Vision, Values, Mission, Strategic Directions


Florida SouthWestern State College will be the catalyst for innovative education, which provides accessible pathways that prepare students to be enlightened and productive citizens.


We value student success, integrity, intellectual inquiry, and academic rigor.


The mission of Florida SouthWestern State College is to inspire learning; prepare a diverse population for creative and responsible participation in a global society; and serve as a leader for intellectual, economic, and cultural awareness in the community.

Strategic Directions

1. Expand educational access


  • Work with regional partners to expand access to FSW degree and certificate programs through college readiness programs, articulation agreements, and scholarships.
  • Create an intuitive and seamless enrollment pipeline and increase the percentage of high school graduates from our service district who apply and enroll.
  • Support students in goal identification and outline academic pathways to keep students on track to degree and certificate completion.

2. Advance a world-class educational experience


  • Develop relevant academic and co-curricular programming that develops students as well-rounded scholars and enlightened global citizens.
  • Support curricular and programmatic innovation to enhance the academic experience, facilitate transdisciplinary research and thinking, and engender student achievement.
  • Create robust student engagement programs that support student connections and engender intellectual, cultural, and civic awareness in the broader community.

3. Innovate online and distance education.


  • Engage in best practices to expand and innovate online and distance education to make learning accessible and responsive to global trends.
  • Identify and utilize innovative technologies across all programs to enhance student access, support, and achievement of learning objectives.
  • Provide enhanced professional development opportunities to support engagement with technologies that bolster academic achievement.

4. Prepare students for a globally competitive workforce


  • Respond to community needs for postsecondary academic education and career degree education by identifying, developing, and continually improving our workforce-related curriculum and the industry certification, college credit certificate, and degree options.
  • Develop and maintain relevant bachelor’s degrees and 2+2 articulation agreements to support baccalaureate attainment and promote employability of graduates.
  • Provide non-credit training opportunities to meet the needs of local businesses, establish internship opportunities, and provide articulation pathways into certificate and degree programs.

5. Create a Culture Focused on Inclusion and Continuous Improvement


  • Shape a secure environment through strategic facilities planning, campus safety initiatives, that support an inclusive campus community.
  • Promote a culture of mental, physical and social wellness through programs, auxiliary services, events, and activities.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development to create a positive, welcoming, and innovative environment that attracts a world-class faculty, staff, and administration focused on ensuring student success.