The mission statement is current and comprehensive, accurately guides the institution’s operations, is periodically reviewed and updated, is approved by the governing board, and is communicated to the institution’s constituencies.
The College clarifies the issue with regard to dates when the mission statement was reviewed, and supports the view that the 5 year periodicity for review is appropriate and sufficient since this review is linked to a 5 year strategic planning period, as well as the fact that mission related issues are discussed during the interim by the board and faculty.
The college’s response to standard 2.4 that the mission statement was approved in AY 2004-2005 was in error. The mission statement was last approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2003.
The off-site committee further expressed concern about the currency of the mission statement inasmuch as it has not been reviewed since 2003.
Although the Board of Trustees last reviewed the mission statement in February, 2003, it has undertaken a review of various aspects of the mission since that time. In particular, it has discussed matters related to institutional size, consideration of co-educational institution, challenges to its niche market, and expansion of programs, to include consideration of graduate programming at its February meeting 2007. This meeting was a one-day meeting where a substantial amount of time was dedicated to these topics. (See minutes of the Board of Trustees for February 2007).
At the trustee retreat, scheduled in conjunction with its November 2008 meeting, the board will undertake a formal review of the mission statement. This five-year review cycle meets the requirements for periodic review of the mission statement and when taken in light of the board’s interim discussion about mission-related issues reflects currency of the College’s mission statement.