College Catalog

About Hudson Valley Community College

Statement of Commitment
Hudson Valley Community College is committed to providing caring, personal, high-quality service at a reasonable cost to support students’ success in reaching and raising their goals.

Mission Statement

Hudson Valley Community College’s mission is to provide dynamic, student-centered, comprehensive, and accessible educational opportunities that address the diverse needs of the community.

Historical Preamble
The college was created to respond to the needs of Rensselaer County and other nearby counties following World War II, and after the closing of the Veteran’s Vocational School in 1953. At first, the college’s programs were largely technical, but by 1960 the first science, business, and liberal arts programs were added. In the decades since, the college has steadily increased its offerings, both in degree and certificate programs, so that it is now comprehensive in its majors and mission.

Since its inception in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College has been sponsored by Rensselaer County under the supervision of the State University of New York. As one of the 30 community colleges in the state, all of its programs are registered and approved by the New York State Department of Education* with the authority to award certificates and associate’s degrees in arts, science, applied science, and occupational studies.

Hudson Valley Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. Many of the college's academic programs also are accredited by specialized national professional accrediting associations.

In 1966, the college began administering the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center to better serve the needs of the community.

* New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education and the Profession’s Cultural Education Center, Room 5B28, Albany, NY 12230, (518) 474-5851

Goals and Objectives

  1. To enhance and promote excellence in teaching and learning
  2. 1.1 To support faculty with the necessary resources for professional and personal development.
    1.2 To provide the necessary resources to meet the dynamic learning and developmental needs of our students.
    1.3 To develop, encourage and support effective and innovative teaching and learning environments and approaches that will assist the college in adapting to changing student academic needs.
    1.4 To increase and strengthen transfer opportunities with educational institutions and affiliations with educational partnerships.
    1.5 To explore all new educational delivery and related administrative systems.
    1.6 To assess effectiveness in the teaching and learning environment.
    1.7 To ensure that the goals and standards of the college's academic programs are achieved.
    1.8 To promote the maximum achievable graduation rate for students.
    1.9 To provide and maintain an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.
    1.10 To develop new academic programs, new certificate programs, and/or new courses; and/or to revise current academic programs, certificate programs, and/or courses in response to identified needs.

  3. To develop and support a student centered collegial environment.
  4. 2.1 To promote and provide friendly, informative and supportive services for students.
    2.2 To create opportunities for student engagement and learning outside the classroom.
    2.3 To develop a systematic and integrated approach to student persistence and success.
    2.4 To maintain and enhance a comprehensive enrollment management system to achieve and maintain effective recruitment and retention of students.
    2.5 To provide effective academic advising for all students.
    2.6 To develop and maintain a comprehensive scheduling system and course schedule that is driven by student needs.
    2.7 To increase awareness of student support services, policies and campus events.
    2.8 To foster and promote student responsibility and involvement in his/her education.
    2.9 To promote safety and civility within the college community.

  5. To promote the integration of pluralism within the college community.
  6. 3.1 To develop and promote institutional programs and processes that embrace diversity.
    3.2 To promote affirmative action and equal employment opportunities to increase the number of faculty and staff members from under-represented groups.
    3.3 To increase the recruitment, retention, success and transfer of students from under-represented groups.

  7. To create and sustain a technological environment that is supportive of academic and administrative needs.
  8. 4.1 To provide for continuous review and upgrading of technology as it serves academic and administrative applications.
    4.2 To promote computer competency for students, faculty and staff.
    4.3 To maintain an administrative information system that is useful, integrated and user friendly.
    4.4 To provide a supportive environment for the development and implementation of distance learning opportunities.
    4.5 To continue to sustain a secure and scalable technological environment that is supportive of academic and administrative needs.
    4.6 To ensure data accuracy and integrity, and safeguard college's academic and administrative records.
    4.7 To develop and maintain an effective IT workforce to ensure the college's business continuity.
    4.8 To provide information storage redundancy and backup services to ensure disaster recovery.

  9. To maintain and improve administrative services.
  10. 5.1 To maintain and regularly assess the college's institutional planning process.
    5.2 To regularly assess the effectiveness of all areas under administrative services.
    5.3 To promote communication, cooperation and shared decision making among administrative and academic departments.
    5.4 To ensure fair and equitable performance evaluation, promotion and compensation systems for all faculty and staff.
    5.5 To support the staff with the necessary resources for professional and personal development.
    5.6 To promote a non-adversarial and collaborative approach to the bargaining process.
    5.7 To provide a clean, safe and accessible environment which meets the needs of students, faculty, and staff.
    5.8 To promote fiscal responsibility and accountability.

  11. To develop and foster beneficial relationships with the community.
  12. 6.1 To enrich and increase administrative and academic partnerships with businesses and the community.
    6.2 To promote and support departmental and college efforts that generate external revenue.
    6.3 To promote the college as an exemplary educational institution through an institution-wide marketing focus, as well as a specific focus on the unique merits of each of its programs.
    6.4 To promote a spirit of community service among students, faculty and staff.
    6.5 To serve as a cultural, community, and civic resource for internal and external communities through both curricular and non-curricular programs and activities.
    6.6 To cultivate relationships with external funding sources and actively pursue financial support for programming, goods and services not supported by the college budget.

Community Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Hudson Valley Community College serves residents of the Capital Region and other areas in appropriate and diverse ways, striving always to improve their quality of life by offering affordable education, training and service. As a full-opportunity college dedicated to teaching and learning, Hudson Valley Community College makes it possible for every applicant to pursue an appropriate program of study. In the spirit of its mission, the Community Bill of Rights and Responsibilities states that:

All members of the college community have the right and responsibility to work and learn in a collegial setting:

  • Where all members of the college community are treated with courtesy and respect;
  • That has clear ethics and conduct codes with fair and consistently enforced consequences for non-compliance;
  • That is safe, orderly and drug free;
  • That has clearly stated, high academic standards and the instructional materials and equipment necessary to implement rigorous academic programs; and
  • Where the college’s mission statement drives all academic and administrative operations and functions.