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The University of Texas System Office of Academic Affairs reviews requests for changes to existing mission statements.

In 2013, the Texas Legislature repealed Texas Education Code Section 61.051 (e), which directed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to review the mission statements of public institutions, typically every four years. However, each institution is still required to have a mission statement under Texas Education Code Section 51.359. Additionally, Section 51.352 of the Code, regarding the Responsibility of Governing Boards, requires governing boards to "insist on clarity of focus and mission of each institution under its governance."

In November 2014, the Board of Regents amended Rule 10402, Section 1.7 (Duties of the Academic Affairs Committee), which directs the Academic Affairs Committee to review proposed changes to an academic institution's mission statement and make recommendations to the Board for approval. A link to the UT System Board of Regents Schedule for the Periodic Review of Institutional Mission Statements is provided.

A university's President's Office should submit proposed changes to the mission statement of the university to proposal_intake@utsystem.edu with a request for consideration by the Academic Affairs Committee and the Board of Regents. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kevin Lemoine at klemoine@utsystem.edu.