The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) was established in 1970 to provide post-secondary education opportunities in the Liberal Arts, Teacher Training, Vocational-Technical Education and General Education to the residents of American Samoa. ASCC offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, as well as Certificate programs in a variety of academic and technical areas.
ASCC is located on Tutuila, the largest of American Samoa's seven islands in the lush valley of Mapusaga village nine miles west of PagoPago, the territory's center of trade and commerce. American Samoa lies about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii and 1,800 miles northeast of New Zealand. Tutuila comprises approximately three-fourths of American Samoa's 76 square miles and is home to 90% of its population of nearly 65,000. The other six islands are Aunu'u, Ofu, Olosega, Ta’u, Swains, and Rose Atoll.
In July of 1970, ASCC was established as part of the American Samoa Department of Education. The first freshman class of 131 attended classes in the old Lands and Survey Building (the current site of the Lumana'i Building) in Fagatogo. The following year the College was moved to the old Fia Iloa High School building in Utulei. The move to a permanent campus was made in September of 1974 when ASCC took over the site of the former Mapusaga High School.
In 1979, a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration enabled ASCC to complete five new buildings, with modern facilities for instruction in Science, Nursing, Fine Arts and Vocational Education, as well as a cafeteria and a gymnasium.
In 2003, ASCC opened a new state of the art library;
In 2008, ASCC added a new Lecture Hall, administrative offices, and two new Teacher Education classrooms;
In 2011, all classrooms, science labs and computer labs, were renovated and upgraded with funding from the American Reinvestment Recovery Act (ARRA);
In 2013, ground breaking for the Multi-Purpose Center was initiated.
The American Samoa Community College holds as its central theme “Saili le Atamai” or to “seek knowledge.” Our journey pushes us forward to achieve our mission to provide high quality educational programs and services. We remain grounded in the core values of student centeredness, respect for diversity, collaboration and teamwork, respect for tradition and culture, and lifelong learning while meeting the challenges of the 21st Century. We envision an active impact in the development of the educational, social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and environmental well-being of American Samoa and the Pacific.
The mission of the American Samoa Community College is to foster successful student learning by providing high quality educational programs and services that will enable students to achieve their educational goals and to contribute to the social, cultural, political, economic, technological, and environmental well-being of American Samoa.
To fulfill this mission, the College, as an open admissions, United States accredited, Land Grant institution, provides access to bachelor and associate degrees and certificate programs of study. These programs prepare all students including those who are educationally underserved, challenged, or non-traditional for:
- Transfer to institutions of higher learning
- Successful entry into the workforce
- Research and extension in human and natural resources
- Awareness of Samoa and the Pacific
MANULAUTI (MISSION - SAMOAN VERSION)
O le manulautī a le Kolisi Tu’ufaatasi o Amerika Samoa, o le tu’uina atu o polokalama ma tautua fa’alea’oa’oga i se tulaga maoa’e ina ia manuia ai a’oa’oga a tagata a’oga ma mafai ai ona ‘ausia sini fa’alea‘oa’oga ma tofu sao i le soifua manuia tau i le vafealoai, fa’aleaganu’u, fa’afaigamalo, fa’atamāoāiga, fa’atekonolosi, ma le si’osi’omaga o Amerika Samoa.
Ina ia taunu’u lenei manulautī, o le Kolisi, ona o se a’oga e tatala le ulufale i so’o se tagata, e taualoa i tulaga taua’oa’oga a le Iunaite Setete, ma o se a’oga tau Laufanua ma Atinae, e tu’uina atu avanoa mo tikeri pakaloli ma tikeri fa’avae fa’apea tusipasi. O nei polokalama o lo o saunia ai tagata a’oga uma e aofia ai ma i latou e faigata ona maua avanoa, lu‘itauina, po’o i latou sa le’i masani ona avea ma tagata a’oga i se kolisi mo le:
- Faaauau atu i iunivesite ma aoaoga maualuluga atu
- Faamanuiaina i galuega
- Sailiiliga ma le faalautelega i mataupu tau tagata ma punaoa faalenatura
- Silafia o Samoa ma le Pasefika.
INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon graduating from the American Samoa Community College, all students should acquire the skills and demonstrate proficiencies as:
- Effective Communicators: ASCC graduates communicate respectfully, listen attentively, seek clarification, and value the opinions of others. Graduates effectively present information using a variety of modes and media. They adapt their method of presentation to suit specific audiences and convey their intended message using a variety of oral, written, and visual strategies;
- Quantitative Competent Individuals: ASCC graduates organize, and critically examine written, oral, visual, and numerical information. Graduates efficiently use technology as a tool to gather and evaluate information from a variety of perspectives. Graduates use the information ethically, respecting the legal restrictions that exist when using published, confidential, and proprietary information;
- Critical Thinkers: ASCC graduates engage in the examination of ideas, issues, and problems, drawing on established bodies of knowledge and means of analysis. Graduates organize information logically and consider alternate strategies. They recognize the need for multiple voices and seek opportunities for those voices to be heard;
- Global Citizens: ASCC graduates are prepared to participate in regional and global communities. They demonstrate knowledge of their region and the world.
- Responsible Leaders: ASCC graduates act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions, ethically and equitably. Graduates engage in professional dialogue and participate in learning communities.
INSTITUTIONAL CORE VALUES
Through the missions of our programs and services, we hold ourselves accountable to the following:
- Student Centeredness: ASCC commits to provide high quality programs and services focusing on student learning.
- Respect for Diversity: ASCC embraces individuality and appreciation of global perspectives and viewpoints that enhance quality of life.
- Collaboration and Teamwork: ASCC promotes a sound environment for networking opportunities through effective communication, partnerships, and growth.
- Respect for Tradition and Culture: ASCC embraces cultural heritage, traditions, language, and customs and their impact in education and research.
- Lifelong Learning: ASCC encourages continuation of learning and provides pathways for personal, ethical, and professional growth.
Since the implementation of Public Law 22-30, the College has assumed semi-independent governance and has established a structure that maximizes participation, recognizes and value expertise, and paces authority at the appropriate level. The College governance system clarifies the roles of faculty, professional and classified staff, the President, Administration, and students. In a governance system, the President is the final authority in the decision-making process, having the authority to accept or reject recommendations.
The Board of Higher Education is responsible for the selection of the President, setting policies and the control and management of the college.