In this blog post I examined two different mission statements from 2 different universities within the United States. In the hopes of seeing some very contrasting results biased on what each university emphasizes I choose to look at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Amherst College. Theses colleges are both located in Massachusetts, within 90 miles of each other. The former being well known for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the latter being the one of the best liberal arts colleges in the US, according to US news (www.usnews.com/).
Here are the two mission statements for these universities:
“The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.
The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind.”
“Amherst College educates men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence.
Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, Amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum.
Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.”
I think these mission statements were both appropriate for each university’s’ specific target demographic/overarching goal of the university. I do find it interesting that each mission statement specifically mentions the area that the school is known for. I think MIT’s statement is more geared towards solving problems we face in the 21st century for the betterment of the world, while Amherst’s statement spells out that they want to create well rounded individuals to better help people in the world’s community. Again, this goes back to the fact these schools are catering towards what they are known for. I will say I find it interesting that while these schools are vastly different their end goal is improving technology or helping people to create a better world for everyone.