Our Mission

Objectives, Strategic Initiatives, and Indicators of Student Achievement

Mission Statement

The mission of Midstate College is to provide educational opportunities that emphasize skills and knowledge that will allow the student to adjust through a lifetime of social and technological change. We recognize that education is vital in developing skills needed for a productive society and essential in promoting the individua’s sense of worth, values, and high ethical standards. The College is committed to offering quality education that meets the needs of its students and assisting them in clarifying and pursuing their professional and educational goals.


In fulfilling the mission of Midstate College, the institution sets forth the following objectives which reflect the overall goals of the College:

  1. To provide a varied selection of academic curricula in business and specialized areas enriched with instruction in general education.
  2. To provide the students with a background of job skills which will enhance their employability.
  3. To provide the students with basic skills which contribute to success in their careers and in their private lives.
  4. To lead the student in the self-discovery process of clarifying and raising the individual’s goals and achievements commensurate with the student’s potential.
  5. To provide a framework and atmosphere of learning which will enhance the student’s capability to demonstrate ethical and moral values in professional, personal, and business situations.
  6. To strive for and maintain excellence in business, specialized, and general education by systematically reviewing classroom facilities, equipment, curricula, faculty, and staff.
  7. To make available to our students activities and experiences which foster personal growth and leadership qualities that will assist students in their social, vocational, and academic pursuits.
  8. To provide placement assistance for graduates and students through individual counseling.
  9. To maintain a process of communication with the community of employers to assure relevant curricula to meet the developing needs of the economic community.


Midstate College was established as Brown’s Business College in 1888 to train Civil War veterans in business and to assist them in becoming successful in their civilian life. The students’ well-being, both in their personal lives and in their chosen careers, was the foundation of existence for this institution. Our achievement in providing the basis for fulfilling these students’ needs over the years has been the predominant factor in the longevity of the College. Today’s Midstate College is a greatly expanded version of its 1888 predecessor. Midstate College has developed a variety of curricula, accreditations, and other improvements to better meet the needs of our students and community. To enhance the individual’s feeling of self-worth and dignity through education is the major premise of our existence. The continual development of graduates who are successful in their work and their personal lives will serve as our challenge for the foreseeable future. We accept our responsibility with pride.

Code of Ethics

We value responsible, accountable, ethical behavior in an atmosphere of honest, open communication with mutual respect and caring for each other.
We value creative risk-taking and enthusiastic pursuit of new ideas.
Continuous Improvement
We value continuous improvement of our programs, services, and processes through employee empowerment and professional development in a team-based culture.
Customer Focus
We value commitment to student success and satisfaction by responding to customer needs.
We value an educational environment that attracts, nurtures, and supports a diverse student and staff community.

Strategic Initiatives 2012-2017

Develop New Academic Programs and Accreditations
  • Complete approvals and offer the BA in Law and Social Justice
  • Develop and gain approval to offer the MBA
  • Add one distinctive academic program annually
  • Develop additional operating space
Sustain a Culture of Academic Quality Improvement
  • Implement New Academic Program Review Cycle
  • Institute Faculty Growth and Development Plan
  • Improve Data Systems and Measuring Effectiveness (Phase 1)
  • Develop Institutional Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Revise Academic Records
  • Implement Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Program
Cultivate and Support Student Success and Retention
  • Monitor and Improve Student Retention Rate and Grad Rate
  • Build student transfer center
Foster Alternative Revenue Sources
  • Establish Bunch Educational Foundation
  • Build robust non-academic offerings
Enhance Online Presence
  • Launch mobile website
  • Revamp midstate.edu
  • Increase marketing initiatives for online programs
  • Roll-out online Degree Progress Audits
  • Offer online bookstore
  • Improve online student services: Gateway
Deliver an Effective Operating Environment
  • Integrate ‘Measuring Effectiveness’ throughout the organization
  • Revise evaluation and reward system
  • Strengthen financial management

Indicators of Student Achievement

In 2014, Midstate College established Key Performance Indicators (KPI). A dashboard of the Key Performance Indicators was established with metrics that are considered crucial toward achieving the mission of the college. This information is updated annually with the catalog. The calculation methodology was revised for the 2015-2016 and subsequent academic years.

Midstate College Student Achievement Dashboard
KPI 2010–2011 2011–2012 2012–2013 2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017
Retention Rate 60.2% 64.7% 57.7% 60.7% 59.7% 66.5% 68.3%
Graduation Rate 39.5% 37.3% 42.8% 38.3% 51.1% 41.7% 39.0%
Job Placement Rate 93.1% 92.6% 91.6% 96.0% 94.0% 93.0%
Annual Headcount 995 864 815 761 707 646 548
Completion Rate 78.8% 79.1% 74.9% 75.8% 74.5% 81.7% 79.0%
Student Satisfaction (5 point scale) 4.40 4.46 4.43 4.40 4.41 4.47 4.47
Graduate Satisfaction (4 point scale) 3.57 3.56 3.68 3.64 3.53 3.59 3.33
Default Rate (3 year) 17.4%** 7.4%** 4.3%** 8.2% 6.9% 7.8% 5.0%*
Fiscal Reporting (90/10) 82.7% 86.9% 85.2% 82.6% 83.7%
Persistence Rate 71.5% 71.8% 69.5% 63.6% 66.2% 77.3% 76.3%

* This is the draft rate. The final rate is expected at the end of September.
** The Department of Education published a 2 year default rate for these years.