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 2.1 An institution must have a clearly defined purpose or mission statement appropriate to collegiate education as well as to its own specific educational role.

2.2 This statement must describe the institution and its characteristics and address the components of the institution and its operations.

2.3 The official posture and practice of the institution must be consistent with its purpose statement.

2.4 Appropriate publications must accurately cite the current statement of purpose.

2.5 The formulation of a statement of purpose represents a major educational decision. It should be developed through the efforts of the institution's faculty, administration and governing board.

2.6 It must be approved by the governing board.

2.7 An institution must study periodically its statement of purpose, considering internal changes as well as the changing responsibilities of the institution to its constituencies.

2.8 The statement of purpose serves as the foundation for all institutional operations, programs and activities. Consequently, the institution must demonstrate that its planning and evaluation processes, educational programs, educational support services, financial and physical resources, and administrative processes are adequate and appropriate to fulfill its stated purpose.

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