For this assignment, my objective was to compare the mission statements of institutions of higher education to establish differences and similarities. I chose two universities located in the United States, the University of Minnesota, a state grant-land university, located in the state of Minnesota, and Syracuse University, a private university in Upstate New York.
As I expected, both universities have an emphasis in research and discovery. I found some of the same patterns explained in the Cortes-Sanchez’s article “What do universities want to be? A content analysis of mission and vision statements worldwide.” Syracuse University focuses on the student’s teaching process and success; this private university highlights their strategy to achieve this success, including global thinking, experiential learning, interdisciplinary scholarship, creativity, and entrepreneurial endeavor.
The University of Minnesota uses the term “community” three times in their mission statement and considers service and extension. One of the university’s mission is outreach and public service by making knowledge and resources accessible to the citizens and by working with them in the field to solve local problems.
Three aspects of this assessment caught my attention. First, both universities include in their mission an interest to build a diverse and creative community. Second, only the University of Minnesota aims to prepare their students for active roles in a multiracial and multicultural world. Finally, Syracuse University has a strong pride in its “location and history as a place of access, engagement, innovation, and impact.” Overall, the land-grant and private universities explored showed dissimilarities in their policies and philosophy, which may be transferred to their alumni.