We're facing another accreditation thing soon, so there's been lots of preparatory stuff happening.
One of the things that happened at some point is that someone went around campus and asked people to talk about the NWU mission statement, and no one could. That statement was adopted at a time in the past when mission statements were supposed to say pretty much everything about a place, and tended to be a paragraph long.
Now, of course, the fashion is for short, pithy statements.
I don't tend to think highly of mission statements. Like gnomic statements (hi Classics Guy!), they're short and pithy and pretty much that's their value. Or they're long and no one can actually remember them. Now, recognize that you're reading the words of someone who has trouble saying the pledge of allegiance, long before I get to the under god part, because I think we should pledge to the constitution rather than the flag.
But, if I had my druthers, our mission would be "End patriarchy."
But you know that would scare the dickens out of lots of people, right? Or maybe I could go with "Play bikes and read!"
So what would your scary mission statement be?