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. 


Educate students so they are prepared to navigate a complex world. Equip students with our institutional value: that I may serve.

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?


Students, both current and alumni. Current students are looking for a quality education that will allow them to secure employment and pay off their student debt. Alumni are invested in a university that has a solid reputation that reflects the coming trends in higher education.

State/country – building educated population capable of sustaining, improving, and developing economic, political, and community

Daily Work

We support building operations to ensure that our learning spaces are fit for student use, and have equipment that is conducive to student learning.

Instruct classes ( plan, grade, teach, follow up w/ students, collaborate with external Partners and colleagues, navigate new tech tools ) academically advise UG students, serve on 3 steering committees, serve on Grad committees, respond to Admin requests, submit care forms, talk with parents, host new student open house days, connect students to needed services, advocate for students with extenuating circumstances,


Public university vs. private university. Within the context of support a large percentage of first generation students. How does this context influence student expectations of experience? Relates to focus of educational experience- career or learning.

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.