A. Student Success
SSC is committed to helping students reach their educational goals. To this end, the impact on students will be the first and foremost consideration in the establishment of institutional policies, procedures, programs and services. Most importantly, the college will foster a learning environment that values and nurtures the process of students working toward self-chosen personal and academic goals.
B. Universal Access
SSC will make its programs and services broadly accessible to students of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
C. Extensive and Effective Collaboration
SSC will encourage and implement working partnerships with other agencies or firms to enhance the quantity and quality of services provided.
D. Instructional Innovation.
SSC will use technology and diverse teaching methodologies to affect greater quality and efficiency in the delivery of educational programs and services.
E. Quality over Quantity
SSC will dedicate its limited resources only to high quality programs and services.
Seminole State College, established in 1931 as Seminole Junior College, is located in the east central portion of the state in Seminole, Oklahoma, a designated All-American City with a population of approximately 7,500.
Originally organized as an extension of the local high school, classes were held at Seminole High School and taught by high school faculty until 1969. In that year, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recommended the development of a state-supported junior college which would be separate from the local high school.
Responding to the challenge, Seminole citizens worked with state and local leaders to develop Seminole Junior College. Dr. Elmer Tanner was employed as the college’s first president, and classes were offered at the First Presbyterian Church in Seminole.
The community continued its support for the new college by approving a $250,000 bond issue, by an 8 to 1 margin, for construction of a college administration and classroom building and by donating forty acres for a new campus. In March 1971, the citizens of Seminole approved a one-cent sales tax to help support the college until 1975, when SJC became a fully state-supported institution. At the time, Seminole was the only community in the state of Oklahoma to ever impose a sales tax on itself for the support of a college.
In the spring of 1996, the Seminole Junior College Board of Regents passed a resolution requesting that the Oklahoma legislature and the Governor change the name of the institution to better reflect its institutional mission. The Oklahoma legislature and Governor Frank Keating approved the change of name to Seminole State College in May, 1996.
In addition to Dr. Tanner, the college has been led by three other presidents. Gregory Fitch served from 1982 to 1987, and Dr. Jim Cook served from 1987 to 1996. In January of 1997, Dr. James W. Utterback became chief executive officer of Seminole State College.
Seminole State College seeks to be an institution of unparalleled excellence, regarded by both internal and external constituents as a college whose quality is second-to-none, where employees and regents make a continual effort to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our community and our clients.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have authorized SSC to provide the following types of learning experiences and services to meet its mission: