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Mission Statement

Statement of Mission

Motlow State Community College is a public, multi-campus college offering certificates, associate degrees, and flexible learning pathways for early transfer, college preparation, and workforce training. Students are prepared for employment, career advancement, and a four-year college or university transfer. The College serves an eleven-county area comprised of full-time, part-time, traditional, and non-traditional age students from diverse socio-economic populations with disparate educational and cultural backgrounds. The College offers high quality accredited academic programs and various support services emphasizing and promoting student success.

Mission Statement

Motlow State Community College, an institution governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents in the College System of Tennessee, is a public, comprehensive, two-year, open-access college founded in 1969. The college awards the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Science in Teaching degrees as well as certificates.

Motlow State strives to develop the cultural, intellectual, and career opportunities of the people in its Southern Middle Tennessee eleven-county service area, which includes Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Franklin, Lincoln, Moore, Rutherford, Van Buren, Warren and White Counties. The College is committed to cultivating a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. The College supports diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing a broad spectrum of services to respond to various needs in the learning process and educational opportunities from developmental to advanced programs.

Motlow State is a multi-location community college providing:

  • degree programs designed for transfer to other colleges and universities;
  • degree and non-degree programs designed to develop immediate job readiness skills and competencies; and
  • public service, lifelong learning, and workforce development programs to promote personal enrichment and economic and community development.

To establish a firm foundation for learning, the College requires a strong core curriculum in degree programs complemented by cultural, scientific, social, and community service activities. Motlow State provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary Honors Scholar Program that encourages students to pursue their own academic interests and give back through service to the community. The versatile curriculum, qualified faculty and staff, and related resources, strengthened by innovative technologies, prepare students for success in the global community. Through a continuous cycle of planning, evaluation, and improvement, Motlow State is dedicated to promoting institutional effectiveness by supporting the college’s initiatives. 

Motlow State encourages student success through critical thinking, clear communication, ethical behavior, respect for others, civic responsibility, problem-solving, professional discourse during individual and team situations, and an appreciation of one's own heritage as well as those of others. Motlow State promotes and maintains alliances with businesses, industries, government agencies, and other educational institutions to enhance programs and services.

Motlow State is dedicated to empowering its students and enriching the relationships with the community it serves. Motlow State is committed to promoting diversity and access to educational opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Vision Statement

To be the area's recognized center for life-long learning and growth opportunities.

Guiding Principles

  • Motlow State is committed to student learning as our primary focus.
  • Motlow State is committed to excellence, creativity, trust, respect, diversity, teamwork, integrity, knowledge, honesty, civility, and the free exchange of ideas.
  • Motlow State is committed to continuous improvement, institutional effectiveness, and efficiency.
  • Motlow State is committed to our stakeholders and the total development of individuals and their quality of life; we strive to enhance student competencies and further our service area's cultural development.
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