San Bernardino Valley College is a comprehensive community college that serves the residents of the Inland Empire. The college is one of 115 locally governed California Community Colleges, and as such, is regulated by the California Education Code and is subject to the directions of the California Legislature and the California Community College Board of Governors. The college is responsible to its local constituency through an elected Board of Trustees, which is the primary policy-making body for the college. Students of the college are drawn, for the most part, from the local community. In addition, specific programs at the college attract students from throughout the state and world. Students range in age from under 18 to over 80 years, and reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the region.
San Bernardino Valley College was established in 1926, and originally served only the San Bernardino and Colton Unified School Districts. The population served has now expanded to include communities throughout the Inland Empire. Over the years, the original four-building campus has grown to one of 43 buildings grouped around a central, park-like open space, giving easy access to the numerous special purpose classrooms, lecture halls, laboratories, studios, shops and practice rooms. A faculty of 16 has grown to a teaching staff of more than 180 full-time and 480 adjunct faculty, and student body of 140 has grown to over 17,000. San Bernardino Valley College is proud of its long tradition of service to our community, and the faculty and staff is gratified to know they have played an important part in improving the lives of so many.
San Bernardino Valley College maintains a culture of continuous improvement and a commitment to provide high-quality education, innovative instruction, and services to a diverse community of learners. Its mission is to prepare students for transfer to four-year universities, to enter the workforce by earning applied degrees and certificates, to foster economic growth and global competitiveness through workforce development, and to improve the quality of life in the Inland Empire and beyond.
The vision statement represents the collective sense of the direction the faculty, staff and administration would like to see the college move over the next decade. The district’s Board of Trustees adopted the vision statement on June 13, 2002. The vision statement was reaffirmed by the college in October 2012:
San Bernardino Valley College will become the college of choice for students in the Inland Empire, and will be regarded as the “alma mater” of successful, lifelong learners. We will build our reputation on the quality of our programs and services and on the safety, comfort, and beauty of our campus. We will hold both our students and ourselves to high standards of achievement, and will expect all members of the college community to function as informed, responsible, and active members of society.
The college Values describe the philosophy and values of San Bernardino Valley College’s faculty, staff, and administration:
We believe that:
- A well-educated populace is essential to the general welfare of the community.
- A quality education empowers the student to think critically, to communicate clearly, and to grow personally and professionally.
- An enriched learning environment promotes creativity, self-expression, and the development of critical thinking skills.
- Our strength as an institution is enhanced by the cultural diversity of our student population and staff.
- We must provide students with access to the resources, services, and technological tools that will enable them to achieve their educational goals.
- We can measure our success by the degree to which our students become self-sufficient learners and contributing members of society.
- Plans and decisions must be data driven, and based on informed consideration of what will best serve students and the community.
- We must model our commitment to lifelong learning by maintaining currency in our professions and subject disciplines.
- As part of the collegial process, all levels of the college organization must openly engage in sharing ideas and suggestions to develop innovative ways to improve our programs and services.
- Interactions between all members of the college community must be marked by professionalism, intellectual openness, and mutual respect.
- We must hold ourselves and our students to the highest ethical and intellectual standards.
- We must maintain a current, meaningful and challenging curriculum.
- Students succeed best when following an education plan and enrolled in classes that meet their interests and goals and match their level of academic preparedness.
- All members of our campus community are entitled to learn and work in an environment that is free from physical, verbal, sexual, and/or emotional threat or harassment.
- Institutional effectiveness must be verified annually by using empirical data as demonstrated through each standing committee in the collegial consultation process.
- Students learn best on a campus that is student-centered and aesthetically pleasing.
- We must be responsible stewards of campus resources.
San Bernardino Valley College’s Institutional Guiding Principle: We are committed to quality and excellence in all of our efforts.
Our Strategic Initiatives are as follows:
- Increase Access
- Promote Student Success
- Improve Communication, Culture, and Climate
- Maintain Leadership and Promote Professional Development
- Effective Evaluation and Accountability
- Provide Exceptional Facilities