Core Values. It is what guides our actions.

At ICC we have principles and ideals that guide our daily actions. Identified by staff and students, we call these our Core Values. These values reflect the mission, purpose, philosophy, and beliefs of Illinois Central College. In many cases, our personal values will be consistent with ICC’s Core Values. Living the Core Values helps ICC to succeed in its mission.

Our Core Values are: Learning, Community, Integrity, Responsibility, and Excellence. The values should always be listed in this order.

We can remember the order by thinking: ICC begins first and foremost with LEARNING through a COMMUNITY of learners and teachers. INTEGRITY supports the work we do by emphasizing honesty, ethical behavior, and trustworthiness. By taking RESPONSIBILITY for our work and our actions, we help our students, colleagues, and college achieve EXCELLENCE.


Changing the world by increasing knowledge and skills: Creating knowledge and skills through teaching and learning is the core of what we do. We recognize that learning continues throughout our lives and see learning as essential to competent citizenship in a democracy. We know that learning changes minds and lives. We change the world for the better by embracing and encouraging learning in our students, our colleagues, and ourselves.

How we live the value of learning:


Changing the world by building relationships: We build relationships as we live our mission. We are in, of, and part of our community, state, and world. We are good stewards of the resources we have been given. We recognize and appreciate that diverse people, ideas, thinking, and beliefs expand our perspectives and provide new insights for each of us. We work together as a team for a common purpose and share a mission and vision. Through these efforts, we serve our students, stakeholders, community, and the world. We change the world for the better by building and supporting a sense of community.

We live this value when:


Changing the world by building trust: Trust and honesty are the cornerstones of our college. We keep our commitments, act consistently and fairly, and do what we say we will. Our students and constituents know what to expect when they deal with us. We are ethical and forthright. We change the world for the better when we act with integrity every day.

We live this value when:


Changing the world by taking accountability for our actions: All of us contribute to the success of our students and our college. It takes the best efforts of each one of us to ensure the college achieves its mission and vision. We act with responsibility when we do our job well and help others do the same. We act professionally and respectfully. We are accountable for what we say and do. We change the world for the better when we act with responsibility in our work.

We live this value when:


Changing the world by achieving more: We set and achieve ambitious goals, work constantly to improve, and are dedicated to helping our students realize success. Excellence means we invest time in understanding the needs and requirements of those we serve and find ways to delight them. We hold high expectations for ourselves, our colleagues, and our students. We recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our students and our college. We change the world for the better when we strive for excellence by achieving more.

We live this value when: