Core Values
Core Values (in no priority order)

  • Community college boards should seek to deliver educational services that encourage economic development, while maintaining the comprehensive nature of the public community colleges in New York.
  • Public community colleges should remain locally governed by boards of trustees who are appointed by either the Governor or Sponsor and funded from three primary sources: state revenue, local tax revenue and tuition. Trustees should delegate administrative responsibilities to the President while reserving for their boards the task of deciding the ends or aims of the college.
  • Community college boards should systematically and continuously assess local education needs and ensure access higher education.
  • Recognizing that trusteeship is an art and a science, each board should participate in continual NYCCT education activities in order to enhance their skills.
  • Trustees should be involved in representing college' needs and achievements to elected officials, especially local and state lawmakers.
  • The boards have a responsibility to be careful stewards of the tax and tuition dollars which support the institutions.

This website is sponsored by the NYCCT Educational Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports the educational work of New York Community College Trustees.  NYCCT is open to all community colleges in New York State.  The association promotes trustee professionalism and leadership, and the community college model.  

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