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
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.