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An educational model does not exist independently of an institution’s mission, budget, vision, sociopolitical context, and other factors. For this Discussion, consider the relationship between a model and those other contextual factors. To prepare: Return to your Assignment from last week, and consider the relevance of specific education models in carrying forward the mission of an institution you select. Consider how a model can help the institution maintain a competitive advantage and adhere to relevant accreditation standards. Assignment: post responses to the following: Briefly describe the institution and the model. Identify any approvals that need to be sought. Explain how the model addresses competitive advantage for the institution. Provide a rationale for how the selected education model aligns with the mission of the institution you selected (e.g., retention, attrition, remediation, readiness, preparation). last weeks assignment: Distinct models in institutions Introduction Educational institutions have different models that facilitate their growth and development. The models range from financial, governance and sports activities. These models define the type of institutions and the status to which they exist in the society. Additionally, the models help universities gain a competitive advantage over others thus attracting more smart students. In this paper, the Queens University competitive sports model and the University of Cape Town governance model is discussed. Queens University competitive sports model The Queens University competitive sports model was adopted in August 2010 to develop a competitive age in university sports. The model maintains the competitive opportunities that exist in sports and continues to support more opportunities towards the success of competitive sports. The model is progressive, competitive, and sustainable thus it offers best services in terms of wellness, recreation, sports, and fitness to students. Many students will prefer such a model since it provides them with an environment for growth holistically. The model groups competitive sports opportunities into three categories. Varsity clubs, varsity teams, and recreation clubs. The three categories will help pursue competitive sports at the highest level at the same time broadening the participation niche of these sporting activities at large. Competitive sports unite people from different varsities and educational backgrounds who come together to serve a course that would help them build not only their health but also their careers. A university or a high school that offers competitive sporting activities to the students is highly valued compared to the ones that offer only excellent academic activities to the students in the institution (Pope, Kuhn, & Forster, 2009). Sporting activities thus offer a competitive advantage to institutions compared to others around the world. Competitive advantage is seen through the increased demand for sports excellence in the country. Queens University recognizes that education should extend beyond the walls of a lecture hall thus providing the chance for students to take part in the co-curriculum activities in the institution. Sports are important to the lives of students in many ways. Sports help impact discipline to students and the increase the feeling of togetherness. In addition to that, participants in sports create a spirit of teamwork. The virtues and qualities are used to grow the students in their future careers and within the universities. Sports also ensure that students make their leisure time worthwhile in that, they do not waste their time planning for riots and other criminal activities. Parents thus will prefer to have their students in educational institutions with a variety of co-curricular activities such as sporting that will ensure that their students utilize their time to the maximum. Sports help students work hard through physical stimulation thus becoming important to the students fraternity at large. The whole competitive advantage of sports is seen through these values in the universities. The University of Cape Town governance model The University of Cape Town governance model is essential as it helps in developing the governing bodies of the universities. Governing bodies are important as they help in maintaining the reputation of institutions and organizations in the society. The impact of good governance is not only felt in the business entities but also in the educational institutions. Good corporate governance is a critical tool for gaining competitive advantage in the market. The University of Cape Town has demonstrated the importance of good governance model as a tool for competitive advantage in the world. The university based in South Africa has worked to ensure that there is flexibility in the systems that will ensure quality service delivery. In the University of Cape Town, good governance is used to add value and manage risks that the institution faces. Good governance has numerous benefits including; promoting the community confidence, supports ethical decisions and leading to better decision-making among others. When these benefits are achieved, it becomes easy for institutions to become competitive (Mwanaka & Mawere, 2015). The good leadership displayed by the University of Cape Town has enhanced its growth and development into a globally competitive institution. The university has managed to lead in the entire continent for an extended period owing to the leadership qualities that emerge from the vice chancellors. Good leadership has thus proven to be essential for growth and development of institutions in order for them to become global leaders. Conclusion Different models in the learning institutions are important in achieving targets created by the institutions in the world. Competitive advantage is achieved according to how the models of the institutions react towards curriculum development in the schools. It is thus important for institutions to ensure that different models are utilized to create a unique environment about a given institution in the long run. Queens University competitive sports model and the University of Cape Town good governance model provide evidence on the importance of good models that define an institution. For schools to achieve a competitive advantage over others, they have to ensure that there is a developed and well defined model that will act as a marketing tool (Silk, Andrews, & Cole, 2005). References; Pope, N., Kuhn, K.-A. L., & Forster, J. (2009). Digital sport for performance enhancement and competitive evolution: Intelligent gaming technologies. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. Mwanaka, T. R., & Mawere, M. (2015). Democracy, good governance and development in Africa. Place of publication not identified: Langaa Rpcig. Silk, M. L., Andrews, D. L., & Cole, C. L. (Eds.). (2005). Sport and corporate nationalisms (pp. 1-12). Oxford: Berg. Readings Behling, L. L. (Ed.). (2014). The resource handbook for academic deans (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. Chapter 25, “Establishing and Implementing Your Vision: Strategic Planning in Academic Affairs” (pp. 149–154) Forsythe, R. G., Jr., Chacon, F. J., Spicer, D. Z., & Valbuena, A., (2012). Two case studies of learner analytics in the university system of Maryland. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/two-case-studies-learner-analytics-university-system-maryland Media Laureate Education (Producer). (2015h). Office of student engagement [Multimedia file]. Baltimore, MD: Author. Grand City Community Click on the link to go into the Grand City Community and go to Grand City University, Administration Office. View the “Office of Student Engagement” media segment.