I use this exercise for two reasons: first, to guide students to realizing that all university units embrace particular ideas-and that in many cases even single documents reveal competing or contradictory ideas; and second, because this is often a great way to help students identify a unit or aspect of the university that interests them. I give them the following instructions.
Please select a "university document." Most likely, your document will be an on- or off-line short text produced by a campus unit (e.g., the mission statement of a club, university office, department etc.) Please provide the URL for the text/site and offer a short analysis of it. In the analysis you should pay attention to its: