Mission: Lee College serves as a focal point for the development of educated, gainfully employed, and socially aware residents of our local community.
Vision: Providing knowledge and skills to successfully navigate in the modern world.
In 1991, House Bill 2009 mandated that public community colleges develop a strategic plan based on guidelines developed by the Governor’s Office. This statute was amended in 1993, requiring that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) develop a consolidated plan for all public community colleges for submission to the state.
THECB Community College Mission
Texas public community colleges are two-year institutions whose primary mission is to serve their local taxing districts and service areas in offering vocational, technical, and academic courses for certification or associate degrees. Community education, developmental and compensatory education consistent with open-admission policies, and programs of counseling and guidance are also provided. Each institution insists on excellence in all academic areas – instruction, research, and public service. Faculty research, using the facilities provided for and consistent with the primary function of each institution, is encouraged. Funding for research should be from private sources, competitively acquired sources, local taxes, and other local revenue (Texas Education Code Section 130.0011).
Within the overall mission, each Texas public community college is to provide:
- technical programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;
- vocational programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations;
- freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate or baccalaureate degrees;
- community adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment;
- compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admission’s policy allowing enrollment of disadvantaged students;
- a continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals;
- workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;
- adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and
- such other purposed as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of post-secondary education in Texas (Texas Education Code Section 130.003(e).
The Lee College mission statement emerged from an extensive planning process and is consistent with the THECB Community College Mission.