Connecting the institutions goals , objectives and policies to the Mission Statement can be a way to meet the objectives of the students support program and include everyone in ‘shared responsibilty’ for the outcomes of the program in relation to financials, student success and the ability to influence stakeholders to commit to the program 100%.
This is not necessarily easy because each person, administrators, staff and faculty see the prospective of the program from their point of view The stakeholder views the program from a financial standpoint and is depending on accurate data to determine the outcome of the program in relation to how well budgets are managed and return on investment. The faculty may see it as a way to create better programs for students and create engagement in the classroom. The Student Affairs department may see it as a way to work and connect with other departments that help students assimilate into the academic environment and remain there until they graduate.According to Guarasca (2001) in reaffirming institutional Mission ‘the landscape of higher education is too often marked by incoherent institutions that are further fractured into separate and competing divisions and departments.Therefore Dickeson (2010)defines the ‘Mission as a means of clarity for everyone involved.The mission statement defines the scope of stakeholders ,staff and faculty in their commitment and prioritizes the goals of the institution.
Dickeson, R. C. (2010). Prioritizing academic programs and services: Reallocating resources to achieve strategic balance. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services: Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance by Dickeson, R. Copyright 2010 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Reprinted by permission of John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., via the Copyright Clearance Center. Chapter 3, “Reaffirming Institutional Mission”
Guarasci, R. (2001). Recentering learning: An interdisciplinary approach to academic and student affairs. New Directions for Higher Education, 2001(116), 101–109.
Venney ,Carmen (2015) Connecting Institutional Goals: Walden university
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Recentering Learning: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Academic and Student Affairs. New Directions for Higher Education, (116) by Guarasci, R. Copyright 2001 by JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. – JOURNALS Reprinted by permission of JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. – JOURNALS via the Copyright Clearance Center.