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. 


The university as a public institution has an obligation to listen to the needs of the state and the region, and serve the public good. What is the cultural value of our institution?

The PSU mission is to encourage independent, critical thinkers that will work collaboratively within the 21st century global world.


People, places and things that all have a vested interest in the success of the University!

People (including students, prospective students, alumni, faculty & staff, town of Plymouth residents, NH residents) and entitites (NH government, NH educational system) who are invested in or will be impacted by the success of the university.

Daily Work

We challenge our students through our course curricula to think critically about the world around them and to positively affect that world.

I am responsible for reviewing for accuracy and processing financial transactions that are submitted to our Financial Service Area. In doing so I am helping to keep Plymouth State University financially solvent.


Student Debt Crisis – “ At nearly $1.6 trillion, student loan debt exceeds accumulated car loans and even credit card debt.” Reference: Predominantly White Institution (PWI) – “ Predominantly white institution (PWI) is the term used to describe institutions of higher learning in which Whites account for 50% or greater of the student enrollment.” Reference: Our students of color face intense daily challenges. More information: