17:3128      Power to formulate master plan;  mission establishment


A. The Board of Regents shall have the power to formulate and make timely revision of a master plan for postsecondary education.  As a minimum, the plan shall include a formula for equitable distribution of funds to the institutions of postsecondary education.  The board shall submit its plan and formula for funding to the governor and the legislature.


B. (1) After consultation with each postsecondary education management board, the chancellor, and the president of each public institution of postsecondary education, the Board of Regents shall devise, describe, and establish a mission for each public university system and for each institution within each system.  Each mission statement shall be included in and form the basis of the master plan provided for in Subsection A of this Section.  Initial mission statements shall be completed no later than January 15, 1989, shall be reviewed periodically, and shall be individually revised as often thereafter as is necessary to achieve and maintain the institutional balance necessary to diversity, access, and excellence.


(2) The Board of Regents shall make such recommendations for legislative or gubernatorial action necessary to support the development of each system and institution as provided in its mission statement.  Annually, the board shall report to the legislature and the governor on the status of higher education relative to the mission statements, including in such report all revisions since the last report and any recommendations for legislative or gubernatorial action.


(3) Each mission statement devised pursuant to this Section shall include a description of:


(a) The intended role and scope of each system and institution, describing with some specificity its geographic service area and the student population intended to be served;


(b) Its public service contribution;


(c) Its academic and research goals, particularly describing programs being emphasized;  and


(d) Its contribution toward, and proper role in, the collective goals of public higher education of diversity, access, and excellence.


Added by Acts 1975, No. 313, § 1, eff. July 17, 1975.  Amended by Acts 1987, No. 241, § 1, eff. July 3, 1987;  Acts 1997, No. 1360, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1998;  Acts 2010, No. 447, § 1, eff. June 22, 2010.