Grounded in its social justice heritage, Pacific Oaks College prepares students to be culturally intelligent agents of change serving diverse communities in the fields of human development, education, and related family studies.
The vision of Pacific Oaks College is to provide quality education to adult learners while maintaining its core values.
Central to the Quaker tradition and history of Pacific Oaks is the value we place on the individual. This translates into the core values we live by at Pacific Oaks.
We respect and value each individual. We strive to create a work environment that is pleasant, challenging, and promotes excellence in performance. We ask that all members of the Pacific Oaks community be willing to engage actively in thought and discussion as we learn about the nature, dynamics, and impact of bias on the individual.
We value and promote the diversity of our work force. In our Quaker tradition, we actively seek out diversity in our students and employees.
We strive to ensure and to teach the principles of equal opportunity and fairness for all and to recognize the ways in which theories, practices, and institutions can be biased and oppressive.
We work to ensure participation in decision making, where and when appropriate. We value the input from diverse and varying perspectives to ensure we remain true to our mission.
Institutional Learning Objectives
Regardless of program or degree level, our goal is that every Pacific Oaks graduate:
- Is able to engage authentically and effectively with widely diverse populations in a global environment;
- Combines professional knowledge with a respect for the unique values and experiences of the individuals and communities with whom they work to solve problems;
- Improves the profession through actions that advocate for social equity and serve the changing needs of diverse communities.