Institutional Overview

Shared Performance Expectations

Strategic Plan

Organizational Chart

Title III


Reports and Student Outcome Data


Academic Freedom and Integrity Statement






Vital Characteristics

Highland Community College began as Highland University in 1858, making it the first college in Kansas. After eight name changes, the College continues to provide higher education opportunities to the people of Northeast Kansas in a small rural setting. The College has traditionally prepared students to continue their studies at baccalaureate institutions. Studies conducted at the Regents universities in Kansas show that students who begin their college careers at HCC and then transfer do as well or better academically than all other students who transfer to those universities and those who start there. In July of 2008, the region’s technical college merged with the College, allowing HCC to expand its educational services to the nine county service area in Northeast Kansas.

Governance  The College is governed by a six-member Board of Trustees comprised of residents of Doniphan County, the location of the original campus, who are elected for four-year terms. Three members are up for re-election every two years.  On the state level, HCC is coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), which governs the state’s six universities.  KBOR was reconstituted by legislative action in 1999 to include coordination of the state’s 19 community colleges and 12 technical schools. Prior to 1999, Kansas community colleges and technical schools were under the auspices of the State Board of Education, which governs the state’s K-12 system. The 1999 change was designed to implement a seamless system of higher education in the state.

Mission  The initial appraisal of our first accreditation portfolio resulted in a yearlong strategic planning process. That experience provided the opportunity for the Board of Trustees to revisit and refine the Mission Statement it adopted in 1997. New Mission and Vision Statements were adopted in August of 2009.


HCC, the first college in Kansas, provides lifelong learning opportunities and contributes to economic development to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.

Vision Statement

Highland Community College is recognized as the college of choice in Northeast Kansas.


1.  Goals for Student Learning and Shaping an Academic Climate

As a comprehensive community college, HCC’s goals for student learning are to provide opportunities for associate degree completion, certification completion, and skill enhancement to meet student objectives.

HCC offers four associate degrees: associate in arts, associate in science, associate in applied science, and associate in general studies; and fifteen certificate programs. 

Accounting Athletic Training Accounting Administrative Assistant
Agricultural Economics Biology Agribusiness Automotive Collision Repair
Agricultural Education Enology Auto Collision Repair Automotive Technology
Agronomy Exercise Science Automotive Technology Business Information Systems
Animal Science Pre-Chiropractic Business Administration Computer Support Technology
Art Education Pre-Dental Hygiene Business Information Systems Construction Technology
Art Therapy Pre-Dentistry Commercial Photography Diesel Technology
Business Administration Pre-Engineering  Computer Support Technology Electrical Technology
Criminal Justice Pre-Forestry Criminal Justice Engineering Graphic & Technologies
Elementary Education Pre-Medicine Diesel Technology Enology
English  Pre-Nursing Early Childhood HVAC & Plumbing
Graphic Design Pre-Optometry Engineering Graphics & Technologies Industrial Welding Technology
History Pre-Pharmacy Farm & Ranch Management Medical Coding
Management Pre-Physical Science Farm & Ranch Management-Cow Calf Swine Medical Office Assistant
Marketing Pre-Physical Therapy Graphic Design Practical Nursing (LPN)
Mathematics Pre-Repiratory Therapy Medical Coding Precision Agriculture
Music-Vocal Pre-Veterinarian Microcomputer Application Risk Management
Psychology Viticulture Personal Fitness Trainer Viticulture
Secondary Education   Precision Agriculture  
Social Work      
Spanish Language      
Speech Communication      
Studio Art      
Studio Photography      

The HCC Key Instructional Programs can be organized under three headings:

General Education  The majority (approx. 70%) of HCC students intend to transfer their coursework to a bachelor degree-granting institution. Consequently, our primary instructional program is designed to be the initial two years (60+ credit hours) of bachelor degree requirements.

Developmental Courses   Since approximately 40 percent of each incoming class to the campus requires at least one developmental course, we are seeking another Title III grant to address this student population. Current staff has addressed these student needs with a variety of instructional techniques, including computer assisted instruction (CAI), staff and student tutors, and faculty/staff workshops on learning styles. Results of that work show that other techniques are needed; a special semester is now being explored that focuses on skills for future success.

Technical/Workforce Training   HCC has traditionally had some technical coursework designed to prepare students for vocational careers. With the current emphasis on workforce training and the merger of Northeast Kansas Technical College with HCC, these key programs are receiving even more attention.

Concerning the use of technology within the formal instructional context, delivering educational programs to the College’s entire nine county service area is a priority for HCC. To that end, we utilize technology in the traditional classroom setting, with telephones and faxing capabilities, with e-mail, online, through the Kansas distance learning systemTELENET-2, Interactive Distance Learning (IDL), with Internet access and multimedia capabilities, a growing number of courses offered completely online, and Smart classrooms. An earlier Title III initiative allowed us to make nearly every campus classroom into a Smart classroom. Finally, HCC instructors are supplied with state-of-the-art computers, laptops, software, and technical support.


2.  Key Organizational Services, Other than Instructional Programs, Provided to Students and Other External Stakeholders

In addition to instructional programs, the College provides courses and other opportunities for students to develop and display their talents in art, music, and drama;

and provides courses, intramural and intercollegiate athletic competition, and other recreational activities that enable students to develop physical skills. The College offers members of the community an opportunity for educational development and cultural enrichment by providing

a. basic adult education programs and testing for those who have not obtained their high school diploma;

b. credit and non-credit courses, workshops, seminars, customized training, and other organized learning opportunities as needed or requested by the public or by businesses or industries in the College’s service area

c. art shows, lectures, athletic events, musical and dramatic performances for the cultural enrichment of the          community; and

d. facilities that can be available for community use, including a learning resource center and a wellness center.


3.  Short and Long Term Requirements and Expectations of Student and Key Stakeholder Groups

In a single statement, most students expect to have their needs met, whether with respect to affordable high quality higher education opportunities that accommodate their schedules, degree requirements, and transferability, with a supportive staff and faculty, along with other educational or training opportunities such as continuing education and community development, or the opportunity to pursue personal goals. The expectations and needs of students in these categories can be quite varied, ranging from updated computer skills to a jump start on college transfer hours for high school students taking college-credit courses or complete degree programs. Most class sessions include a mix of students with differing goals. 

On Campus Student Needs/Requirements

  • Effective teaching/Courses/ Programs
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Academic Advisement
  • Safety on campus
  • Technology/Facilities
  • Housing/ Food Service
  • Activities/ Entertainment
  • Support Services
  • Easy Admissions Process
  • Degree Programs
  • Transfer Info/ Requirements for Graduation

Off Campus Student Needs/Requirements

  • Effective teaching/ Courses/ Programs              
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Access to classes/ Convenience
  • Tech Support
  • Re-training programs

Non-Traditional Student Needs/Requirements

Same as off-campus with the addition of childcare and evening and weekend classes.

Taxpayers/Doniphan Co. Residents Needs/Requirements

  • Don’t raise taxes                                                     
  • Continued Career Training
  • Cultural Events
  • Access to Facilities

Faculty Needs/Requirements                                             

  • Fair Compensation                                    
  • Access to Technology/Training                        
  • Advancement Opportunities                            
  • Good Supervisor                                                 
  • Academic Support/Continued Ed.                       
  • Benefits                                                                 
  • Good Work Environment

Staff Needs/Requirements

  • Fair Compensation
  • Continued Training
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Good Supervior
  • Benefits
  • Good Work Environment

Alumni Needs/Requirements

  • Continue Traditions
  • Student Success
  • Continued Growth – student, faculty, and facility
  • Connections with other Alumni
  • An Opportunity to give back

Prospective Students Needs/Requirements

  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid
  • Academic Programs
  • Campus Visits
  • Constant Improvement
  • Helpful/Friendly employees
  • Easy Access to information – Phone, Web Site, High School Visits, College Planning Conferences, Career Fair
  • Traditions of proven student success


  • Safe Campus
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships - affordable
  • Fair to all

Competitors  The College has various competitors in serving these groups. The primary competitors for students are other higher education institutions– mostly the other Kansas colleges. Other taxing entities in the state and county vie for our county taxpayer dollars, we compete with other colleges and workforce opportunities for our faculty and staff, other colleges attended by our alumni, and the colleges attended by student siblings for the attention of student parents.


4.  Administrative, Faculty, and Staff Resources


Key Factors in how Human Resources are Organized and Used

• Area economy

• College budget

• Program needs

• Federal/state/local/accreditation requirements



5.  Strategies that Align Leadership, Decision Making, and Communication Processes with College Mission and Values, Policies and Requirements of Oversight Entities, and Legal, Ethical, and Social Responsibilities

• Creation of a strategic planning process involving Mission and Values now embedded in a Strategic Planning Council that continually communicates with all employees

• Annual review of strategic plan with Board of Trustees

• Performance Agreements with Kansas Board of Regents

• Adherence to local/state/federal/HLC guidelines


6.  Strategies that Align Key Administrative Support Goals with Mission and Values

Alignment of our key administrative support goals with the College Mission and Values is embedded in our strategic planning process.


7.   How Data and Information Collected and Distributed is Determined

Within the purview of the Strategic Planning Council, action project and work teams identify strategies to meet strategic goals. With the assistance of Institutional Research, appropriate data collection and distribution methods are determined.


8.  Key Commitments, Constraints, Challenges, and Opportunities with which College’s Short and Long Term Plans and Strategies Must be Aligned

• Local/state/federal/HLC guidelines and partnerships

• Local/state economy

• Human resources


9.  Key Partnerships and Collaborations (external and internal) that Contribute to College’s Effectiveness

Eight key collaborative relationships have been identified, all of which are directly related to the College mission. Those key relationships center on our educational, coordinating, and economic partners. 

KBOR – the Kansas Board of Regents is the legislated coordinator of Kansas higher education institutions.

USD’s – the unified school districts in our service area are the primary providers of our students.

Area Articulated Colleges and Universities – these institutions are the primary receivers of our AA, AS, and AGS students.

Area Businesses – our AAS and certificate students are hired by these businesses and the businesses also provide members of our advisory teams.

Economic Development – the College has a strong history of involvement with our local Economic Development Commission

Community and Professional Organizations – the College plays a key supportive and participative role in community and professional organizations such as Highland PRIDE, Food Pantry East and West, Doniphan County Chamber of Commerce, Wolf River Consortium, and the School-Business Educational Consortium.





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