OSE College Mission Documents

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OSE College Mission Documents

,,do All of these are DRAFT and need to be adapted and adopted by the OSE College Board and OSE College Community.

Mission documents typically include

  • a mission statement -- what we do now (assumes the college is operating), who we serve, and what the outcomes are
  • a vision statement -- what we want to become (3-5 years or more)
  • other purposes -- if there is a mission that flows from the greater organization, such as a church may also want students to take a pledge
  • values -- how we conduct all our actions leading to the mission and other purposes
  • educational outcomes -- what students from our programs all should achieve on completion
  • methods -- how we achieve the mission at a higher level
  • OSE College Strategic Plan -- how we get from the mission to the vision or an in-between step -- usually a bigger doc


The mission of OSE College is to prepare practitioner-scholars who will contribute to an open source economy through social enterprise.


The long-term vision of the college is to be a major source of change, world-wide, leading to an alternate economy of abundance that elevates the standard of living for all people, provides the means for self-determination, collaborates on an open knowledge base, and develops localized self-reliance for regions, while reducing the impact on the planet over today's ecology of scarcity.

The college will progress to creating and partnering with certificates, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. Graduates from associate programs will work in enterprises and continue to develop their skills and capabilities. Bachelor's graduates will lead projects and improve open source designs and processes. Master's ad doctoral program graduates will found new enterprises and replicate OSE sites. Doctoral graduates will contribute to the theory of open-source technology, industry, ecology and economics. College faculty will continue to advance the college and support a global network of campuses.

Other Purposes


,,do review these using the Guiding Philosophies

Educational Competencies

General Engineering Skills

Graduates of the degree programs and certificates will have developed and demonstrated the following competencies:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex problems by applying principles of engineering, science, systems thinking, and mathematics together with open source technology, information, collaboration, and techniques
  2. an ability to apply design to produce open source solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, for a range of purposes including collaborating, leading, sharing, and teaching
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use judgment to draw conclusions and make iterative improvements
  7. an ability to acquire, share, and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. an ability to apply the above principles to create and maintain beneficial enterprises serving a community while practicing the values of OSE College

Adapted from ABET Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs > Student Outcomes and the OSE Wiki.

General Education

General education when done for a degree program also needs to include the well-rounded liberal outcomes ind addition to the outcomes above. A sample set could include these based on the LEAP general education outcomes and the basic employability skills from the Business Roundtable. More detail is available at Head4Knowledge blog.

Learning Skills

This set of skills apply to all skills that follow and serve to improve any aspect of knowledge or performance.

  • Assessment
  • Generalization
  • Transfer
  • Research
  • Creativity
  • Evaluation
  • Self-development

Integrative and Applied Learning

This set of skills apply to all skills that follow and serve to apply multiple skills in unison.

  • Creativity
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Design
  • Synthesis
  • Specialized Competencies


  • Integrity
  • Initiative, Goals & Self-managing
  • Dependable & Reliable
  • Adaptable
  • Professional

Intellectual & Practical

  • Reading & Writing
  • Inquiry, Analysis, & Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
  • Technology & Information
  • Curious & Creative


  • Respect
  • Communication in multiple media (text, graphic, audio, video, specialized systems)
  • Teamwork
  • Ethical Reasoning

Organizations & Productivity

  • Organizations & How They Work
  • Planning & Managing Tasks
  • Stakeholder Focus
  • Metrics & Quality
  • Budgeting & Finance


  • Cultures & Societies
  • Governments & Laws
  • Public Health & Safety
  • Economics & Sustainability
  • Civic Service & Responsibility