As articulated by its membership, the mission of the Council is “assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education.” The goals that represent the significant values and purposes to which the Council is dedicated are the following:
- To offer public assurance that accredited educational institutions provide quality instruction in career and technical education that facilitates learning by students and meeting the needs of the labor market.
- To provide guidance to institutions for the continual improvement of their educational offerings and related activities.
- To promote high ethical and educational standards for career and technical education.
- To enhance public understanding of career and technical education providers and of the value of the education and the credentials offered by these providers.
- To ensure that the accreditation process validates the achievement of learning and program objectives.
These goals embrace a commitment to integrity and credibility that are intended to result in accreditation by the Council being viewed as a nationally-honored seal of excellence for occupational education institutions. Through its accreditation process, the Council seeks to stimulate the following:
- validation of job skills;
- certification of skills for local, state, regional, and national application;
- portability of skill credentials;
- placement of graduates in jobs related to preparation received;
- facilitation of partnerships and consortia through which the United States can continue to compete successfully in the global economy; and
- linkages among employers, policymakers, business and industry, labor, and other parties with vital interests in technical education.
The core values provide the foundation for the Council’s mission, goals, and objectives.
- Trustworthiness – denotes honesty, integrity, and reliability. The metaphorical equivalent to having a good credit score.
- Transparency – implies openness, communication, and clear visibility. Describes an accreditation process or status that is not secretive or mystical.
- Accountability – implies being answerable and liable. Describes accredited institutions’ responsibility to students, regulatory agencies, and business and industry.
- Commitment – requires dedication of institutions, volunteers, Commissioners and staff. Denotes allegiance, loyalty, and obligation.
- Flexibility – the ability to adapt to both internal and external market changes while maintaining core values. Implies resilience and being open to modification and change.
- Planning – a blueprint for expectations for the future. Addresses the expanded learning economy, student preparedness, and cultural understanding.
- Sharing – making cooperative use of resources and best practices. Accomplished by institutions through collaboration and communities of practice.