Personal Reflection: Option 2
Mission statements from NOVA Southeastern University (Florida), and the University of San Diego (California) were selected. I selected these two mission statements because both statements outline their Mission, Core Values, and Community, as well as other similar components.
One reflection point is both mission statements discuss diversity but do not mention anything about inclusion. Diversity refers to the traits and characteristics that make people unique while inclusion refers to the behaviors and social norms that ensure people feel welcome (reference:
https://builtin.com/diversity-inclusion). Diversity often fails when people of different backgrounds are no included in the environment. After people from different backgrounds are accepted into a place, they then become alienated, and over time the diversity falls apart. Creating inclusive environments for all types of people, provides acceptance, security, and a community for people. Inclusive environments are not only created through organizations, and events that groups of people create, but how we conduct ourselves, individual, as well. For example, avoid using labels, ensure accessibility is available to all, asses need prior to people’s arrivals, and positively acknowledge differences.
Another reflection point for both mission statements is there are no action-based statements. Throughout all sections of the mission statement, both universities make declarations about what their school strives for. These declarations discuss what these universities hope to achieve and the pillars they stand by. But, nowhere are any actionable items. Even throughout the website, there are no actionable statements of what they will do to achieve each of their core values.
NOVA Southeastern University
Vision, Mission, And Core Values – In pursuit of defining the Nova Southeastern University of tomorrow, President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. collaborated with faculty members, deans, staff, alumni, student leaders, community members, and the board of trustees to create a single-shared vision based on eight core values. The Vision 2020, Mission, and Core Values will collectively guide NSU into the future.
Vision 2020 – By 2020, through excellence and innovations in teaching, research, service, and learning, Nova Southeastern University will be recognized by accrediting agencies, the academic community, and the general public as a premier, private, not-for-profit university of quality and distinction that engages all students and produces alumni who serve with integrity in their lives, fields of study, and resulting careers.
Mission – The Mission of Nova Southeastern University, a private, not-for-profit institution, is to offer a diverse array of innovative academic programs that complement on-campus educational opportunities and resources with accessible distance learning programs to foster academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership, research, and commitment to the community through engagement of students and faculty members in a dynamic, life-long learning environment.
Academic Excellence – Academic excellence is the provision of the highest quality educational and learning experiences made possible by academically and professionally qualified and skilled instructional faculty and staff, opportunities for contextual learning, state-of-the-art facilities, beautiful surroundings, and effective resources necessary to support learning at the highest level. Additionally, academic excellence reflects the successful relationship between engaged learners and outstanding instructional faculty and staff.
Student-Centered – Students are the focus of institutional priorities, resource decisions, and planning. We are stewards of student needs and advocates for student academic success and professional development.
Integrity – Integrity involves honesty and fairness, consistency in instruction, ethics of scholarship, freedom of inquiry, and open and truthful engagement with the community through effective communication, policies, and practices.
Innovation – Innovation is the creative and deliberate application of teaching, research, scholarship, and service for effective education, and the development of useful products or processes providing a value-added to the community.
Opportunity – Opportunity fosters the possibility for anyone associated with NSU to acquire an education or an educational experience through creative, yet sound pedagogical programs.
Scholarship/Research – Research and scholarship products are disseminated and evaluated through intellectual discourse, application, assessment, and other mechanisms of the relevant peer community.
Diversity – Diversity includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, philosophy, gender, physical, socioeconomic status, age, and sexual orientation. Differences in views, interpretations, and reactions derived from diversity are important. Diversity enriches a learning environment focused on preparing individuals to live and work in a global society.
Community – NSU is a community of faculty staff, students, and alumni that share a common identity and purpose who engages with the university’s external community through diverse services, clinical programs, and community-based research and resources. Our community extends into professional, intellectual, as well as geographical domains that both support and are the focus of our educational mission.
University of San Diego
Vision – The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges.
Mission – The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders who are dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.
The Core Values – The University of San Diego expresses its Catholic identity by witnessing and probing the Christian message as proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church. The university promotes the intellectual exploration of religious faith, recruits persons and develops programs supporting the university’s mission, and cultivates an active faith community. It is committed to the dignity and fullest development of the whole person. The Catholic tradition of the university provides the foundation upon which the core values listed below support the mission.
Academic Excellence – The University pursues academic excellence in its teaching, learning, and research to serve the local, national and international communities. The University possesses the institutional autonomy and integrity necessary to uphold the highest standards of intellectual inquiry and academic freedom.
Knowledge – The University advances intellectual development; promotes democratic and global citizenship; cultivates an appreciation for beauty, goodness, and truth; and provides opportunities for the physical, spiritual, emotional, social, and cultural development of students. The University provides professional education grounded in these foundations of liberal learning while preparing students to understand complex issues and express informed opinions with courage and conviction.
Community – The University is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, and collaborative community accentuated by a spirit of freedom and charity and marked by protection of the rights and dignity of the individual. The University values students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds and faith traditions and is committed to creating an atmosphere of trust, safety, and respect in a community characterized by a rich diversity of people and ideas.
Ethical Conduct – The University provides a values-based education that informs the development of ethical judgment and behavior. The University seeks to develop ethical and responsible leaders committed to the common good who are empowered to engage a diverse and changing world.
Compassionate Service – The University embraces the Catholic moral and social tradition by its commitment to serve with compassion, to foster peace, and to work for justice. The University regards peace as inseparable from justice and advances education, scholarship, and service to fashion a more humane world.