Western Oregon University's Preamble and Mission Statement
Western Oregon University offers exemplary undergraduate and graduate programs in a supportive and rigorous learning environment. Oregon’s oldest public university, WOU works to ensure the success of students and the advancement of knowledge as a service to Oregon and the region. The University works in partnership with PK-12 schools, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, government, and local and global communities.
Western Oregon University is a comprehensive public university, operating for the public good, which:
Effective Learning - Learning is the primary mission of the university; it is not only what we do, but what we do best. To accomplish this, WOU sets and implements rigorous standards and assessment measures to evaluate the quality of teaching, learning experiences, and student success. We encourage and support distinctive and innovative programs and delivery methods, which respond to the changing needs of students and society. We create an environment in which student success is paramount and a shared responsibility of everyone at the university. WOU supports learning with a coordinated system of academic and non-academic programs, processes, and resources. We ensure that student advising is consistent, accurate, timely, personalized, and collaborative. We encourage greater participation in programs that facilitate understanding and the exchange of people and ideas in international, multicultural, and cross-cultural arenas.
Supports Diversity - By providing a multicultural campus community, WOU offers students the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to function effectively within and beyond their cultural boundaries as required in today’s global society. To accomplish this WOU has developed active communities of learning representing diverse populations and perspectives. We provide access to an array of diverse and inclusive populations to foster a quality workforce and well-educated citizens. WOU has developed and maintained partnerships that broaden our vision, increase our potential, and enhance our professional relationships. These include academic and non-academic programs to promote diversity and meet the needs of all constituencies, especially non-traditional and minority students and staff.
Sustainable Institution - WOU understands that the university is a living organism that must maintain its stability and sustainability through good educational, financial, and environmental practices. To accomplish this WOU has developed a systematic and inclusive approach to improving the campus infrastructure, facilities, and services. We continue to create a working environment that fosters open communication and recognizes individual and collective contributions. WOU ensures the rigorous application of ongoing evaluation to improve all aspects of campus life, assure quality, and make decisions predicated on reliable, valid, peer-reviewed data. We nurture connections with our alumni that engender pride, loyalty, and good will, and we enhance technology strategies and capacities to improve teaching, learning, communication, management, and cooperation.
Note: Updated Strategic Plan under development as part of overall Accreditation process.
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