Mission Review Procedure
February 11, 2004
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The substantive component of Mission Review begins with the Mission Review Guidance Document (Appendix D) — a series of questions about mission and projected position. The guidance questions are intended to help campuses update their distinctive role within the system and plans for strengthening academic quality. The State University of New York Sector Taxonomy (Appendix B) reflects the common missions of member campuses.
Presidents are encouraged to consult widely with faculty, administrative leaders, students and other constituencies in framing their response to the Guidance Document. Each campus makes decisions about how best to capture campus views on mission-related questions. However, campus leaders should keep the University provost’s office informed about the process it uses in developing the Mission Review summary document, including review by faculty, local faculty governance and Boards of Trustees/College Councils. The provost’s office will inform the chancellor and the University Board of Trustees as the Mission Review proceeds.
The provost’s office shall draft an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) based extensively on the campus’s Mission Summary, analysis of supporting materials and system data, and in the context of the overall direction of the University. The provost’s office prepares a list of questions (tailored specifically to that campus) that will focus a dialogue session during a campus visit by University system administration. At least three weeks in advance of the campus visit, this list of questions — expanded to include new topics raised by the completed Mission Summary document and addressing gaps in the initial MOU — shall be provided to the campus leadership. Campuses shall provide written responses.
The provost’s office will send a small group of interlocutors representing University offices to campuses for substantive dialogue with a limited number of designated campus interlocutors (including the president, chief academic officer, and a representative of the elected faculty leadership) about the current status and future scope of the institution’s mission. In addition to the provost, no more than three interlocutors from the provost’s office who are familiar with the campus shall be part of the formal discussion group. Where appropriate, there will also be representation from the offices of the vice chancellor for community colleges; Construction Fund; Research Foundation; chief financial officer; and university life and enrollment management.
The on-campus meetings (anticipated to last one full day) take place between fall (state-ops and community colleges) and spring (community colleges only).
Following the on-campus meeting of interlocutors, the provost’s office prepares a revised draft Memorandum of Understanding, which will be shared with the chancellor, campus president, and the other interlocutors. The campus, acting through its interlocutors, has extensive opportunity to comment upon, respond to, edit, and improve this draft document.
Sector and regional issues are addressed either in specific regional and sector meetings or at regularly scheduled meetings with presidents, chief academic officers, business officers and other campus representatives.
The Mission Review Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by the campus president and, following review by the University Board of Trustees, the chancellor. This document will then serve as a benchmark for the planning and evaluation of campus academic programs and institutional effectiveness, and for setting a future course for the institution and the University as a whole.
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The following link to FindLaw's New York State Laws is provided for users' convenience; it is not the official site for the State of 8 NYCRR §354 (Powers and duties of state university trustees-planning functions.) In case of questions, readers are advised to refer to the New York State Legislature site for the menu of New York State Consolidated .
The following link to FindLaw's New York State Laws is provided for users' convenience; it is not the official site for the State of
8 NYCRR §354 (Powers and duties of state university trustees-planning functions.)
In case of questions, readers are advised to refer to the New York State Legislature site for the menu of New York State Consolidated .
Memorandum to presidents from the office of the vice chancellor for academic policy dated April 4, 1977 regarding preparation of community college mission statements.
Memorandum to presidents from the office of the vice chancellor for academic policy dated March 17, 1977 regarding guidelines for the development of campus mission statements.