What is institution?


An institution is any structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behavior of a set of individuals within a given community — may it be human or a specific animal one. Institutions are identified with a social purpose, transcending individuals and intentions by mediating the rules that govern cooperative living behavior.

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Some articles on institution:

Hiwassee College - Accreditation
... it attained candidacy status for accreditation as a Category II institution by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) this status is effective for a period of five years ... Candidacy (pre-accreditation) indicates that the institution is in basic compliance with the standards and criteria, has been evaluated by an on-site peer team, and in the ... theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church ...
Carnegie Classification Of Institutions Of Higher Education - Undergraduate Profile - Transfer Origin
... the percentage of students who transfer to the institution, and only applies to four year or higher institutions ... Lower transfer-in (LTI)—fewer than 20 percent of students transfer into the institution. 19 percent of students transfer into the institution ...
Instituto Tecnológico Superior De Zacapoaxtla
... Just barely after three years of existence, the institution saw itself providing help and leadership during the disaster that occurred in the northern part of the state of Puebla due to ... The institution helped to provide relief to local and neighboring communities that suffered great loss of life and property ... Much of the research carried on by the institution focuses on the ecology of the region ...
Jommeke - Main Characters - Koningin Van Onderland
... taken prison by the angry parents of the children and brought to a mental institution ... Jommeke keeps on putting her back in the institution ... the queen of the underworld is released from the institution an she stays in her castle now ...
... The term may also be used to refer to committing a particular individual to an institution, such as a mental institution ... in a political sense to apply to the creation or organization of governmental institutions or particular bodies responsible for overseeing or implementing policy, for example in welfare or development ...

More definitions of "institution":

  • (noun): An establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated.
  • (noun): An organization founded and united for a specific purpose.
    Synonyms: establishment
  • (noun): A custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society.
    Example: "The institution of marriage"; "the institution of slavery"; "he had become an institution in the theater"

Famous quotes containing the word institution:

    The post-office appeared a singularly domestic institution here. Ever and anon the stage stopped before some low shop or dwelling, and a wheelwright or shoemaker appeared in his shirt- sleeves and leather apron, with spectacles newly donned, holding up Uncle Sam’s bag, as if it were a slice of home-made cake, for the travelers, while he retailed some piece of gossip to the driver, really as indifferent to the presence of the former as if they were so much baggage.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    But however the forms of family life have changed and the number expanded, the role of the family has remained constant and it continues to be the major institution through which children pass en route to adulthood.
    Bernice Weissbourd (20th century)

    The institution of the family is decisive in determining not only if a person has the capacity to love another individual but in the larger social sense whether he is capable of loving his fellow men collectively. The whole of society rests on this foundation for stability, understanding and social peace.
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan (20th century)