The institution’s mission and standard of education followed by it must be clear and understood by the public at large. The nature and scope of the institution must be articulated publicly. The institution’s emphasis on research, scholarship, instruction, academic programs must be known to the public in detail.
- The institution has a widely published mission statement—approved by its governing board—that articulates a purpose appropriate for an institution of higher learning, gives direction for its efforts, and derives from, and is generally understood by, its community.
- The institution defines mission fulfillment in the context of its purpose, characteristics, and expectations. Guided by that definition, it articulates institutional accomplishments or outcomes that represent an acceptable threshold or extent of mission fulfillment.