Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement

Borough of Manhattan Community College is a diverse teaching and learning community committed to advancing equity and the intellectual and personal growth of students. Working to strengthen a culture of care inside and outside the classroom, we share a passion for learning with students from around the world. We strive to increase degree completion, successful transfer, career achievement and service and leadership within our community, New York City, and beyond.

Vision Statement

BMCC will be nationally recognized for improving student learning and success, excellence in research and knowledge creation, and for advancing socioeconomic mobility through the transformative power of education. BMCC faculty and staff are committed to strengthening our culture of care, and take responsibility for creating the conditions under which all students can learn and all members of the BMCC community can thrive. Teaching and learning at BMCC, both inside and outside the classroom, is culturally responsive and sustaining, deeply engaging, and celebrates the rich diversity of experience and knowledge that the entire community brings to the College. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni share great pride for BMCC, and for our role in creating a better, more equitable New York City.


Belonging: Creating an environment in which all members feel welcome, that they are valued, and that they can succeed.

Community: Celebrating the uniqueness of individuals and groups; encouraging connection and participation; taking responsibility and caring for each other.

Equity: Working as an engine of upward social mobility to reduce barriers and improve academic, career and personal success for all, particularly for individuals and groups with less advantage.

Teaching and Learning: Creating exceptional teaching and learning environments inside and outside the classroom; valuing the experience and knowledge students bring to the classroom, and engaging them in the construction of knowledge.

Transformation: Promoting intellectual, socioeconomic, and personal growth of students and communities; empowering students to improve their lives and the lives of their families; advancing justice through education.

Strategic Priorities

  • Improve retention to double degree completion rates, and increase successful transfer and baccalaureate attainment;
  • Improve learning through culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy and support;
  • Expand career development leading to meaningful work with family-sustaining wages;
  • Achieve equity in these outcomes in a college community in which all members can thrive; and
  • Strengthen BMCC’s role in creating an equitably thriving NYC.