Jul 21, 2024  
SFCC Catalog 2021-2022 
SFCC Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Welcome to SFCC

About SFCC

Santa Fe Community College provides the gateway to success for individuals and the community through affordable, high-quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, “Best for Vets” and “Military Friendly” school. Established in 1983, the college serves more than 15,000 students per year in its credit, noncredit, workforce and community programs.

Situated on 366 acres in New Mexico’s vibrant capital city, a beautiful campus and supportive community provide an ideal learning environment. A signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the college practices and teaches sustainability, energy efficiency and conservation. Courses and programs train workers for local jobs as well as for global competition.

SFCC students work with advisors to map out a pathway to success. Free tutoring, academic resources, flexible scheduling and online classes position students to achieve their academic goals while balancing family and work obligations. SFCC students receive support from exceptional faculty, dedicated staff, financial and academic advisors, counselors, librarians, career service professionals, and much more.

The college is an associate degree and certificate granting institution. Certificates prepare students for entry-level work and supplement their skills for job advancement opportunities. Associate degree programs prepare students for a career or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, while saving thousands of dollars by starting at SFCC. Many students simultaneously earn multiple credentials. Dual credit courses allow high school students to receive academic credit from both the high school and the college.

Throughout its history, voters have supported SFCC whether to build state-of-the-art facilities, to house new programs in response to growing job demand or to open the Santa Fe Higher Education Center in Midtown so students can earn bachelor’s and advanced degrees from four-year colleges and universities without leaving Santa Fe.

Right to Inspect Public Records

Any member of the public has the right under New Mexico law to inspect and make copies of the public records of SFCC. To make a request, or for more information, contact the Marketing and Public Relations Department at 505-428-1217 or in the West Wing, Room 210.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are requested to inform Student Accessibility Services if they need to access the information in this publication in an alternative format. For more information, call 505-428-1711.

Equal Educational Opportunity Policy

SFCC is committed to providing a working and learning environment that provides equal opportunity to all current and prospective employees and students regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability or handicap, serious medical condition, veteran’s status, spousal affiliation, and any other basis prohibited by law. Equal educational opportunity applies to admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, access to course offerings, counseling, testing, financial assistance and employment.


Accreditation is the formal process by which colleges and universities are authorized to award college credit and degrees. SFCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college is committed to creating and operating within sustainable systems that best meet the needs of the community it serves.

SFCC is the gateway to individual and community success by providing affordable, high-quality educational programs that serve the social, cultural, technological and economic needs of the diverse Santa Fe community. Mission, Vision and Values


Empower students, strengthen community. Empoderar a los estudiantes, fortalecer a la comunidad.


SFCC is a recognized leader in fulfilling its community’s dreams, one student at a time.


We value STUDENT LEARNING and demonstrate our commitment through innovative, high-quality programs, empowerment of students and accountability for systematic learning assessment.

We value EXCELLENCE and demonstrate our commitment through continuous organizational improvement, transparent and effective systems and responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

We value PEOPLE and demonstrate our commitment through building a community of collaboration and trust, celebrating diversity and fostering a vibrant system of shared governance.

We value SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY and demonstrate our commitment through leadership in sustainability programs and practices, accessible and affordable education and ongoing service to and partnerships with our community.

We value INTEGRITY and demonstrate our commitment by modeling respect, honesty and principled decision-making throughout the organization.

Essential Skills Outcomes

Student learning is the central mission of SFCC. Learning that enhances students’ ability to interact effectively in diverse environments and use appropriate resources and technologies is integrated throughout courses and degree programs at the college. SFCC measures five outcomes across the general education curriculum. These outcomes, known as essential skills outcomes because of their relationship to the five State of New Mexico Essential Skills, consist of:

Communication: Students will be able to respond to a diverse range of situations and texts with appropriate written, oral, visual and other forms of communication using a variety of media.

Critical Thinking: Students will be able to delineate a problem or question, acquire evidence, evaluate evidence, and develop reasonable conclusions.

Information and Digital Literacy: Students will be able to engage in a thoughtful research process including evaluating and communicating information. Students will be able to use digital tools to complete academic and professional tasks.

Personal and Social Responsibility: Students will be able to interact and collaborate with others in ethical and culturally appropriate ways. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among environmental, socio-cultural, political, and/or economic systems as they interact with and affect the sustainability of the natural and human worlds.

Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to represent and communicate quantitative information, analyze and formulate quantitative arguments, and solve quantitative contextual problems.

Academic Freedom and Responsibility

SFCC is dedicated to promoting responsible academic freedom for faculty and students, including the right of faculty members to evaluate student academic performance and to control classroom presentations and discussion of subject matter within the expressed and recognized goals, objectives and standards of the college and the course, as announced to students through the catalog or other public literature. Conjoined with this dedication is an ongoing commitment by the college to enlist faculty who subscribe to high standards of professional conduct, who are knowledgeable in their fields, who are fair and constructive in presenting ideas and issues, and who encourage students to respect differing points of view, to discriminate between fact and fiction and to think reflectively rather than reactively.

While academic freedom implies the right and responsibility to present as many sides of controversial subjects as is reasonable and proper for the process of teaching and learning, it also implies the responsibility of all representatives of the college to respect the dignity of others, to acknowledge their right to express differing opinions when and where appropriate and to foster and defend intellectual honesty and freedom of inquiry.

Institutional Effectiveness

SFCC uses many forms of data to analyze and improve its effectiveness. Evaluation and assessment are key components of accountability to taxpayers, funders, students and college employees. As such, it is the responsibility of all students, faculty and staff to comply with reasonable data collection efforts including, but not limited to, campus climate and student engagement surveys, faculty, course and program evaluations, assessment activities and examinations, as well as student government requests for feedback. These activities are not meant to detract from instructional time but are designed to assist the college in developing and enhancing services, programs and instruction that will help students succeed. (SFCC Policy 3-14 Academic Freedom)

The SFCC District

The boundaries of the Santa Fe Community College District are identical to those of the Santa Fe Public School District map. The outlying communities of Cerrillos, Galisteo, Glorieta, La Cienega, Lamy, Madrid and Tesuque are included in the college’s service area.

Campus Crime Statistics

A campus crime statistics report is prepared annually and includes security incidents reported during the three preceding years. The report contains information about criminal activities involving murder, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft, as well as information on arrests resulting from liquor and drug abuse violations and weapons possession on campus. The report is available at www.sfcc.edu.

Drug-Free Workplace and Campus

SFCC is committed to providing an environment that supports educational pursuits and promotes the health and welfare of all persons on campus. To this end, the college has established and enforces Policy 4-17 Drug-Free Workplace and Campus, based on federal and state laws, that prohibits the manufacture, use, purchase or sale of drugs or alcohol on all college property and at off-campus locations where college-sponsored events are taking place, unless the use of alcohol is specifically authorized by the President. All students and employees are required to abide by this policy as a condition of enrollment or employment. For more information contact the Office of Human Resources at 505-428-1228.

Sexual Harassment Policy

No employee or student shall be subject to sexual harassment (Policy 4-10 Sexual Harassment). This applies to acts of sexual harassment of one sex against a member of the opposite or same sex at all levels of the college community. The college is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students and employees may share, learn and work together in an atmosphere that enhances productivity and draws on the diversity of its members in an atmosphere free from all forms of disrespectful conduct, harassment, exploitation or intimidation, including conduct of a sexual nature. Allegations of sexual harassment shall be investigated promptly, thoroughly, impartially and confidentially. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 505-428-1228.