2013-2014 catalog 
    Jan 30, 2023  
2013-2014 catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Vision, Mission, Values and Philosophy


Brookdale, the County College of Monmouth, is a dynamic community college system committed to student success, lifelong learning, economic development and the common good of society. Brookdale Community College plays a transformative role in our community, providing educational, cultural and professional programs and offerings to enable, empower and inspire community members to achieve their aspirations to the best of their abilities.


Brookdale Community College provides a comprehensive array of quality, affordable educational choices leading to transfer and career opportunities, certificates and associate degrees, access to post-associate learning, lifelong learning, and community development. Brookdale is an open-access, future-oriented institution committed to student success and development in a socially diverse environment.


These Values guide the Brookdale community in the fulfillment of our Mission; each being of equal weight and importance.

  • Students and Student Success
    Brookdale Community College values our students and their academic and personal success; their learning and achievement are the hallmarks of our mission.
  • One Brookdale
    Brookdale Community College values the philosophy of One Brookdale. One Brookdale represents a collective commitment by all employees to demonstrate a consistent, appropriate and comparable level of teaching and service excellence throughout the entire College, across all locations, creating and communicating a dynamic synergy of intent and action focused on student success.
  • Excellence in Teaching and Support Services
    Brookdale Community College values teaching and service excellence and prepares learners with a broad range of knowledge, skills, and experiences through open access to a wide variety of diverse programs, services and experiences.
  • Diversity and Global Perspectives
    Brookdale Community College values the diversity among the members of our community and chooses to build an inclusive, innovative and creative environment representative of a successful multicultural and globally interdependent society.
  • Integrity and Accountability
    Brookdale Community College values fairness, openness, and honesty, engaging in continuous self-assessment to sustain excellence and demonstrate accountability.
  • Academic Freedom
    Brookdale Community College values the principles of academic freedom and freedom of speech for all members of the College community.
  • Our Employees
    Brookdale Community College values our employees and their commitment to providing excellent service; they are enthusiastic, innovative and responsive to students and the institutional needs and interests of our community.
  • Commitment to Collegial Governance
    Brookdale Community College values the transparent decision-making, collaboration and collegiality fostered by College Governance which demonstrates an environment of mutual respect.
  • Our Legacy
    Brookdale Community College values our legacy and history, alumni and the greater community; learning from our past as we expand and respond to challenges inherent in our future.
  • Our Role in Our Community
    Brookdale Community College values our unique role in our community and commits to working with students, employees, clients, and our community to achieve common goals in education, diversity, cultural enrichment, economic development, strategic planning, stewardship, and sustainability.

Brookdale Philosophy

Brookdale Community College values most, the individual learner. The College respects the differences in needs, strengths, and weaknesses in each person. We respect the right of each individual to strive, to struggle to succeed — the right to be unique.

We further value the experience of learning and count it among the most satisfying of human activities. We believe all education is a life-long activity, which enhances every aspect of human existence. We see that developing career skills and developing individual human potential are equally valuable. Each makes its contribution to the fullness of life.

We recognize the interrelatedness of all learning and the benefit gained by freedom of thought and expression. Effective education promotes awareness of the intricate relationships, which exist among people and between individuals and their environment. The development of individual potential is inevitable related to what society permits, encourages, or maintains.

Therefore, we urge students to accept their responsibility for improving society. Brookdale Community College commits itself to the task of creating an atmosphere, which fosters individual and societal growth and achievement.

The College is dedicated to using the community as a laboratory for learning. College staff and administration work closely with local organizations and agencies when applicable.