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Mission Statement
Richard J. Daley College provides high-quality education which leads to academic success, career development, and personal enrichment that fulfill diverse community needs.


Richard J. Daley will be the first-choice community college through which students’ educational, professional, and cultural expectations are exceeded.

In order to fulfill its mission Daley College and Arturo Velasquez Institute will:

  • Provide the first two years of traditional college education by offering high-quality education in Liberal Arts and Sciences;
  • Award Associate degrees and certificates to students fulfilling for Academic and Career programs;
  • Prepare students for career entry, advancement, or further occupational education through Career and Certificate programs;
  • Expand educational opportunities through Preparatory, Developmental and Basic Skills programs;Provide lifelong learning through Continuing Education courses and programs;
  • Develop training and partnerships to fulfill the economic needs of the private and public sectors of Chicago;Provide intellectual, cultural, and social enrichment to the College community;
  • Provide advising, tutoring, guidance, and related student services.

Daley College Values:

  • The life-long learning process by helping students obtain, appreciate and use knowledge.
  • Self-respect and responsible, accountable, ethical behavior in an atmosphere of open and honest communication.
  • Creative challenges and the enthusiastic pursuit of new ideas and methods.
  • The continuous improvement of programs and professional development in a collegial environment that encourages excellence through mutual goals and objectives.
  • Diversity
  • Partnerships with educational institutions, business, industry, government and the community.


Upon completing the General Education requirements for an associate degree at Richard J. Daley College, a student should be competent to:

Communicate effectively by writing well organized papers; making clear, well organized oral presentations, demonstrating observational and active listening skills as appropriate to the discipline and complete reading assignments using course-specific requirements.

Think creatively, analytically, and critically by expressing views and ideas creatively through words, and the arts, analytically by being able to determine the meaning of information and use it appropriately to communicate information, and critically by assessing information from different perspectives which also can be used to resolve complex issues or equations.

Appreciate diversity (Global/Cultural Awareness) by experiencing alternative perspectives in order to make new connections to a larger world/global context, and to appreciate the differences in cultures.

Quantitatively Reason by using simple math tools to reason, evaluate, interpret, critique and draw conclusions.

Effectively use technology by acquiring skills that will allow the student to operate, Blackboard, to navigate the Internet, to use computer software and programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and presentations.

Value ethics by developing life and interpersonal skills that will lead to life-long learning and effective citizenship.