Mission and Goals Committee
The Committee on College Mission and Goals is charged with the review and revision of the mission and vision statements every three to five years as part of the strategic planning process. (Charter and By-Laws of the Council of Rhode Island College, Article XII, Section A, 1c)
The Committee welcomes campus suggestions and recommendations on the current institutional mission statements. Please note that you are not required to leave an email address, but if you do it will help the committee to follow up with you regarding your comments.
Current College Mission Statement
Rhode Island College is one of the region's leading comprehensive public colleges. Our mission is to offer accessible higher education of the finest quality to traditional and non-traditional students from around the state, the region, and beyond. Students here are members of a caring community that respects diversity and values academic excellence informed by cultural inquiry, civic engagement, and co-curricular activity. The college offers a wide variety of liberal arts, science, and professional programs in which dedicated faculty work with students to achieve the promise of higher education: an open and inquiring mind.
As you prepare to provide input, please consider some of the following points about institutional mission statements:
An institutional mission statement:
- Describes what the college is trying to do as an educational institution and what it is committed to
- Says what is important about an institution
- Is an explanation of what a college does, why, and for whom
- Is ideally 40 to 70 words in length
An institutional mission statement is not:
- What a college does day to day
- A vision statement about the hopes for the institution
- A list of specific objectives and goals that the institution will fulfill
You may also want to use the following questions as guide to submitting comments
- What do you like best and least about the current mission statement?
- Does the mission statement indicate the primary functions of the institution?
- Does it indicate who the stakeholders are? (i.e.,students, faculty, administration, alumni, donors, community)?