The Network of Sacred Heart Schools is composed of independent educational institutions historically interrelated and committed to the vision articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The purpose of the Network is to provide education, services and programs to further Sacred Heart education in the United States. Each member institution in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. Membership in the Network is dependent upon commitment to the philosophy of and formal accountability to the Society of the Sacred Heart. This relationship of member schools to the Society of the Sacred Heart is monitored by a specific Sacred Heart system of institutional evaluation.