and Procedures
- Develop, implement, and systematically evaluate policies and procedures that clearly define relationships involving students, faculty, staff, Board of Regents, and other external stakeholders.
- Provide academic opportunities that are relevant to the changing needs of industry.
- Maintain and assess academic programs to ensure excellence.
- Integrate general education into the technical education curriculum.
- Provide academic and co-curricular opportunities that support entrepreneurship.
- Provide instruction that is responsive to the needs of the changing population of students and their learning needs.
- Provide instruction that acquaints students with a variety of cultures.
- Utilize the most appropriate teaching techniques and current technology.
- Maintain appropriate student-to-faculty ratio.
- Systematically assess instruction, equipment, and facilities to achieve improvements in learning.
- Provide appropriate academic support through the Library and Academic Resource Center.
6. Student Services and Activities
- Support services and activities that enhance the cultural development and citizenship of students.
- Support a comprehensive course placement and counseling program to assist students in making career decisions.
- Support experiences that foster leadership and community participation among students.
- Support appropriate diversity goals which are protective of the dignity of individuals.
- Recognize the human and cultural diversity of the world in which students live and work.
7. Human Resources
- Recruit and assist in the development of exceptional faculty and staff with an appreciation of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Cultivate a faculty whose qualifications include current technical expertise balanced with appropriate formal education.
8. Campus and Facilities
- Build and maintain physical facilities designed to support educational programs and instructional technology of the highest quality.
- Design and maintain safe and effective laboratories, work stations, and equipment.
- Develop and maintain an effective technology infrastructure to support both education and administration functions.
- Obtain, from both public and private sources, adequate financial support to accomplish the mission.
- Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and good stewardship of fund management.
10. Assessment of Student Learning
- Evaluate employer and graduate satisfaction of student learning.
- Collect dependable data, which will give sufficient evidence to support continuous improvement of student learning.
- Evaluate student learning in technical areas.
- Evaluate student learning in general education areas.
11. Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate proficiency in technical skills necessary for employment.
- Demonstrate proficiency in using effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving.
- Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing technology relevant to the learner’s discipline.
- Demonstrate awareness of appropriate workplace interaction and workplace readiness.
- Provide general and technical education that is transferable first to the workplace as well as to baccalaureate programs where appropriate.
- Develop and/or maintain partnerships with business and industry, the surrounding community, and other educational institutions.
- Assist the state in economic development initiatives and to facilitate the transfer of technology to business and industry.
13. Positioning for the Future
- Engage in both operational and strategic planning to continually improve the institution as it strives to address its mission.
- Provide a learning environment that adjusts to global changes.
- Maintain effective connections with industry representatives, education, and other stakeholders in order to stay abreast of industry and societal changes that will allow the College to remain relevant and up-to-date.