Mission, Vision, Goals

About Pensacola State College

Pensacola State College is a public, comprehensive community college that was founded as Pensacola Junior College in 1948. As the oldest and largest college in the Panhandle, PSC serves traditional and non-traditional students in Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama.

During its first year, 136 students enrolled at the college. Current enrollment is about 26,000 students.
With six convenient locations, PSC has campuses in Milton, Pensacola and Warrington as well as centers in Century and South Santa Rosa County. The Downtown Center is headquarters for corporate training programs.

Pensacola State College is widely recognized as a premier, student-friendly college that competes with the best – offering more than 100 programs, state-of-the-art resources, and a stellar faculty. Nationally ranked in the Top One Percent in affordable tuition, Pensacola State College is a smart move toward a bachelor’s degree or a high-tech career. Offerings include: Bachelor of Applied Science in Administration and Supervision, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and career oriented certificate programs.

The B.A.S. and B.S.N. programs open doors for career advancement and retraining for those who have completed associate degrees. Students earning A.A. degrees have a guaranteed transfer to Florida’s 12 state universities. Students also transfer easily to prestigious colleges such as Cornell, Duke, Vanderbilt and Tulane. For students earning A.S. degrees and career oriented certificates, job placement is nearly 100 percent in many technical areas. The A.S. degree also transfers to Florida universities. Pensacola State also offers excellent opportunities via Dual Enrollment, Collegiate High School, Adult Basic Education, GED and Continuing Education programs.

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Strategic Plan 2013-2018


Pensacola State College, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and surrounding Alabama communities, was established as Florida’s first public State college by the state legislature in 1947. Classes were first offered in 1948 to 136 students; Pensacola State College now serves more than 22,000 students annually.

The development of the Pensacola State College Strategic Plan included the creation of a new vision statement, mission statement, and the establishment of a process for planning that includes overall institutional goals and objectives assigned to the appropriate functional units and administrative offices of the College.

By participating in customer satisfaction surveys and an in-depth S.W.O.T. analysis, thousands of the College’s stakeholders, both on campus and in the community, played a direct role in the development of this plan. The Strategic Planning Committee was made up of a broad cross section of institutional representation, including student, instructional and business affairs personnel. Through a series of retreats, the District Board of Trustees and college administrators provided guidance and wise counsel.

College Vision

Pensacola State College educates students through a dynamic and supportive learning environment that develops all students intellectually, culturally, and socially, preparing them to succeed within the global community.

College Mission

Pensacola State College, under the governance of a local Board of Trustees, is committed to providing quality, affordable, and accessible educational opportunities through a variety of delivery methods.

The College, a member of the Florida College System, offers baccalaureate and associate degrees, workforce certificates, adult education leading to a high school diploma or GED, business and industry training, non-credit continuing education, community outreach, and cultural enrichment opportunities for students and the community.

College Institutional Priorities

  1. Enhance partnerships to further develop capabilities to better serve students and the community.
  2. Invest in people by:

    a. Using evaluation processes for continuous improvement;

    b. Ensuring professional development and training opportunities to help create a culture of continuous improvement;

    c. Providing reward and recognition programs; and

    d. Formally celebrating achievement, productivity, and continuous improvement.

  3. Enhance the quality of instructional programs and services by measurably:

    a. Improving student learning,

    b. Improving student retention and completion,

    c. Improving satisfaction in all aspects of the student experience, and

    d. Increasing access to instructional programs and services through

    -use of technology, and

    -maintaining a physical presence in strategic locations throughout the college service area.

  4. Seek new financial resources for the College and College Foundations.
  5. Ensure that existing resources are effectively utilized through improved efficiencies, entrepreneurial business practices, and established sound fiscal management.
  6. Acquire new resources to maintain and upgrade existing facilities, construct new facilities to better support learning and student and community services and enhance college programs and services.
  7. Seek increased diversity and promote a campus climate where the principles of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and multiculturalism are valued.
  8. Continuously improve customer service, campus safety, campus beautification, use of technology, institutional effectiveness processes, community service and internal communications.
  9. Market the College and programs of the College through current and emerging media conduits.

Pensacola State College District

Pensacola State College serves Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida as well as surrounding Alabama communities. The population of the two-county area is nearly 450,000. The area is best known for its sugar-white beaches, historical significance, health care institutions, and military installations, one of which hosts the world famous Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Museum of Naval Aviation.


Pensacola State College is proud of its highly qualified faculty. Typical preparation of the academic faculty member consists of graduate work beyond the master’s degree. Many faculty members hold doctorates. Faculty in vocational programs are trained specialists whose thorough knowledge of the occupation comes from both formal study and career experience.

Though Pensacola State College students come primarily from the local community, faculty are drawn from various colleges and universities across the nation to broaden the scope of instruction.

Pensacola State College faculty members hold positions on boards and commissions and belong to professional and scholarly organizations. Many are engaged in research and have authored articles, monographs, and textbooks.

In 1986, Pensacola State College established the Academy of Teaching Excellence to recognize outstanding faculty. Each year, four full-time faculty and one adjunct faculty are inducted into the Academy, and one outstanding new faculty member is honored.

Pensacola State College faculty also benefit from a number of endowed teaching chairs that are supported by private contributions to provide travel and research opportunities.

Pensacola State College Foundation, Inc.

The Pensacola State College Foundation, Inc., is a private, non-profit corporation that has been established to encourage, solicit, receive, and administer gifts and bequests of property and funds for the benefit of the College and College activities. The Pensacola State College Foundation is administered by a Board of Governors made up of members of the community who have an interest in the College.

The Pensacola State College Foundation promotes the annual giving program of the College and solicits funds for various college projects. In addition, donations are sought for scholarships and other worthwhile projects, which assist the College and its students.

As a tax-assisted institution, Pensacola State College cannot meet all needs with state and student support. The Pensacola State College Foundation assists in obtaining private support to supplement College budgets. The Pensacola State College Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax deductible non-profit corporation and a direct support organization chartered by the state of Florida to provide private support to the College.

The Board of Governors of the Pensacola State College Foundation meets quarterly and holds an annual meeting to elect new governors.