DVC's faculty is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of its community, in accordance
with the purposes and regulations that appear in the Education Code of California.
The following statements summarize faculty beliefs and concepts about the purpose
of this college:
We believe that one of our leadership responsibilities is to identify the educational
needs of our community. Our students come to us with a variety of aspirations, interests, and abilities,
and each brings to DVC a certain level of maturity and preparation. We recognize that
the student must decide which educational program to pursue, but we also feel obliged
to help each student make realistic choices and to develop the skills and proficiencies
appropriate to college work.
We believe that a good education is fundamental to the democratic processes. Therefore, we value the unique contributions of each student and we believe all of
DVC’s educational programs are of equal importance. We conceive the heart of the school
to be the student and the student to be the whole human being — the sum of his/her
feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes, as well as his/her physical, emotional,
and intellectual needs. Hence, we encourage self-reliance, self-direction, intelligent
use of the elements of our broad cultural heritage, and a genuine and critical quest
We believe that to teach is to help people grow in many different ways, and that learning
is an active, lifelong process of thinking, feeling, and doing. We believe that an excellent college education motivates students to learn well and
gives students the ability to transfer and derive meaning from their learning. Therefore,
we strive for a balance between specialization and generalization when organizing
and presenting subject matter.
Finally, we believe that close student-faculty relationships both contribute to learning
and make the educational process more enjoyable.