Board Oversight of Equitable Student Success


Establishing, disseminating, and keeping current the mission of the institution

  • One of the key roles of the board is to guide the institution as it strives to maintain its mission​
  • Institutional missions provide an overview of the institution’s goals

Action Items

  • Using equity and student success as a guide, examine whether equitable student success is indicated as part of the mission, vision, values.

Metrics and Assessment Tactics

  • Identify what key words in the mission are “equity-centered.”​
  • Use a mission rubric​.
  • Review institutional data.
  • Check institutional values statements and vision statements​.
  • Show ways and places that mission, vision, and values manifest equitable student success.

Questions to Pose

  • Does this mission fit where we are as an institution now? ​
  • How might the mission need to be adapted so that it aligns with where we are as an institution?​
  • How can we make current our mission in our vision and strategic plan?​
  • How does our board demonstrate its commitment to achieving equitable student success?

What does success look like?

Your mission is aligned with equitable student success goals.

Equitable student success is embodied in the mission, vision, and strategic plan.

An Institutional Example:

University of Louisville Mission & Vision Statement​

Mission Statement​

The University of Louisville pursues excellence and inclusiveness in its work to educate and serve its community through:​

  • teaching diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in order to develop engaged citizens, leaders, and scholars,
  • practicing and applying research, scholarship and creative activity, and ​
  • providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities.​

The University is committed to achieving preeminence as a premier anti-racist metropolitan research university.​

Vision Statement​

The University of Louisville will be recognized as a great place to learn, a great place to work, and a great place in which to invest because we celebrate diversity, foster equity, and strive for inclusion.

“We are excited to work with the Gates Foundation to develop and provide board members with resources to help them oversee and advance student success. This grant will allow us to create an informative and practical curriculum for boards with actionable recommendations and resources.”

Henry Stoever

President and CEO, AGB