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WOU’s Values

Western Oregon University’s core values center on its commitment to student success; to that end, we adhere to the following core principles:


Teaching and learning

  • Teaching by experienced, highly qualified faculty in small, personalized settings
  • A broad array of majors and specialty courses in the context of a robust and meaningful liberal arts core curriculum
  • Academic experiences that include internships, research and service learning
  • Individualized support and advising for all students to foster success in the classroom and beyond
  • Graduates prepared to meet the economic and societal needs of the state and the region


Healthy campus community and environment

  • Campus life rich with personal and academic opportunities
  • Connections with our alumni that engender pride, loyalty and good will
  • Partnerships that broaden our vision, increase our potential and enhance our relationships
  • An atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect
  • Technology strategies and capacities to enhance teaching, learning, communication and campus management


Academic freedom and diversity

  • The open expression of thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, both in and out of the classroom setting
  • Active communities of learning representing a population of diverse people and perspectives
  • Access for traditional and new populations of students to foster a quality workforce and well- educated citizens


Fiscal health, accountability and continuous improvement

  • Cost-effectiveness and the pursuit of additional funding sources to enhance the campus and to expand educational opportunities
  • Systems in place to facilitate timely graduation and affordable tuition
  • Rigorous application of ongoing evaluation to improve all aspects of campus life, assure quality, and make decisions based on data
  • Restructured processes and innovative strategies to assure high quality in the face of current fiscal challenges in higher education


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