Community College VS Research University Mission Statements…….

Umpqua Community College:  UCC transforms lives and enriches communities.

Virginia Tech:  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.

Having grown up in rural Oregon, UCC is where I started my college education albeit while as a senior in high school.  I took college credit Calculus, Spanish, and English at the campus.  Now, I’m attending VT for a PhD in Business with a concentration in Hospitality Management.  It’s intoxicating in a way to see the dichotomy between the two mission statements lined up side by side……you can really tell that one is a focused on meetings basic expectations and the other is programmed with a mindset of forward thinking and changing the world at large through research and development.

I’m thinking about it and realize that both schools experienced an active shooter in the past 10 years.  What are the chances of that?  How has that experience transformed or challenged current and future mission statements?  I wonder if any language of the VT mission statement changed after 2007?  Will the UCC mission statement change considering the recent atrocity?


Cheers, Lehi

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