Institutional Variations in Mission Statements


Virginia Tech’s mission statement focuses on the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Cecil College’s mission statement focuses on providing an enriched and supportive learning environment, the College strives to empower each student with skills, knowledge, and values needed for college success, transfer to four-year institutions, workforce entry or advancement, and personal enrichment.

The similarities in the mission statements are present in the cultural and economic development however Cecil’s is focused on the local and surrounding region while Virginia Tech’s is focused locally, nationally, and globally.

There is some consistency in the mission statements as it pertains to higher education from major research institutes to community colleges – differences exist in the mission statements due to resources and the overall goal of the majority of the students attending the university. The variations in the mission statements are there by design and are representative of the services offered by the separate institutions.

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