Mission, Vision, Core Values and Ethics Statement

Welcome to Fresno City College. The college was established in 1910 and has a rich and diverse history. We welcome you to tour the campus and see the historic buildings, fountains and mature landscape.

Fresno City College is a comprehensive learning community offering innovative instructional programs in anticipation of and responsive to the lifelong learning needs of our diverse population. The College provides a wide variety of supportive services to assist our students in achieving their educational goals.

We are dedicated to working collaboratively with our community to enhance the economic and social development of the region.


As California’s first community college, Fresno City College provides quality, innovative educational programs and support services directed toward the enhancement of student success, lifelong learning and the economic, social, and cultural development of our students and region. 


As educational leaders in the community, Fresno City College faculty, staff and students will engage in a partnership to transform lives through education. 

Core Values


  • We are committed to sharing and exploring new ideas through collaboration, respect for diversity, promoting equity, and professional development. 


  • We are leaders in our community, dedicated to behaving ethically, committed to open communication, and good stewards of our resources. 


  • We champion excellence, quality, celebrating individual differences, and providing a positive and supportive environment for all. 



Ethics Statement

The principles and values of the Fresno City College Code of Ethics and Excellence guide the faculty, students, and staff in the achievement of a profound appreciation of and respect for the dignity and worth of each member of our community of learners in responding to the trust conferred on the college by the public. We are guided by the standards and principles established by our respective professional associations and organizations in our effort to create an ethical college community. 


  • In our relationships with each other, we will be fair and just in our decisions and actions by carefully weighing the circumstances in an equitable manner. 


  • We adhere to standard conventions of civility and regard of others. We achieve an open working and learning environment when each community member feels secure enough to participate in the free exchange of ideas. We ensure an honest and supportive climate which serves the interests of the institution and protects the well-being of all individuals.


  • In order to support excellence in learning, we will act in the college’s best interests. As a community dedicated to providing education, we demonstrate professional integrity and exemplary behavior in all that we do. 


  • We demonstrate a high regard for the rights, diverse opinions, and life styles of all community members. It is our responsibility to establish a climate of mutual respect to protect the rights and freedoms of others. 


  • The development of trust relies on our ability to treat others equitably in a non-exploitive manner.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes


Students will demonstrate effective communication and comprehension skills.

  • Comprehend, analyze, and respond appropriately to oral, written, and visual information.
  • Effectively communicate information through speaking, writing, and other appropriate modes of expression.

Critical Thinking and Information Competency

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in problem solving across disciplines and in daily life.

  • Identify vital questions, problems, or issues and evaluate the reasonableness of a solution.
  • Analyze, assess, and evaluate the validity of an argument.
  • Analyze multiple representations of quantitative information, including graphic, formulaic, numeric, and verbal.
  • Select and evaluate the accuracy, credibility, and relevance of information sources.

Community and Global Awareness and Responsibility

Students will demonstrate knowledge of social, cultural, environmental, and aesthetic perspectives.

  • Examine individual and group responsibilities in society.
  • Participate in active citizenship.

Personal, Academic, and Career Development

Students will assess their own skills and abilities to develop personal, educational, and career goals; work independently and in group settings; and identify lifestyle choices that promote self reliance, financial literacy, and physical, mental, and social health.

  • Assume personal responsibility for identifying academic and psychological-social needs, determining resources, and accessing appropriate services.
  • Evaluate progress towards achieving personal goals, academic goals, career goals, and career resilience.