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​ Mission / Vision / Values 

 
Mission:
College of the Desert provides excellent educational programs and services that contribute to the success of our students and the vitality of the communities we serve.
 
Vision:
College of the Desert will be a center of collaborations and innovations for educational enrichment, economic development and quality of life in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities.
 
Values:
College of the Desert is a learning-centered institution that values:
Student Success: Student learning and growth are central to all we do.

Diversity & Inclusion: We embrace the diversity of our community and uphold the dignity and worth of the individual.

Integrity: We are open, honest and reliable.
Respect: We value the thoughts, words, and actions of our students, colleagues, and community.

Dedication: Our faculty, staff and administrators are responsible leaders who effectively implement programs in support of student learning and efficient college operations.
Professionalism: We are current in our areas of expertise and embody high standards of conduct.
Communication: We communicate with authenticity in pursuit of broad understanding, effective dialog, and inclusive decision-making.

Lifelong Learning: Learning is essential to living, for our students, faculty and staff.