Comparing Mission Statements- Howard vs. Harvard


Howard university mission statement:  

“Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Moreover, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world. With an abiding interest in both domestic and international affairs, the University is committed to continuing to produce leaders for America and the global community.”

My reflection:

The first distinguishing feature in this statement is about being a prestigious historically black university. The next significant feature for me is how long it is compared to other mission statements (take the Harvard Mission Statement below as an example). It unconsciously makes me wonder why they felt the need to explain themselves so much. Also, I get the feeling of inclusion, diversity, and being open to all (again, more clearly seen when you read the example of Harvard!)

Harvard Mission Statement:                                   

“The mission of Harvard College is to educate the citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. We do this through our commitment to the transformative power of a liberal arts and sciences education.”

My reflection:

The first thing that stands out for me about the Harvard mission statement is the emphasis on the word citizen, two times in just two sentences! Loud and clear! It makes me wonder if international talents are welcome at Harvard University? The second bold thing in the statement is training leaders. The whole mission statement understandably comes from a position of power and boldness.

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