COS Vision Statement

The entire College of the Sequoias community works in an environment of mutual respect to realize the following vision:
  1. COS students achieve their full educational potential. The college strives to provide an educational pathway for every student with regard to background, disability, location, culture, learning modality, and preconceived time frames.

  2. COS promotes an environment that creates a positive attitude among COS employees that carries over to the students and into the community.

  3. COS is a community leader whose contributions positively impact the lives of the population it serves.

  4. Educational programs at COS are aligned to meet the constantly emerging economic and workforce development needs of the community through partnerships with business, government, industry and labor.

 COS Board Priorities

  1. Accelerate efforts to achieve official Center Status for COS Hanford Educational Center in 2015 with regular progress reports to the Board. Est. 2010, updated 2014.

  2. Continue efforts to strengthen the COS Agriculture program and fulfill the agreement for the Tulare JUHSD Agriculture program to have a presence on the COS Tulare Center campus. Est. 2012, updated 2014.

  3. Ensure fiscal stability and strive to achieve an 8% General Fund reserve over the next three years (2013-2016). Est. 2012, updated 2014.

  4. Continue Board involvement in preserving District solvency through regularly scheduled representative participation in the Board Budget Sub-Committee and ongoing Reports to the Board on the COS Fiscal Plan (FP). Est. 2012, updated 2014.
    a.  Present specific fiscal plans during spring/summer 2014, to be authorized via Board Resolutions        to accomplish the following Board-desired actions:
    1. Retire debt from the Bond Anticipation Notes acquired to complete Measure J construction of the COS Tulare College Center.
    2. Remove the Mold from the Live Oak Building on the Visalia Campus. Future use of the building is not determined at this time.
    3. Propose purchase of the TCOVE Center to maintain current COS Career Technical courses and contract education programs being conducted.

  5. Collaborate with City of Visalia officials to review entire area surrounding COS Visalia campus. Develop proposals for Board consideration to maximize use of the Mooney parking lot across from the Visalia campus and present options for Board consideration in 2014-15. Est. 2012, updated 2014.

  6. Increase strategies to promote College of the Sequoias educational programs/opportunities to K-12 districts and high schools throughout our district and conduct an annual Report to the Board. Est. 2013, updated 2014.

  7. Continue to re-create and implement a viable Summer School program as an essential supplement to the traditional academic year for students. Est. 2013, updated 2014.

  8. Continue to strengthen to the Board’s understanding of roles/responsibilities in COS Governance & Decision-making. Est. 2014
    1. ​Board must hold all parties accountable for successful participatory governance.
    2. Board will adjust participatory governance process as appropriate to strengthen effectiveness.

  9. Implement the practice of annual Reports to the Board on progress toward desired outcomes for student success and achievement, institutional program review and participation in process for student learning outcomes, as set forth in the COS Integrated Planning Manual. Est. 2013, updated 2014.

  10. Board will assure that the Annual College Report on the Master Plan illustrates student success data connected directly to District Objectives. Est. 2014.

  11. Work diligently through the due process of collective bargaining and labor relation laws, to achieve employee contract agreements that are mutually beneficial for employees, students, the District and that serve the overall best interest of our COS Vision and College community. Est. 2013, update 2014.​
Last Updated: 3/12/2014 3:28 PM