The two higher education institutions that I chose for this blog post are Michigan State University and North Carolina University (NCSU). My choice for Michigan State University (MSU) was pretty simple since I received my Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics there in August 2016. My second choice was a request by one of my close friends schooling at NCSU and to whom I talked about this assignment.
Both schools are public land-grant universities located in the State of Michigan and North-Carolina (U.S.) respectively. As can been seen below, MSU’s mission statement revolves around three pillars: education, research, and outreach. On the other hand, although NCSU mission statement didn’t specifically use those same three words, it is clearly shown that it shares many similarities with MSU’s statement.
I found MSU’s mission statement to be a little more detailed and easier to comprehend. First, by using bullets points, MSU’s mission statement clearly showed the different areas that are key to their mission. On the other hand, NCSU’s mission statement, which is a one-paragraph text is a little more difficult to dissect. In terms of their similarities, both statements employ the term research, but in a slightly different way. Also, while MSU clearly talks about providing education to specific groups of students, NCSU uses the term “teach”, which as we all know is closely related to students. Third, both schools express in their respective statement, their desire to induce technological or economic development and to transform lives at home and around the world.
It is worth noting that Virginia Tech’s (which is also a public land-grant university) mission statement is centered around the same values: education, research, and outreach. Same applies to other schools that are neither public, nor land-grant universities (e.g. Harvard, Princeton, and Yale).
It is my first time taking a closer look at schools mission statements, and I really enjoyed reading and analyzing them. I was also genuinely impressed by how articulate and they were.
NB: The mission statements discussed are shown below and were copied from their school’s website. See link below each statement.
Michigan State University Mission Statement
“As a public, research-intensive, land-grant university funded in part by the state of Michigan, our mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives by:
- providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to promising, qualified students in order to prepare them to contribute fully to society as globally engaged citizen leaders
- conducting research of the highest caliber that seeks to answer questions and create solutions in order to expand human understanding and make a positive difference, both locally and globally
- advancing outreach, engagement, and economic development activities that are innovative, research-driven, and lead to a better quality of life for individuals and communities, at home and around the world”
North Carolina State University Mission Statement
“As a research-extensive land-grant university, North Carolina State University is dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and engagement with public and private partners. By uniting our strength in science and technology with a commitment to excellence in a comprehensive range of disciplines, NC State promotes an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world”.