Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Endless Good Argument: The Adaptation of Mission at Two Liberal Arts Colleges

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From Volume 33 Number 4 | June–August 2005
By Matthew Hartley, Lawrence M. Schall

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Swarthmore College, Olivet College

Institutional mission influences college and university decision making by providing a shared sense of understanding about core values and aspirations. For institutions to maintain the benefits of having a clear mission, they must periodically revise and redefine the institutional purpose. This article compares the changing missions of two liberal arts colleges and reveals striking commonalities in how this process is accomplished. It also describes several factors that influence mission change.

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