Amended: 06/15/1995, 09/25/1996, 06/28/2004
The mission of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher
Education is to provide an excellent, efficient, accessible and affordable
system of higher education designed to improve the overall educational
attainment of Rhode Islanders and thereby enrich the intellectual, economic,
social and cultural life of the state, its residents, and its communities.
To fulfill this mission, the Board of Governors adopts
and monitors policies to strengthen the quality of the public institutions
of higher education and produce a system of higher education that:
- Offers the highest quality academic programs from the community college
through the graduate and professional school levels.
- Establishes high standards for student academic success and ensures
that support services are in place to help students meet those standards
and earn degrees.
- Provides multiple points of entry into a higher education system free
of discrimination for students of all ages and backgrounds.
- Works to keep the price affordable and to make sufficient financial
aid available to support students with financial need as they move toward
- Establishes a clear, distinct mission statement for each of the three
institutions with the goal of minimizing duplication and maximizing efficiency.
- Advances the cohesiveness and interdependency of the system.
- Provides residents with life-long learning opportunities to update
their skills and knowledge continuously as they cope with rapidly changing
living and work environments.
- Provides opportunities for cultural enrichment to add enjoyment to
- Supports research that creates new knowledge and promotes economic
- Develops links with the state's system of pre-K-12 education to ensure
an integrated system of higher education that prepares quality teachers
and ensures that K-12 students are properly prepared to succeed at college-level
- Fosters cooperation with the independent institutions of higher education,
- Encourages cooperative ventures with other education and training
sectors and with institutions of higher education around the world.
Last updated August 10, 2004