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Strategic Planning

WOU’s Strategic Goals

1.

Preserve and enhance academic distinction Build a distinctive, first-choice, comprehensive university that is widely recognized for its high-quality academics; strong programs; high-caliber students, faculty, and staff; and exceptional and diverse learning experiences.

  Directions
1-1 Establish rigorous standards and assessment measures for quality of teaching and student learning experiences and success. Implement programs to achieve standards and recognize outcomes.
1-2. Support public relations efforts that create a positive perception of WOU and its programs and enhance academic distinction and expectations, both internally and externally.
1-3. Review and revise Liberal Arts Core Curriculum in coordination with new directions determined by the strategic planning process.
1-4. Reexamine funding priorities and find new avenues of support for academic programs, infrastructure, and scholarships.
1-5. Establish and support exceptional and diverse living and learning communities and experiences.
1-6. Encourage and support distinctive and innovative programs and delivery methods which respond to the changing needs of students and society.
1-7. Establish and support visiting faculty programs.
   
2.

Achieve student centeredness Create a supportive, personalized and responsive environment that prepares students for continued university, career and life success.

  Directions
2-1. Create an environment in which student success is paramount and is a responsibility shared by everyone at WOU.
2-2. Offer and support quality academic programs that are flexible and innovative and are responsive to the needs of a diverse student body and society.
2-3.

Support learning with a coordinated system of academic and non-academic programs, processes and resources.

2-4. Ensure that student advising is consistent, accurate, timely, personalized and collaborative.
2-5. Enrich the learning community with engaging experiences, activities and environments that contribute to a successful and fulfilled citizenry.
2-6. Enhance academic knowledge with practical experiences including mentoring, internships, research, service learning and independent studies.
2-7. Implement and support technological applications for personalized and efficient student-centered transactions.
   
3.

Acquire and keep diverse and distinguished people Increase the recruitment and retention of outstanding and diverse students, faculty and staff.

  Directions
3-1. Increase access to and availability of financial support for students.
3-2. Maintain and enhance support mechanisms for students.
3-3. Advance the means to increase salaries of faculty and staff to competitive levels.
3-4. Increase flexibility of responsibilities, job assign- ments, workload and scheduling.
3-5. Improve support, recognition and reward of quality performance.
3-6. Develop academic and non-academic programs to promote diversity and meet the needs of all, especially non-traditional and minority students, staff and faculty.
3-7. Encourage greater participation in and advance-ment of programs that facilitate understanding and the exchange of people and ideas in international, multicultural and cross-cultural arenas.
   
4.

Focus on meeting cross-unit needs Provide an efficient and reliable infrastructure that meets physical, human, technological and financial needs.

  Directions
4-1. Create an infrastructure that enhances quality of life and encourages social interaction on campus and within the local community.
4-2. Provide quality facilities to meet the instructional, technological and communication needs of the campus.
4-3. Provide efficient services by streamlining systems, communications and organizational procedures.
4-4. Increase cross-disciplinary and inter-institutional cooperation and collaboration.
4-5. Develop a systematic and inclusive approach to improving the campus infrastructure.
   
5.

Develop and promote a cooperative internal and external environment Enhance communication, collaboration and understand-ing among students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and local and global communities.

  Directions
5-1. Utilize market research and campus-wide participation to develop a public relations plan to promote the goals of the university.
5-2. Establish collaborative partnerships linking community and professional individuals with related campus units.
5-3. Serve as a resource to the surrounding communities, region and state.
5-4 Create a working environment that fosters open communication and recognizes both individual and collective contributions.

 

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