1: Mission and Integrity
organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of
its mission through structures and processes that involve the board,
administration, faculty, staff, and students.
Core Component - 1A.
The organization's mission documents are clear and articulate
publicly the organization's commitments.
The board has adopted statements of
mission, vision, values, goals, and organizational priorities that
together clearly and broadly define the organization's mission.
The mission, vision, values, and goals
documents define the varied internal and external constituencies
the organization intends to serve.
The mission documents include a strong
commitment to high academic standards that sustain and advance excellence
in higher learning.
The mission documents state goals for
the learning to be achieved by its students.
The organization regularly evaluates
and, when appropriate, revises the mission documents.
The organization makes the mission available
to the public, particularly to prospective and enrolled students.
Component - 1B. In its mission documents, the organization
recognizes the diversity of its learners, other constituencies,
and the greater society it serves.
In its mission documents, the organization
addresses diversity within the community values and common purposes
it considers fundamental to its mission.
The mission documents present the organization's
function in a multicultural society.
The mission documents affirm the organization's
commitment to honor the dignity and worth of individuals.
The organization's required codes of
belief or expected behavior are congruent with its mission.
The mission documents provide a basis
for the organization's basic strategies to address diversity.
Component -1C. Understanding of and support for the mission
pervade the organization.
The board, administration, faculty,
staff, and students understand and support the organization's mission.
The organization's strategic decisions
The organization's planning and budgeting
priorities flow from and support the mission.
The goals of the administrative and
academic subunits of the organization are congruent with its mission.
The organization's internal constituencies
articulate the mission in a consistent manner.
Component - 1D. The organization's governance and administrative
structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative
processes that enable the organization to fulfill its mission.
Board policies and practices document
the board's focus on the organization's mission.
The board enables the organization's
chief administrative personnel to exercise effective leadership.
The distribution of responsibilities
as defines in governance structures, processes, and activities is
understood and is implemented through delegated authority.
People within the governance and administrative
structures are committed to the mission and appropriately qualified
to carry out their defined responsibilities.
Faculty and other academic leaders share
responsibility for the coherence of the curriculum and the integrity
of academic processes.
Effective communication facilitates
governance processes and activities.
The organization evaluates its structures
and processes regularly and strengthens them as needed.
Component - 1E. The organization upholds and protects its integrity.
The activities of the organization are
congruent with its mission.
The board exercises its responsibility
to the public to ensure that the organization operates legally,
responsibly, and with fiscal honesty.
The organization understands and abides
by local, state, and federal laws and regulations applicable to
it (or bylaws and regulations established by federally recognized
The organization consistently implements
clear and fair policies regarding the rights and responsibilities
of each of its internal constituents.
The organization's structures and processes
allow it to ensure the integrity of its cocurricular and auxiliary
The organization deals fairly with its
The organization presents itself accurately
and honestly to the public.
The organization documents timely response
to complaints and grievances, particularly those of students.
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