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Mission vs. Function

Mission vs. Function

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Presentation graphics for discussion of how operational constraints affect educational aspiration.
Identifies differences between latent and manifest missions and functions.
Gives priority rule for the ranking of missions or functions.

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Presentation graphics for discussion of how operational constraints affect educational aspiration.
Identifies differences between latent and manifest missions and functions.
Gives priority rule for the ranking of missions or functions.

(Free supporting literature at www.newfoundations.com. Search by title.)

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MISSION vs FUNCTION
Operational Constraints on Educational Aspiration
Estimating the probability of change in any long established organization. Assessing ³political inertia.´ Identifying actual rather than professed organizational priorities.
© 2003 Edward G. Rozycki

mission vs function 2 Some Provocative Questions Why don¶t the best teachers teach the worst students? What is the ³real purpose´ of this university? Which curricular items are most vulnerable to budget cuts? Why was The Eight Year Study forgotten? © 2003 Edward G. Rozycki .

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Maslow·s Metaphor: Hierarchies of ´Needsµ
low
self-actualization, integrity, spiritual development

self-esteem, inner peace

esteem, power, control

companionship, affiliation, sex

air, water, food, shelter
high

Apply the metaphor to organizations!
© 2003 Edward G. Rozycki

mission vs function 4 Functions and Missions Possible Functions Supervision of Students Providing Meals Engaging Local Vendors Transportation Services Employing Personnel Possible Missions Promoting Diversity Developing Academic Competencies Training Social Skills Passing on Moral Traditions Developing Citizenship © 2003 Edward G. Rozycki .

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A Continuum
to be achieved hoped, striven for celebrated failure a ³spur´ recurrent expected not celebrated failure outrageous

MISSION
Critical Thinking Citizenship Math Skills Tolerance Literacy

FUNCTION

Food Services Employment

© 2003 Edward G. Rozycki

mission vs function 6 Latent Functions Recurrent consequences Normally overlooked Considered often with dismay Often the result of Manifest Functions and Missions © 2003 Edward G. Rozycki .

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Latent, Manifest Functions and Missions
MISSION
Community Involvement Gender Equality Promote OBE
© 2003 Edward G. Rozycki

MANIFEST FUNCTION Interscholastic Athletics Reduce Sexual Segregation Relax Disciplinary Boundaries

LATENT FUNCTION Strengthens ³Castes´ Increase Pregnancies Destabilize University Governance

Functions and Costs MISSION / FUNCTION Fielding a ³Nationally Recognized´ Football Team OBSCURE COSTS Gender Bias in PE Allocations Campus Beautification Reduced Instructional and Research Funding © 2003 Edward G.mission vs function 8 Missions. Rozycki .

Rozycki .mission vs function 9 Functional Failure / Coalitions of Protest MISSION ACHIEVED remarked upon. restricted coalition of protest FUNCTION expected. unremarkable taken for granted remarked upon with dismay. outrage broad coalition of protest NOT ACHIEVED © 2003 Edward G. celebrated rued.

mission vs function 10 Functional Needs Take Precedence Over Mission Examples: Faculty appointment to administrative functions opens teaching vacancies. Large lecture courses to free research faculty undermines teaching mission © 2003 Edward G. Rozycki . Administrative veto over faculty governance decisions demoralizes faculty.

Rozycki .priority of function or mission +) © 2003 Edward G.mission vs function 11 The Priority Rule + a c h i e v e m e n t - The priority ranking of a function or mission is directly related to the size of the coalition of protest its non-achievement would provoke.size of coalition of protest + (. .

size of coalition of protest + © 2003 Edward G.priority of function or mission +) . Rozycki (.mission vs function 12 Possible Changes in Priority + a c h i e v e m e n t - The graphs illustrate how very much priorities may change for different levels of achievement. .

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