Core Requirement 2.4
The institution has a clearly defined, comprehensive, and published mission statement that is specific to the institution and appropriate for higher education. The mission addresses teaching and learning and, where applicable, research and public service. (Institutional Mission)
The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) provides a comprehensive, clear, published mission addressing teaching, learning, research and service.
USC Upstate’s mission statement is specific to the goals and intentions of the institution and serves as guidance in all activities of the University. Any changes to the mission must be approved by the Spartanburg County Commission on Higher Education, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE), pursuant to the South Carolina Code of Laws Section 59-103-45 (6). Therefore, according to the SCCHE Policies for Academic Mission, SCCHE has the authority “to review and approve each institutional mission statement to ensure it is within the overall mission of that particular type of institution”.
USC Upstate’s mission statement is published in print and electronic media formats. Selected examples include the website, 2011-2012 Student Handbook, and 2011-2012 Academic Catalog.