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Highland Community College began as Highland University in 1858, making it the first college in Kansas. After eight name changes, the College continues to provide higher education opportunities to the people of Northeast Kansas in a small rural setting. The College has traditionally prepared students to continue their studies at baccalaureate institutions. Studies conducted at the Regents universities in Kansas show that students who begin their college careers at HCC and then transfer do as well or better academically than all other students who transfer to those universities and those who start there. In July of 2008, the region’s technical college merged with the College, allowing HCC to expand its educational services to the nine county service area in Northeast Kansas.
Governance The College is governed by a six-member Board of Trustees comprised of residents of Doniphan County, the location of the original campus, who are elected for four-year terms. Three members are up for re-election every two years. On the state level, HCC is coordinated by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR), which governs the state’s six universities. KBOR was reconstituted by legislative action in 1999 to include coordination of the state’s 19 community colleges and 12 technical schools. Prior to 1999, Kansas community colleges and technical schools were under the auspices of the State Board of Education, which governs the state’s K-12 system. The 1999 change was designed to implement a seamless system of higher education in the state.
Mission The initial appraisal of our first accreditation portfolio resulted in a yearlong strategic planning process. That experience provided the opportunity for the Board of Trustees to revisit and refine the Mission Statement it adopted in 1997. New Mission and Vision Statements were adopted in August of 2009.
HCC, the first college in Kansas, provides lifelong learning opportunities and contributes to economic development to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Highland Community College is recognized as the college of choice in Northeast Kansas.