Two mission statements I chose to use for this assignment were from two colleges that I attended prior to coming to Virginia Tech. The first is from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, where I completed my master’s degree. This university does offer doctorate level degrees as well. The second mission statement is from the community college where I started my higher education experience. It is from Helena College University of Montana, located in Helena, MT.
University of Hawaii at Hilo:
ʻAʻohe pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi.
One learns from many sources.
The purpose of our university ʻohana (family) is to challenge students to reach their highest level of academic achievement by inspiring learning, discovery and creativity inside and outside the classroom. Our kuleana(responsibility) is to improve the quality of life of the people of Hawaiʻi, the Pacific region and the world.
What I appreciate about this mission statement is that it includes aspects of the Hawaiian language and culture. Feeling that responsibility to take care of the land and each other is such a big part of Hawaiian culture. I like the acknowledgement that learning takes place in many different forms, not just the classroom, and I greatly appreciate the emphasis on improving quality of life around the world. This speaks highly to me as a counselor, so I am very happy to have earned my degree there. The only other aspect that I would have expected from this mission statement was some sort of comment about diversity. At the time that I was there, it was rated as the most diverse student population of any 4 year public institution in the country.
In contrast, Helena College:
Helena College University of Montana, a comprehensive two-year college, provides access to and support of lifelong educational opportunities to our diverse community.
This mission statement is much shorter and to the point, which makes sense to me being a community college. What stood out to me was the emphasis on “diverse community.” With the University of Hawaii demonstrating such a diverse student population, I find it interesting that the community college I started at actually is the one mentioning diversity because Helena, Montana does not have nearly the diverse population as Hilo, Hawaii. I appreciate the “lifelong educational opportunities” because being a community college, there tend to be more diverse ages of the students. These were aspects that stood out to me when looking at various colleges and universities mission statements to do this assignment.