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At SFCC we center our work on providing students with opportunities and supports to achieve their educational goals and provide all students an excellent education that transforms their lives and expands their opportunities.

College Goals

All employees contribute to this mission in many different ways, but SFCC identified four main areas to follow as evidence that these combined efforts are effective. Two of our goals are milestones along the way to the end goal of students earning an award, whether a certificate or degree. These early milestones help the college understand where they can continuously improve.

Goal #1 Increase the completion of 30 college-level credits earned in the first year to 70% of award-seeking students and close the equity gap by end of Spring 2028.


Goal #2 Increase the completion of college-level math in the first year to 51% of award-seeking students and close the equity gap by end of Spring 2028.


The third goal (below) calls for completion of an award within 150% time. This is defined as 2 years for a one-year award or 3 years for a two-year award. This goal honors the known value to students, both in learning and economic benefits, of a college-level credential. While acknowledging that not all students intend to earn an award, SFCC thinks it is a meaningful indicator of the institution being effective in supporting students in meeting this critical educational goal.

Goal #3 Increase the 150% program completion rates for award-seeking students to 46% and close the equity gap by Spring 2028.


Within these three goals, we acknowledge the need to support all students while recognizing there have been historic, national trends that key population groups have been underserved by our institutions. After completing a gap analysis for various populations (first generation, Pell eligible, gender, historically institutional underserved race/ethnic identities, etc.), two populations that the data identified as populations that our institution have most dramatically underserved, were those of students who self-identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx or multi-racial including at least one of these two groups. SFCC believes the efforts made to close our success gaps for these populations will benefit all students, but that reporting on these two groups provides less complex indicators for evidence of institutional effectiveness. The gaps in outcomes which demonstrate our historical inability to equitably serve these groups are challenging to close, but SFCC has made a commitment to serve these students more  effectively. We do not consider our goals achieved until we achieve this.

Special Focus: Increase support for Indigenous students (students who self-identify as Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander).


Our fourth Special Focus goal is a bit different. SFCC selected it in acknowledgement that there is a key population within our community that the college is underserving. This goal is one of the many ways SFCC is operationalizing the CCS Native Land Acknowledgement.

Progress to College Goals

The dashboard below, provides a yearly snapshot of our progress on our college goals.

The data is updated annually from data provided by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. The data lags by a year due to allowing a full year for students to achieve the outcomes.

The college goal is shown as an orange line and the yearly percentage of students who achieve it by the blue line.

The single “Current Equity Gap” number is determined by using the highest percentage of achievement from the three groups and subtracting it from the lowest percentage of achievement for the three groups. For example, for the academic year of 2021-2022, the lowest percentage of achievement for goal #1 was 34% and the highest percentage was 50%.  That leaves a gap of -15 percentage points. (Note—50% from 34% is actually -16; the difference is due to rounding.)

Our College Goals Dashboard helps us see both where progress is being made but also where more time and effort is needed. SFCC’s commitment to a guided pathways approach with its student centered and holistic supports includes structural, programmatic, and communication changes that we believe in time will make the college more effective in fulfilling its mission to provide all students an excellent education that transforms their lives and expands their opportunities.

The SFCC website has been completely redesigned to guide students to a preferred Area of Study based on their interests. These What to Study webpages are the embodiment of Guided Pathways, representing a total shift from the old model that simply listed available credentials with links to the catalog. Each Area of Study page provides a holistic description of the selected pathway, including program overview, quarterly program maps, career and employment data, transfer information, learning outcomes, estimate of cost, and introductions to the program faculty and supporting staff members. Each page also has links to the catalog for those who prefer that model. Program level maps (example of Fine Arts options)