ERIC Number: ED287357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Mission Maintenance: Tools for Change and the Consultative Process.
Caruthers, J. Kent
The way that state-level postsecondary education agencies currently apply, and could address, the concept of both system-level and institutional missions is discussed. The focus is on how to implement, reinforce, and evaluate established missions. Topics include the consultative process, tools for change, proactive strategic planning, and reasonable expectations for mission review. Telephone interviews were conducted with many state-level postsecondary agencies known to be active in mission-related studies. Broad-based involvement at substantive levels was found, and no agency undertook mission development or maintenance on its own. Four groups of participants were identified: institutional representatives, other campus-based individuals, government officials, and the general population. Although practices varied across states, involvement in mission development and maintenance activities tended to follow common patterns. Stages of involvement in mission review activities are outlined, and examples of involvement patterns are provided. Also considered are: tools for maintaining missions, incentives for implementing missions, and the role of the state agency in strategic planning and mission development. (SW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Planning, College Role, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Mission Statements, Participative Decision Making, Program Evaluation, State Boards of Education, State Colleges
State Higher Education Executive Officers, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80295.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.