ERIC Number: ED481766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-23
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Factors That Have Contributed to Mission Change in Public Colleges and Universities. Report to the Governor and General Assembly.
Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
This report presents data collected via interviews with institutional personnel and reviews of historical and current institutional and State Council of Higher Education for Virginia documents to gain a better understanding of mission change and its associated factors. Results indicate that Virginia's public colleges and universities have responded well to contemporary challenges and opportunities, while resisting real changes in their core missions. Since the mid-1990s, public institutions have kept their core missions rather constant and consistent, while occasionally adjusting and/or adapting either (1) the "what" (various academic subcomponents) of their overall missions; (2) the "how" (various structural, processual, and/or pedagogical means) of achieving their overall missions; or (3) the "for whom" (various levels of admission selectivity and/or enrollment totals) of their overall missions in order to meet the needs of the world/nation/state, their regional/local areas, and their students. In the process, they have worked to overcome the unique and the common challenges they individually and collectively face and to maximize opportunities to better position themselves, and the Commonwealth, for the future. Recommendations for strengthening the current mission review policy are included. Overall, findings indicate that drastic measures to address mission changes are not necessary. An appendix contains the legislative mandate. (SM)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Mission Statements, Public Colleges, School Policy, State Government
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, James Monroe Building, 101 North Fourteenth Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Tel: 804-225-2600; Fax: 804-225-2604; Web site: http://www.schev.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia