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Mission, Vision and Values

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Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement

As a South King County college striving for social justice, Highline College partners with global students as they envision, plan and achieve their educational and professional goals.  Adopted October 2022.


Highline College creates anti-racist, equitable pathways in higher education to close opportunity gaps experienced by our students. We support employees to foster the conditions for student and workplace equity. We accept people as they are and honor the life experience they bring. We are cultivating a collaborative learning community that centers the well-being of the whole person and provides a sense of belonging. We highly regard the families and support systems that enable our success and acknowledge that by working together we are limitless.


Highline College seeks to live out these values in everyday practice:

  • Accessibility
  • Accountability
  • Cultural Responsiveness and Agency
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equity-First Focus
  • Life-Long Learning
  • Partnership with local and global communities
  • Respect
  • Social Justice
  • Student-Centered Approaches
  • Transparency

Strategic Goals

  1. Access – Increase equitable and representative access to postsecondary educational and career opportunities that lead to social and economic mobility in Highline’s service area.
  2. Learning – Increase equitable learning, retention, completion and transfer rates, and improve labor market outcomes using evidence-based innovation and high-impact practices in and out of the classroom.
  3. Community – Increase breadth and depths of partnerships with K-12, other postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, employers and government that align with Highline’s strategic priorities and contribute to economic and social vibrancy of communities it serves.
  4. Culture & Capacity – Create capacity for meaningful strategic planning and institutional transformation through intentional development of employees, facilities, and systems that support student success and close equity gaps.

For more information, please visit the Accreditation website.

Strategic Plan

Please view our strategic plan.