HLC Self Study
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Criterion 4: Acquisition, Discovery and Application of Knowledge

Estrella Mountain Community College promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff, and students by fostering and supporting inquiry, creativity, practice, and social responsibility in ways consistent with its mission.

With an organizational commitment to lifelong learning, Estrella Mountain Community College has greatly invested in providing and facilitating intellectual, educational, personal, and professional opportunities for all faculty, administrators, staff and students. The College does not attempt to classify learning with narrow traditional definitions, but rather seeks the input of its communities in an effort to foster creative and inclusive environments in which individuals may collaboratively teach and learn from each other. Employees of Estrella Mountain continually seek knowledge about cutting edge technologies, participate in teaching and learning scholarship, engage in cross-disciplinary collaborations and service, and create and participate in unique celebrations.

Estrella Mountain Community College values the cultivation of an organizational culture in which policies, programs, practices, and employees work collaboratively to support learning. Estrella Mountain has made it an institutional priority to develop and support continuous improvement initiatives and professional development programs that prepare all employees to become more effective facilitators of learning.