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Our Mission


We aspire to be the college where every student succeeds.


The Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment.


Respect, Collaboration, Quality, Access, Diversity, Inclusion


  • Goal 1: Increase student retention, completion, transfer, and employment.
  • Goal 2: Improve student learning through instructional and non-instructional efforts and assessment.
  • Goal 3: Optimize enrollment.
  • Goal 4: Optimize fiscal, technological, and physical resources.
  • Goal 5: Increase community partnerships, engagement, and service.
  • Goal 6: Diversify and strengthen human resources.

Community College of Aurora Strategic Plan

Lifelong Skills

All students at CCA are expected to develop competence in our 6 life-long skills in addition to competence in occupational and discipline knowledge. The Life-Long Skills are: Written and Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning, Technology, Aesthetics and Personal Responsibility. These skills are the foundation of students’ education at Community College of Aurora. Students develop competence in one or more of these skills in all of their classes at CCA.


On completion of their course of studies, students will be able to effectively express, impart or exchange feelings, thoughts, opinions and information both orally and in writing. The successful student will be able to:

  • Construct effective written and oral communications using content, organization and delivery techniques that convey accurate, concise and complete information appropriate to topic, audience, occasion and purpose.
  • Adapt listening behaviors to accommodate the listening situation and offer appropriate and effective feedback.
  • Create written communications using grammar, sentence structure, mechanics (i.e. capitalization, punctuation), spelling skills and content appropriate to defined standards or criteria.

Critical Inquiry

Upon completion of their course of studies, students will be able to examine and utilize reasoning strategies in order to select, apply and evaluate evidence in multi-disciplines. The successful student will be able to:

  • Formulate solutions to problems by separating information into component parts, determining the relevancy of data, evaluating facts and inferences and recognizing logical fallacies in reasoning.
  • Evaluate alternative viewpoints, arguments, belief systems, and the like in order to analyze the divergent views of others and to interpret behaviors without making stereotypical or prejudicial judgments

Personal and Social Responsibility

On completion of their course of studies, students will be able to work independently or cooperatively in a group setting on situations and issues that affect the common welfare and one's own welfare in relationship to others. The successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, manage, and successfully complete a variety of tasks and projects within defined time lines.
  • Analyze and accept responsibility for personal behaviors and interactions that reflect individual and societal ethical standards and values.
  • Determine appropriate ways to work respectfully in both leadership and supporting roles with people of various capabilities and orientations in order to appreciate the integrity and uniqueness of interactions among diverse social and cultural groups

Quantitative Reasoning

On completion of their course of studies, students will be able to perform a variety of mathematical operations and to reason and draw conclusions from numerical information by:

  • Illustrating basic mathematical functions i.e. addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; estimating and judging the reasonableness of numerical results; and thinking proportionally.
  • Translating problem situations into symbolic representations and using symbolic representations to solve problems.
  • Interpreting and applying statistical information in various forms, e.g. charts, graphs.


On completion of their course of studies, students will be able to make use of various technology-based applications by:

  • Constructing products that demonstrate competency in the operation of applicable equipment and/or programs.
  • Investigating and using technology to access information and to assess its reliability.
  • Utilizing technology to complete various tasks applicable to lifelong skills of communication, critical inquiry, and/or quantitative reasoning.

(Creativity and Appreciation of Imaginative Works):

Upon completion of their course of studies, students will be able to identify characteristics of and to judge qualitatively original, expressive work by:

  • Identifying and applying internal criteria and/or external standards.
  • Articulating the value of a work.
  • Examining the impact of historical or current events on expressions of ideas and theories and judging the adequacy with which conclusions are supported by data.
  • Developing personal creativity through the experience of designing or modifying a work (e.g. writing a creative story, constructing an experiment, formulating a scheme for classifying objects).


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