As a state-assisted university, Missouri State University-West Plains is accountable to various publics for the fiscal management of public funds, for educational outcomes relevant to individual and social needs, and for the effective administration of University programs. The University is committed to the concept of public accountability in its broadest sense, for it is the obligation of the institution, faculty, and staff to produce outcomes consistent with goals of the institution. Such a commitment obligates the University to: (1) define institutional goals and priorities, (2) determine the degree to which goals are achieved, (3) identify and measure the outcome of its programs, and (4) measure the costs and benefits of its programs. Inherent in these obligations is a commitment to systematic institutional planning and to continuous program review and evaluation in order to ensure maintenance of quality and excellence.