an exercise in exploring complexity and tension


Now that we’ve taken the time to define a library of example missions, stakeholders, daily work, and contexts, let’s reflect upon our results. Below, you will see a random collection of two items someone submitted for each of the nodes. Look them over and consider them in conversation with each other. Do you notice any inherent tensions or conflicts between or among what is listed? If so, note your refelction in the form below. When you submit it, a new collection will appear. If you don’t notice anything worth recording, you can refresh the page and try again. 


Mission: Plymouth State University inspires, prepares and empowers learning participants to be educated, engaged and productive citizens through transdisiplinary education and collaborative work.

That we have students leave with a means to sustain themselves. That they are content in their vocation, and feel that they are adding to society or humanity as a whole. Ut prosim.


Staff members utilizing access to PSU’s grad programs to improve their education and skills.

A group of stakeholders at PSU includes citizens of New Hampshire, who support* the school through taxes and depend upon graduates of the university to fulfill a variety of public and private roles in the local and state communities.

Daily Work

Using current assessment methodologies, we work collaboratively with program leadership and participants to assess academic, co-curricular and administrative programs against established outcomes and develop strategies for program growth and improved learning.

We work to provide students with competitive educational experiences to prepare them for a future after graduation. We do this while also trying to attend to their personal and basic needs to thrive as students.


Aging population, oldest state, lowest state support in the nation, fewer high school population/demographics, crushing student debt affecting the questionable value of higher education, no jobs or stimulated economy in NH; first generation, low income population; proximity to Boston, Canada, seacoast. Environment – natural beauty, activities and resources; small, caring community atmosphere with a sense of belonging.