3.1.1 Mission

The mission statement is current and comprehensive, accurately guides the institution’s operations, is periodically reviewed and updated, is approved by the governing board, and is communicated to the institution’s constituencies.

Judgment of Compliance

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Narrative of Compliance

As a member of the Texas A&M University System, Prairie View A&M University is under the control and supervision of the Board of Regents of The Texas A & M University System, in accordance with Section 87.102 of the Texas Education Code [1].The mission statement of each university in the system describes the institution and its characteristics. Texas Education Code 61.0511 requires that "Each institution of higher education shall develop a statement regarding the role and mission of the institution reflecting the three missions of higher education: teaching, research, and public service" [2].

Prairie View A&M University has a clear and comprehensive mission statement that captures the character and distinctiveness of the institution and which is reviewed and updated periodically by the institution through the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System and by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).The mission is approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in accordance with the Texas A&M University System Policy 03.02.01 [3]. System Policy requires that mission statements and modifications be developed by each academic institution with timely participation by the Board. The statement or modifications are submitted to the Chancellor and to the Board for approval [3]. The mission statement as approved by the Board of Regents must also be  approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Texas Education Code 61.051(e) [4] directs the THECB to review the Mission Statements and Tables of Programs of public institutions of higher education across the state. Review takes place once every four years and "involve[s] the chairperson of the institution's board of regents" [4].

Under Section 87.104 of the Texas Education Code, Prairie View A&M University is a land-grant institution of higher education additionally “designated as a statewide special purpose institution of higher education for instruction, research, and public service programs dedicated to enabling students” of varied backgrounds to realize their full potential and to assist communities and small business enterprises to achieve and manage growth and development [5]. The University mission statement [6] therefore reinforces the three mission areas of higher education as well as provides a foundation for the vision, Core Values,and strategic planning framework established in Policy 03.01 of the Texas A&M University System [7].

Based on the Priority Plan of 2000 (see page 5-6 of THECB Update) [8], signed in October of that year by Governor George W. Bush, the University worked to delete race-specific or exclusionary language from TEC 87.104 (legislative approval and implementation in June 2001) and the University mission statement. The mission was approved by the Board of Regents in December 2001 [9], updated by THECB on July 18, 2002, and re-approved July 20, 2006 [10] [11], after review January 12-13, 2006, by University faculty, staff, students, and administrators at a Strategic Planning-Enterprise Risk Management Retreat [12].

The mission statement [6] is disseminated to its constituencies by way of our website [13], Undergraduate [14] and Graduate Catalogs [15], conferences [16], University Fact Books [17], and on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board website with all university mission statements across the state [18]. The mission’s salient points are distributed through other University publications such as Five Points [19], Code of Conduct Publication [20], and Strategic Planning Documents [21]. The mission statement serves as the basis for strategic planning, quality enhancement planning and evaluation for the university.

Supporting Documentation and Links

Comprehensive Standards 3.1.1

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