Mission, Vision, Core Values, Strategic Goals, Ethics Statement and ISLOs

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 access to equity- centered, quality, innovative educational programs and support services. Committed to a culture of anti-racism, we create dynamic communities of respect and inquiry which encourage student success and lifelong learning while fostering the sustainable economic, social, and cultural development of our students and region.


Fresno City College aspires to build upon our equity-centered mission and further our commitment to normalize a culture of racial equity and anti-racism. As a community of educators and learners, we will use our individual and collective positions of influence, power, and privilege to foster a community of belonging, affirmation, and validation. We will courageously join as faculty, staff, and students in upholding our core values to transform lives in the Central Valley and beyond.

Core Values

Equity-Mindedness: We call attention to patterns of inequity in student outcomes and take personal and institutional responsibility for the success of our students. We critically reassess our own practices, are race-conscious, and aware of the social and historical context of exclusionary practices in American Higher Education.

Social Justice: We are focused on removing institutional barriers, taking responsibility for and mitigating systemic barriers. We are invested in validating our students’ lived experiences through examining qualitative and quantitative data which enhances our understanding of intersectionality. This builds a foundation of data-driven solutions and responses to systemic issues.

Sustainable Social and Economic Mobility: We commit to breaking extractive, exploitative, and racist systems and practices. Servimos y empoderamos (we serve and empower) marginalized and racially-minoritized individuals, communities, and histories. With invested community partners, we build programs which foster trans- generational economic growth and prosperity.

Approved by Classified Senate 9/15/21, Academic Senate 9/8/21, ASG 9/21/21, Management Council 10/20/21, SCCCD Board of Trustees 1/11/2022.

2022-2026 Strategic Goals

Goal 1: Start Strong

The college is committed to using principles of equity-mindedness, anti-racism, diversity and inclusion to clarify the path to ensure students understand their educational goals.

1. Increase enrollment of marginalized groups by 5% annually with a special focus on men of color.
2. Increase percentage of African American students who successfully complete their first semester by 3% annually.
3. Increase completion of both transfer level math and English in their first year to 25%

Goal 2: Stay Strong
The college is committed to sustaining a welcoming, affirming, validating and belonging environment for students, with a heightened focus on racially-minoritized and marginalized populations to ensure they stay on the path to reach their educational goals in a timely manner.

1. Increase enrollment by 30% in courses that support student engagement through civic, social, global, and cultural activities (e.g., ethnic studies, cooperative work experiences, etc.).
2. Increase student voice by providing multiple opportunities for input and feedback in relevant decision-making processes.
3. Increase internship opportunities, particularly to non-profits and community- based organizations (CBOs) which serve underrepresented communities.
4. Increase fall to fall persistence of first-time students by 10%.

Goal 3: Finish Strong
The college is committed to providing students with the connections and opportunities to achieve their educational goals and advance the economic, social, and cultural development of our students and region.

1. Decrease average number of units accumulated by all associate degree earners to 79.
2. Increase number of students transferred to a four-year institution to 3,183.
3. Increase the percentage of CTE students who are employed in a job closely related to their field of study to 76%.

Goal 4: Serve Strong
The college is committed to supporting and empowering classified professionals, administration, and faculty to thrive in their abilities to actualize the Goals, Mission, Vision, and Values.

1. Develop an outcomes assessment plan that is equity centered, to be implemented by spring 2023, and ensure participation for part-time faculty.
2. Provide professional development and learning opportunities on facilitating principles of inclusion, belonging, and empowerment with classified professionals, faculty, and administrators.
3. Continue to grow the New Employee Equity Academy and Ram Racial Equity Labs (RamREL).

Goal 5: Sustainability
The college is committed to implementing campus-wide sustainability efforts, including collaborating with District Facilities Management, Fresno County Economic Commission and student groups to organize and support various environmental sustainability initiatives and projects.

1. Educate students, staff, faculty and community members about the importance of sustainable practice.
2. Reduce vehicle emissions throughout campus
3. Increase operational efficiency, including waste minimization and the conservation of energy and resources

Goal 6: Resources
The college is committed to intentional resource allocation for human, financial, physical, and technological resources that provides support for students and eliminating racial equity gaps.

1. Invest all restricted and unrestricted financial resources to meet collegewide strategic planning goals and support elimination of equity gaps.
2. Prioritize human resources using data analysis with a focus on improving diversity and supporting an inclusive culture promoting an equitable student experience.
3. Integrate physical and technological resources in the college resource allocation model, which includes the total cost of ownership.

Approved by Classified Senate 11/23/21, Academic Senate 11/17/21, ASG 11/16/21, Management Council 11/17/21, SCCCD Board of Trustees 1/11/2022.


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.


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.