ERIC Number: ED287356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Role and Mission Development: A Comparison of Different Approaches.
Carpenter, Don A.
A variety of approaches used by the states in preparing and utilizing institutional role and mission statements are examined. Purposes of delineating institutional missions are identified, along with components of role and mission statements. General statements of purpose and profiles of current programs and activities are provided in the mission statements, as well as a projection of selected activities and characteristics into the future. State comparisons concerning mission development are provided for Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Utah. For each state, attention is directed to process and responsibility for mission development, uses/purposes of mission statements, and board/agency and institutional satisfaction with both the statements and the planning process. This information was obtained in early 1987 from State Higher Education Executives Officers staff members. It is concluded that in those states where involvement of board members and central staff, college leaders, and other parties has been in proper balance, the planning process itself has seemed valuable. When mission review and development are conducted primarily at the central board level, the results are likely to be less satisfactory and difficult to adhere to. (SW)
Descriptors: College Planning, College Role, Comparative Analysis, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Mission Statements, Participative Decision Making, Prediction, Program Evaluation, State Action
State Higher Education Executive Officers, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80295.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.
Note: Prepared for the State Higher Education Executive Officers Task Force on Role and Mission.