Vision, Values, Mission, Strategic Directions


Florida SouthWestern State College will be a catalyst for educational success by providing innovative open-door pathways that prepare students to be knowledgeable, skilled and productive members of their communities.


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


The mission of Florida SouthWestern State College is to provide affordable and exceptional academic, cultural and workforce opportunities in a supportive environment that productively transforms the lives of our students and enhances the economic vitality of the communities we serve.

Strategic Directions

1. Expand educational access


  • Work with regional partners to expand enrollment access to FSW degree and certificate programs through quality on-going avenues of communication, college readiness programs, articulation agreements and scholarships.
  • Create a data-informed and seamless enrollment pipeline and increase the percentage of high school graduates from our service area 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


  • Create and enhance relevant academic and co-curricular programming that develops individuals as well-rounded scholars and educated citizens.
  • Support curricular and programmatic innovation to enhance the academic experience, facilitate transdisciplinary research and thinking, and advance student achievement.
  • Create robust student engagement programs that support student connections and promote intellectual, cultural, and civic awareness in the broader community.
  • Promote a culture of mental, physical and social wellness through student activities programs and events.

3. Innovate classroom and distance education delivery methods to support optimal learning experiences.


  • Engage in best practices to expand educational delivery techniques and skills to make learning broadly accessible, and responsive to best practices in higher education.
  • Identify and utilize innovative technologies and learning strategies across all educational programs to enhance academic support, and achievement of learning objectives.
  • Provide on-going professional development opportunities to promote engagement with technologies and teaching techniques that bolster academic achievement.

4. Prepare students for a competitive, skilled workforce


  • Respond to community needs for postsecondary academic education and career degree education by identifying, developing, and appropriately expanding our workforce-related curriculum and industry certification, college credit certificate, and degree options.
  • Develop and maintain relevant associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificates as well as articulation agreements to provide opportunities for comprehensive credential attainment that promotes employability of graduates.
  • Provide non-credit training opportunities and experiences to meet the needs of local businesses, establish internship/apprenticeship opportunities, and provide articulation bridge pathways into high demand certificate and degree programs.

5. Create a Culture Focused on Continuous Improvement


  • Shape a secure and welcoming environment through strategic facilities planning, innovative technology and by maintaining a safe campus environment.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development to create a positive, welcoming and responsive college climate that attracts a world-class faculty, staff and administration focused on ensuring student success.
  • Provide support for emerging technologies that enhance learning opportunities and the timely delivery of services to all internal and external constituents.
  • Develop self-supporting community education programs that highlight FSW’s comprehensive outreach and meet a broad range of interests/needs within our community.