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Pacific Oaks College    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog with Spring Addendum 
  Jan 26, 2023
2017-2018 Academic Catalog with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

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.

Core Values

Central to the Quaker tradition and history of Pacific Oaks is the value we place on the individual. This translates into several 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.

Social Justice

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.

Participatory Decision-Making

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

The 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.

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