Manhattan Area Technical College provides quality technical and general education to prepare individuals to pursue technologically advanced careers and lead productive lives in a dynamic and diverse global environment.
As a leader in technical education, Manhattan Area Technical College will enhance student-centered learning and service to business, industry, and community members.
In making decisions to advance the mission of Manhattan Area Technical College, the faculty and staff value:
- Integrity...being accountable for our actions
- Student-centered instruction...addressing the needs of our students
- Relevant program content...applying industry recommendations
- Quality performance...striving for excellence
MATC fulfills its mission by:
- Offering associate of applied science degrees and technical certificates upon completion of programs and courses in technical fields to meet student, employer, and community needs.
- Complementing technical instruction with general education courses emphasizing critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
- Creating opportunities for secondary students in technical education through articulation agreements.
- Providing student services to include counseling, financial aid, skill enhancement and assessment, employability preparation, and student-directed activities.
- Assessing student performance and outcomes to enhance learning.
- Allocating resources to ensure a safe, accessible, and student-friendly learning environment.
- Monitoring integrity through interaction with program advisory councils, a general advisory council, and evaluation by approving agencies.
- Serving as a valued community leader and partner in the educational, economic, and workforce development of our service area.
In 1965 the Kansas State Board of Education established this institution under authority granted by Kansas Statutes Annotated 72-4412, and named it the Manhattan Area Vocational -Technical School. Educational programs were initially offered on the campus of Manhattan High School. MATC's current campus, located at 3136 Dickens Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas, was occupied in 1967. Through the years, the increasing influence of advancing technology in business and industry, health and emergency services, and government has made strong technical skills a requirement in most professions. This evolution has made it popular to refer to vocational-technical training as, simply, technical education. In that spirit, the school was renamed in 1992 as Manhattan Area Technical Center. Legislation passed in 1994, Kansas Senate Bill 586, amended K.S.A. 72-4412 and provided the opportunity for technical schools to apply for conversion to technical colleges. In 1996, Governor Bill Graves signed into law Kansas House Bill 2606, which amended K.S.A. 72-4412, and designated the school as Manhattan Area Technical College. During its 2003 session, the Kansas Legislature passed Senate Bill 7, enabling technical colleges to move to autonomous governance, independent of the public school system. On March 17, 2004, the Kansas Board of Regents approved MATC's governance plan. On July 1, the long process of gaining autonomous governance came to fruition.
Manhattan Area Technical College is a public technical college governed by an appointed Board of Directors under a governance plan approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on March 17, 2004. The President of the College reports to the Board of Directors and supervises all College operations and instruction. In addition, MATC is advised by more than 120 volunteer program advisory board members and general advisory members representing a cross section of business and industry.
Since its establishment, Manhattan Area Technical College has served an area of Kansas that includes citizens and communities in ten counties. MATC has provided and continues to provide advanced education and technical preparation to individuals who hail from communities all over Kansas, other states, and other countries.
Philosophy of General Education
General education courses enhance academic skills, reasoning capability and general knowledge required for continued learning and advancement in students' professional and personal lives. Students will demonstrate increased proficiency in communicating effectively in written and oral forms; in critical thinking and problem solving to address situations described verbally, graphically, symbolically, or numerically; in identifying, accessing and evaluating information and materials; in gaining knowledge of self; and in exhibiting tolerance of and respect for diversity in human abilities, cultures, age and beliefs. Proficiency in written and oral communication is crucial in daily life, as is the ability to fully understand and appreciate oral and written expressions of others. Strengthening language skills, learning the value of research resources, and organizing thoughts into coherent oral and written communication enhance the student's participation in the workplace and in the world community. Critical thinking skills that expand the ability to decipher and apply needed information in problem-solving are important to success in the technological world. Quantitative skills linked to solid qualitative judgment help a student understand, adjust, and excel in a changing environment. The ability to gather, filter, and use the work, experience, and opinions of others is crucial to effectively performing personal and professional responsibilities. These skills in information technology foster independent thinking and lifelong learning. Understanding self while valuing others enhances one's ability to work within a team and to function effectively. This respect for self and for others is a critical component in today's workplace and interdependent, multicultural society.
Philosophy of Assessment
MATC's faculty and staff are committed to a comprehensive institutional assessment program that promotes continuous improvement in all aspects of programs and services critical to the success of the college. Convinced that learning-oriented effectiveness is of primary importance in meeting the institution's mission, the faculty has placed an emphasis on the assessment of student learning. MATC also recognizes the importance of assessment and improvement activities related to organizational structure. These activities, designed to complement the assessment of student learning and enhance the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives, as well as the operational functions of the College, must be included in a comprehensive plan. Demonstrating ongoing institutional improvement is significant to ensure the continuing success of the College. MATC is strengthened by its ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing student and stakeholder needs through a systematic and well-practiced methodology involving assessment, evaluation, and action to address the identified opportunities for improvement. This allows the College to compete in an educational arena where prospective students have a myriad of options. In addition, as funding sources and legislative and accrediting organizations search for ways to enhance accountability among educational institutions, the documentation produced by this ongoing improvement process facilitates the reporting required for compliance with these regulatory and accrediting agencies.
For quality assurance, Manhattan Area Technical College meets the standards prescribed by, and is accredited by:
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440 or (312) 263-0456
MATC underwent its most recent comprehensive accreditation visit by a team of consultant evaluators from the Higher Learning Commission on October 25 – 27, 2010. On February 25, 2011, Dr. Robert Edleston, President/CEO, was notified that the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission voted to uphold the recommendation of the team of consultant-evaluators and continued the accreditation of Manhattan Area Technical College.
The Affiliation Mark below provides a link to MATC’s Statement of Affiliation Status on the Higher Learning Commission’s website.
In addition to national accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, the College is approved by:
The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR)
1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 520
Topeka, KS 66612-1321
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-0498.
Other program-specific accrediting, approving, and/or certifying agencies are:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN)
900 S.W. Jackson, Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612
U.S. Veterans Administration
5500 E. Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67218-1698
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
New England Building
503 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603-3404
National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
National Security Agency (NSA)
9800 Savage Road
Ft. George G Meade, MD 20755
American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER)
13614 Progress Blvd
Alachua, FL 23615
MATC is not under sanction by any of the abovementioned entities, nor is its status with any of these agencies suspended, revoked, or terminated.
MATC does not hold, nor does it plan to seek, dual institutional accreditation with any accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). However, MATC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE), and the Kansas Council for Workforce Education (KCWE).
MATC is currently operating under its 2013 – 2017 (5-year) strategic plan. This strategic plan is, in essence, a framework detailing the means to be used to accomplish the institutional ends set out by the Board of Directors. Ends statements address what benefit will come to pass for whom, and the worth or cost of that benefit. These statements of purpose embody the Board's vision and, thus, are the organization's raison d’être, and it is the responsibility of the College’s President to attain those ends.
Six areas of the College are targeted in the strategic plan: Growth, Quality Education, Image, Funding, Facilities, and Human Resources. In each target area there are two or more strategic goals, for a total of 17 in the plan. Under each strategic goal there are objectives, and under each a series of tasks for accomplishing the objective. Responsibility for the objectives is delegated to an administrator or a senior staff member. The tasks are laid out in a sequential fashion and each has a target completion date. Therefore, timely completion of tasks results in accomplishing the objectives and, subsequently, goal attainment.
Since the strategic plan is a dynamic document, input regarding the strategic plan is solicited on a regular basis from all areas of the College. A meeting is held annually in the spring to examine the plan in its entirety. Since all personnel are impacted by the plan, attendees at that meeting represent a cross section of faculty, staff, and administration. MATC’s Strategic Planning Committee is charged with the ongoing task of monitoring the content of and progress on the plan. A quarterly report is presented to the Board of Directors based on the committee’s findings.
The purpose of the General Advisory Committees is to:
- Advise the Administration and the Board of Directors on the long-term educational needs of the area served by the College and on other matters of importance.
- Serve as liaison between the College and area employers in order to facilitate assessment of employment, training, and educational needs of the service area.
- Serve as liaison between the College and local school boards, county commissioners, city committees, other local elected officials and other relevant groups or persons.
- Promote the College's programs and services among the communities and constituencies in the College's service area.
Campus Safety and Security
The Manhattan Area Technical College Annual Safety and Security Report is prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The Vice President of Student affairs is responsible for preparing and distributing this report. Information about crimes, arrests, and referrals has been gathered from Riley County Police Department and from designated members of the College community. Statistics are gathered for all college properties and for public property surrounding the college. This report gives crime data for the previous three years, and includes policies related to campus safety and security—such as sexual assault, alcohol and other drugs, and personal safety.
Every member of the College community annually receives an email that describes the report and provides its web address. Questions about this report or requests for the report in other formats may be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs.