Mission: Interpret for the general public the role and contributions of independent institutions of higher learning in rhode island; serve as a central source of information for appropriate public and private agencies, as well as the general public; maximize interrelationships between the independent and public institutions of higher learning within the state in providing optimal educational service to the people and students of rhode island; encourage and facilitate consultation and cooperation among association members regarding academic programs, research, and community service; support joint study with member institutions and appropriate public and private organizations; review the current and future ability of independent institutions of higher education in rhode island to meet the educational needs of the state; provide federal and state level policy and program leadership on higher education issues and coordinate the activities of ri's independent colleges and universities.
Programs: Collected, accumulated and disseminated information and data to the eight member institution independent colleges and universities in the state of rhode island. Communicated with individuals, organizations, and the general public to explain the contributions and impact of the eight independent higher education institutions' educational, social, cultural, and economic benefits to the people of rhode island and pursued appropriate partnerships to do so. Worked cooperatively and collaboratively with other institutions to assist in meeting the social, educational and health needs, particularly of school children in the city of providence and throughout the entire state. Worked cooperatively with the public institutions of higher education through the rhode island council on higher education and/or the rhode island board of governors for higher education on collection, sharing, and dissemination of information related to the economic, cultural, and educational contributions of higher education to the people of rhode island.