Virginia Tech Mission Statement
“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.”
University of Virginia Mission Statement
“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. We are defined by:
- Our enduring commitment to a vibrant and unique residential learning environment marked by the free and collegial exchange of ideas;
- Our unwavering support of a collaborative, diverse community bound together by distinctive foundational values of honor, integrity, trust, and respect;
- Our universal dedication to excellence and affordable access.”
I chose to compare the mission statement of our own school, Virginia Tech, and the mission statement of the University of Virginia. Due to both schools having similar demographics and being located in the state of Virginia, I thought that noting the similarities and differences in their mission statements would be interesting. They are both public institutions of higher education, though Virginia Tech enrolls approximately 12,000 more undergraduate students per year. One main point that I noticed was the sweeping generalities made throughout the statement. As one would expect from a college, it is sure to mention advances in teaching, learning, and discovery as well as a variety of other commonalities. I thought that the mention of world-class patient care was an odd inclusion into the mission statement for the University of Virginia. While I am aware that they have both a nursing school and a medical school, specifying this one area seemed almost out of place, especially when they have other graduate and doctoral programs. Virginia Tech’s mission statement seemed to focus more on educational development and giving back to the community, while the University of Virginia’s statement focused more on inclusion and developing skilled individuals. I was curious as to if this difference could have had something to do with when each was written, but Virginia Tech revised theirs in 2012 and the University of Virginia in 2013. While I know that the purpose of a mission statement is to provide a general summary of the organization and its purpose, I think it would have been interesting for each university to include at least a sentence or two about how they go about working to accomplish these goals. While researching each mission statement, the webpage had additional text going into depth with other similar aspects to their mission statement, such as values that are important to the organization, ethics, and visions. These were helpful in expanding the aims of each mission statement and could have even been briefly included in the statement itself.