KCTCS Mission Approval Procedures
Policy Number: 1.2.1
Current Effective Date: 02/15/2022
Original Effective Date: 11/30/2004
Revision Dates: 05/10/2007, 02/15/2022
Revision Number: 2
Revision Summary: Revisions to the format and periodic review sections, alignment to the new policy format.
Responsible Official: KCTCS President
References: Board of Regents Policy 1.2
All College Mission statements must be periodically reviewed and approved by the System’s governing board, the KCTCS Board of Regents, to meet Board policy and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) principles/accreditation criteria.
This policy applies to all KCTCS colleges.
KCTCS Board of Regents policy and accreditation criteria require that each college’s mission statement be periodically reviewed and approved by the governing board, the KCTCS Board of Regents.
The college mission statement is to be consistent with state statutes, the Council on Postsecondary Education’s strategic agenda, and the KCTCS mission. It shall be clearly defined, published, specific to the institution, and appropriate to an institution of higher education, addressing teaching and learning and, where applicable, research and public service.
Mission Statement Approval Process
- Review of mission statement by college faculty, staff, and administration.
- Endorsement by local college Board of Directors.
- Review by Chancellor.
- Review and approval by the KCTCS President and KCTCS Board of Regents.
KCTCS College Mission Format
The mission statement should be a concise and inspiring statement that captures the college’s teaching and learning mission and fits into the overarching KCTCS Mission Statement.
The mission statement must be followed by (or include) a statement noting that the institution is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. This statement should follow the college mission statement on the college website, in the KCTCS Catalog, etc. This statement reflects and affirms that the college is part of a System of Colleges under Board of Regents governance.
The college mission statement should be reviewed as noted in Item A as part of the college’s regular strategic planning process, which follows the KCTCS Strategic Planning process. All college mission statements will be reviewed and approved collectively by the Board of Regents at their June meeting in the fiscal year that the KCTCS Strategic Plan is approved. No more than four years should pass between each iteration of mission statement review and approval.
Should a college require a mission review/approval out of the normal approval sequence, they will request approval from the KCTCS President to follow the regular Mission Approval Process in Section A to bring the mission statement forward for approval at a regularly-scheduled Board of Regents meeting.