I select two universities from Virginia in United States to compare their mission statements: Virginia Tech which is a public land-grant university and the University of Virginia which is a public university.
The mission statement for Virginia Tech is “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.”
The mission statement for the University of Virginia is “The University of Virginia is a public institution of higher learning guided by a founding vision of discovery, innovation, and development of the full potential of talented students from all walks of life. It serves the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world by developing responsible citizen leaders and professionals; advancing, preserving, and disseminating knowledge; and providing world-class patient care.” They are defined by their “enduring commitment to a vibrant and unique residential learning environment marked by the free and collegial exchange of ideas”; their “unwavering support of a collaborative, diverse community bound together by distinctive foundational values of honor, integrity, trust, and respect”; and their “universal dedication to excellence and affordable access”.
Both of them aim to disseminate knowledge, cultivate talents and serve the society. But as a land-grant university, Virginia Tech also commit to outreach and engagement. For example, in our college (Natural Resources and Environment), we have extension programs and faculty members. Based on my volunteer experience, it encorages me to share my research findings with the public and conduct scientific research that has immediate applicability to public concerns. I am so glad I am here.