Blog Post 1 – Mission Statements

VT Mission Statement

“Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life”

Messiah College Mission Statement

“Our mission is to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”

Thoughts:

The search for this week got me surprised so very much by the so many differences in mission statement of the different types of universities. After reflecting on the universities and discussing about them in class showed me that there are many different types of mission statements. While the main goals and values are very similar between most universities, the way to get there is different. I think their ways depend a lot on the type of universities such as research universities, community colleges, private colleges, etc. One common concern that I found among blog posts was how the mission statements need to have a renewal date; I found multiple that were updated decades ago. I would also like to add that their vision should be align with the mission and how to get there. Another interesting fact about mission statements is how they can be inclusive, and diverse. Especially for land grant universities this is the main factor that should stand out in their mission statements. After talking to friends from other places, public universities have similar missions as these kinds of schools.

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