Vision, Mission, Strategic Plan & Institutional Outcomes

CCD students graduate from cutting-edge programs ready to take the next step in their lives, whether it’s to transfer to a four-year institution or begin a new career.

CCD promotes excellence in teaching, learning, and service to a diverse community and enrolls over 8,000 students each year on its Auraria and Lowry campuses and online. Among the student population, 92 percent are Colorado residents, more than 30 percent is Latinx, more than 50 percent self-identify as underrepresented, and our international students represent more than 40 nations. The College offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in transfer and occupational education, and CCD’s core classes are guaranteed to transfer to Colorado public colleges and universities.

Vision Statement

Every member of our community will attain the education he or she desires.

Mission Statement

CCD provides our diverse community an opportunity to gain quality higher education and achieve personal and professional success in a supportive and inclusive environment.


  • Involvement
  • Student-Focus
  • Integrity
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Excellence
  • Healthy Work Environment 

The Community College of Denver 2025 Strategic Plan begins roll out in Fall 2019.  If you're a CCD employee, go to the CCD 365 Sharepoint Site for more information.

A Message from the President

Dear Friend of CCD,

I am pleased to be sharing with you the new strategic plan for Community College of Denver. Developed through a collaborative process with CCD faculty, staff, students, and community members, the plan was created with student success as the primary objective. We believe our new strategic plan is our roadmap to the future.

Like community colleges everywhere, CCD faces a time of significant challenges as we respond to the diverse and evolving needs of our students and our community. Yet times of challenge are also times of opportunity, and it’s clear that CCD has the ability to not only meet those challenges but to define a new model of what a community college should be for the city of Denver and beyond.

To do so, we need to rally around a shared vision. This new strategic plan─inspired by the voices of our CCD students, community, and team─embodies that shared vision. Together, we can shape an extraordinary future.

Kind regards,
Everette J. Freeman, CCD President

  1. CCD will serve as the model of community college education that successfully integrates the entire college to support student learning and success.
  2. CCD will provide all students with thoughtfully designed program tracks that align with institutional outcomes and workforce needs.
  3. CCD will double the percentage of students who complete certificates and degrees.
  4. CCD will re-energize and redefine the College as the destination for high-quality transfer and workforce preparation.

Strategic Priority 1 | CCD will prioritize student learning and successful completion of educational goals.

  • We will support innovative programs that are relevant, integrated, and of consistently high quality.
  • We will increase successful persistence, transfer, and completion of certificate and degree programs.
  • We will create achievable short-term educational goals to encourage student persistence.
  • We will identify other success measures of student learning, including academic, social, and personal development.
  • Collaboratively assess and refine academic and support programs to meet diverse needs.

Strategic Priority 2 | CCD will re-envision internal relationships to maximize college assets and provide an environment for excellence.

  • We will examine and refine institutional structure and processes to foster a culture of collaboration and integration.
  • We will establish inclusive, collaborative, and student-centered decision-making processes across college sectors that align with strategic priorities.
  • We will improve service to students and the community by increasing college-wide knowledge of processes, procedures, and resources.
  • We will develop integrated and ongoing college-wide support structures for students.
  • We will provide ongoing professional development, training, and collaborative support systems that foster dialogue and integration for our employees.

Strategic Priority 3 | CCD will build bridges into the community to address needs, improve engagement, and create opportunities.

  • We will evaluate, reestablish, increase, and sustain relationships with businesses, industries, and community organizations.
  • We will evaluate, reestablish, increase, and sustain relationships with educational partners.
  • We will foster relationships necessary for robust funding for student success.
  • We will develop and sustain an ambitious and compelling marketing, branding, and image campaign.

Strategic Priority 4 | CCD will increase access to information and data to enhance institutional decision making.

  • We will develop a systemic approach to gather, organize, and analyze usable data.
  • We will develop a systemic approach to gather, organize, and share information about resources and support systems.
  • We will develop accurate, relevant, and easy-to-use systems for timely access and communication of needed information.

Committee Co-Chairs

Bob Studinger, Dean, Center for Performing Arts, Behavior & Social Sciences

Stephen Thomas – Chair, English Department/Professor

CCD Employees

Chris Arcarese – Director, Information Technology Services

Kate Caruso – Chair, Adjunct Faculty Senate/Adjunct Faculty

Patty Davies – Director, Human Resources

Rachel Davis – Director, Academic Advising Center

Bret Hann – Professor, Developmental English

Stephanie Harrison – Dean, Center of Health Sciences

Lindsay Ryan – Contract & Budget Coordinator, Administrative Services

Carol Miller – Chair, Faculty Council/Chair, Business & Economics/Professor

Mike Nowicki – Advisor, Educational Opportunity Center

Brandon Protas – Director, College Pathways

Margaret Puryear – Director, Institutional Research & Planning

Gustavo Rivas – Manager, Call Center

Frances Robles – Office Manager, Center for Career & Technical Education

Ryan Ross – Dean, Student Development & Retention

Sue Samuelson – Director, Creative Services

Kevin Seiler – Director, Facilities Services

Community Partners

Nate Easley – Executive Director, Denver Scholarship Foundation/CCD Advisory Council Member

Rana Tarkenton – Deputy Director for Programs, Denver Scholarship Foundation


Monique Prante – CCD Student

Special thanks to Dr. Linda Bowman, Colorado Community College System Vice President of Executive Leadership Training & Development, for her support and guidance throughout this strategic planning process.

A CCD Graduate Is a Numeric Thinker.

Students will select relevant data and use several methods such as algebraic, geometric, and statistical reasoning to solve problems; they will interpret and draw inferences from data and mathematical models; they are able to represent mathematical information symbolically, graphically, numerically, and verbally.

A CCD Graduate Is Personally Responsible.

Students will incorporate ethical reasoning into action; they will explore and articulate the values of professionalism in personal decision-making. They exemplify dependability, honesty, trustworthiness, and accept personal accountability for their choices and actions. Students will exhibit self-reliant behaviors, including managing time effectively, accepting supervision and direction as needed, perseverance, valuing contributions of others, and holding themselves accountable for obligations.

A CCD Graduate Is Globally Aware.

Students will consider the interconnectedness of our community and world; they will understand how cultural differences (such as beliefs, traditions, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender) impact personal and community participation; they are aware of the social, environmental, and economic impacts of their actions; they evaluate how technology links individuals and communities and are aware of the social, environmental, technological, and economic impacts of their actions.

A CCD Graduate Is an Effective Communicator.

Students will convey meaning by writing, speaking, or visually communicating coherently and effectively in a way that others understand; Students will write, speak or visually engage the target audience after reflection; Students will influence others through writing, speaking, visual representation, or artistic expression that is appropriate for the context and audience; Students will use appropriate syntax and grammar and will present or express their ideas coherently; Students attentively apply receptive skills and respond appropriately; Students will understand and apply conventions of effective written, oral, or visual communication in academic, public, and professional discourse.

A CCD Graduate Is a Complex Thinker.

Students will explore and evaluate multiple sources of information, which they will synthesize to solve problems; they will extract meaning from texts, instruction, experience, and other relevant sources to construct new problem-solving approaches based on their insights. Students will make relevant connections between the classroom and out-of-classroom learning.

A CCD Graduate Is an Effective and Ethical User of Technology.

Students will exhibit technological literacy and the skills to effectively use it; they will demonstrate the responsible application of intellectual property and privacy; students will use technology ethically and effectively to communicate, solve problems, and complete tasks; students will remain current with technological innovations.


*2007 Denver Regional Workforce Gap Analysis, Denver Office of Economic Development, September 24, 2007
*Student Satisfaction Survey Summary for Community College of Denver, 2010 CCCS Institutional Research and Planning
*Community College Survey of Student Engagement, 2010 Frequency Distributions-Community College of Denver
*Colorado Revised Statute, Student Bill of Rights 12-1-125
*Department of Higher Education, Publication on Competencies for (Critical Thinking, Mathematics, Reading, Technology, Written Communication),  November 30, 2005
*2010 Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, Faculty Responses, Student and Faculty Frequency Distributions.
*The following Colleges were examined: the University of Colorado at Boulder and Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Denver University.
*CCD Survey on Institutional Outcomes Fall 2011