Values, Mission and Goals
Wor-Wic will be recognized as the education resource of choice for residents and
businesses on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.
At Wor-Wic, core values are the underlying principles behind all individual, instructional,
and institutional behaviors and actions. The college recognizes that the application of the core values
in all college programs, services and communications is the route to accomplishing the college's mission
and achieving its vision.
Accessibility is continuous access to educational services for all members of the service
community regardless of geographic, physical or economic limitations. The institution promotes access
through sensitivity to the varied needs of its constituencies.
Community is the result of collaboration and cooperation among faculty, staff, administration,
students and the larger community. The college responds creatively and flexibly to community needs,
and promotes civic and environmental responsibility, as well as community service.
Diversity is the dynamic variety of people and ideas that promote greater skill and
wisdom, and enhance institutional vitality. All members of the community have a right to contribute
to and benefit from the college's institutional life. The college protects and welcomes a diversity
of freely-exchanged and critically-considered perspectives and approaches in the learning and working
Honesty is the guiding principle of all college-related interactions among faculty,
staff, administration and students. It lays the foundation of trust and ethical behavior that allows
for mutual respect, credibility and integrity.
Learning is intellectual and personal growth that is promoted through a positive and
supportive atmosphere that encourages creative and critical thinking. Formal and informal learning
experiences are essential for the well-being and success of all individuals.
Quality is the pursuit of excellence that is the measure of all individual and institutional
actions and decisions. The practice and promotion of continuous assessment and improvement, innovation,
and the highest levels of professionalism and performance, make quality a way of life that results in
satisfied students and community.
Respect is showing regard for the intrinsic worth of someone or something. Respect
for oneself, other people, all forms of life and the environment promotes the success of individuals
and the institution.
Responsibility is the accountability, both individual and institutional, for all behaviors,
mistakes and successes.
Wor-Wic is a comprehensive community college that enhances local economic growth
by addressing the educational, training and workforce development requirements of
the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. The college serves the
unique needs of a diverse student body through its educational offerings and comprehensive
support services designed to facilitate student goal completion. The college provides
affordable, high quality instruction for postsecondary credit programs and continuing
education in a technology-driven environment. Wor-Wic ensures academic excellence
and institutional effectiveness through assessment and continuous improvement.
Mission-Based Institutional Goals
- Provide service area residents with access to a quality education at a reasonable
- Offer courses and programs in a variety of formats to prepare graduates for:
- immediate entry into the local workforce; and/or
- transfer to other postsecondary institutions.
- Offer courses and programs for residents to pursue career advancement, earn licensures
and certifications, and for personal development.
- Promote economic development by providing programs and services that are compatible
with the needs of business, government, nonprofits and other community groups.
- Provide students with educational experiences and support services that help them
achieve their goals through college completion.
- Collaborate with local high schools and universities to share resources and facilitate
seamless transitions through the levels of education.
- Attract and retain a diversity of students and employees.
- Acquire appropriate human, financial and technological resources to meet institutional
- Ensure the quality of student learning, support services and institutional performance
through the assessment process.
Assessment of Academic Programs and Student Services
In accordance with Wor-Wic’s mission to provide high quality programs, the college engages in routine,
systematic assessment processes to ensure continuous improvement of student learning and success. The
college’s assessment process determines to what extent students are attaining stated student learning
outcomes. To that end, student academic performance data are collected in the aggregate, at the course,
program and institutional levels. Individual students are not identified. In addition, students are
asked to participate in a number of college wide surveys to provide feedback on the quality of academic
and student services. The results of the surveys are analyzed by college officials in order to continually
improve teaching and learning, as well as institutional procedures. For questions regarding the assessment
process, contact the director of assessment at 410-334-2966.