Mission, Vision, and Institutional Learning Outcomes


Lake Erie College provides an excellent, inclusive, and highly personalized education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Guided by hope and care, our students are empowered to lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens.


Lake Erie College will empower students by successfully integrating the following elements into the learning experience:

  • Self-discovery,
  • The development of strong personal attributes,
  • Creative problem solving, and
  • The balance of personal and professional goals with the needs of others.

The College is committed to being mission-driven, fostering strong partnerships and collaboration in the region, service to the community, embracing diversity and inclusion, and helping students successfully reach their academic goals.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

Guided by our institutional mission and vision, the broad learning outcomes are intended to provide a framework for the collegiate experience at Lake Erie College and are attributes, skills, abilities, and attitudes that students are expected to develop and obtain during their learning experience.

As a result of a Lake Erie College education, undergraduate students will:

  • Understand the value and processes of self-discovery
  • Engage in the development of strong personal attributes
  • Practice and apply creative problem-solving skills
  • Achieve a balance of personal and professional goals in relation to the needs of others to include the local and global communities
  • Analyze complex information and reach conclusions backed by credible and fact-based evidence
  • Apply quantitative methods to analyze, interpret, and solve problems from a wide array of practical and applied contexts
  • Communicate in a clear, inclusive, engaged, and well-reasoned manner
  • Critically reflect upon works of creative expression and create and think with innovation and imagination
  • Employ a cultural awareness to engage effectively in a variety of intercultural contexts

As a result of a Lake Erie College graduate education, students will:

  • Develop content mastery, independent thought in subjects of increased complexity, and critical understanding of research
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about theories, arguments, methods, and concepts related to the specific area of study
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the professional skills needed to participate in the intellectual and organizational aspects of chosen career field

About Lake Erie College

For 160 years, Lake Erie College has been educating students for the world after college. We combine a liberal arts education with practical "real-life" experiences. We promote study abroad, offer opportunities for internships both in the U.S. and internationally and, through our curriculum, we address the needs of students who will work in a world that is increasingly interdependent. Our students learn to communicate effectively, think critically and creatively and make informed decisions. The size of the College allows students to develop leadership skills and take an active role in various student organizations and in the development of new student programs.

Lake Erie College emphasizes the individual, not the "masses." Our classes are taught by professors, not graduate students. Classes are small, allowing students and professors to know one another. We can honestly say that everyone "will know your name." Not only will the faculty and majority of the Lake Erie staff recognize you, but we care deeply about the success, development and happiness of our students.


Lake Erie College is accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Lake Erie College also holds accreditation from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and The British Horse Society (BHS) and is approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Lake Erie College seeks to be an institution where individuals of all backgrounds feel welcomed. We also strive to ensure that all within the campus community hold themselves accountable for contributing positively to a culture of inclusion and empowerment. We are committed to an institution that respects the breadth of diversity, which includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, age, disability, background, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. With the understanding that diversity must align with inclusiveness, the College seeks to support an environment that is welcoming, supportive, and dignified with regard to programming, support, and services. We recognize that we must have an environment where stakeholders may express opinions, thoughts, or ideas freely and openly, and in such a way, that embraces differences with acceptance and respect as part of our growth and sustainability strategy.

Lake Erie College seeks to emblemize a culture that projects our diversity and inclusion values into the communities that surround us. We recognize that inclusion should be a campus ideology. Without diversity and inclusion, in its broadest sense, our ability to accomplish our mission fully is hindered. [Developed and Approved by the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force – February 2017]

Special Information Regarding DACA and Undocumented Students

Lake Erie College welcomes students and scholars from around the world who contribute to our mission of inclusiveness and ethic of hope and care. In alignment with our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion (our Diversity and Inclusion Statement may be found here:  https://www.lec.edu/about-us#dis), Lake Erie College is proud to affirm our commitment to undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students in keeping with our policies on non-discrimination, privacy, and public safety. We continue to admit, enroll, and support all students without regard to their immigration status.

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