Comprehensive Standard 3.1.1
The institution has a clear and comprehensive mission statement that guides it; is approved by the governing board; is periodically reviewed by the board; and is communicated to the institution’s constituencies. (Mission)
The mission of the University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) outlines the institution’s purpose and role in higher education relative to teaching, research, and public service. The current mission statement reflects revisions that were approved by the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Faculty Senate, and Staff Council in spring, 2006. The final approvals for the revisions to the mission statement were made on May 2006 by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE) and June 2006 by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. The mission statement is reviewed and updated periodically within the strategic planning process that includes review of the vision, goals and objectives.
The mission statement accurately guides the institution’s operation. The statement is congruent with the institution’s vision and values. It is from the mission statement that the institution establishes goals to extend and explain in greater detail the institution’s operation. It is then used annually to prioritize tactics in the strategic planning process.
The mission statement is communicated to the University’s constituencies through online and current campus publications including the website, 2011-2012 Academic Catalog, and 2011-2012 Student Handbook.