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Strategic Priorities and Goals 2016-2021

Dare. Dream. Achieve. Priorities at the W.  Learn more about the process by visiting The W Priorities webpage.

The University will cultivate a culture of Advancement Excellence to strengthen engagement among its
constituencies by:

  • creating a culture of giving;
  • establishing and maintaining affinity groups;
  • fostering pride in University events and private giving; and
  • increasing awareness of university programs and strengths.

The University will promote Regional Stewardship through partnerships across campus and the region by:

  • cultivating collaborations that increase health and well-being;
  • providing outreach to underserved populations;
  • strengthening and expanding K-12 partnerships;
  • contributing to the creative economy; and
  • forging meaningful and engaged partnerships that provide real-life experiences for students.

The University will foster a 21st Century learning environment by:

  • enhancing and effectively utilizing advanced instructional technologies;
  • broadening educational opportunities and programs for the diverse student body;
  • maintaining, enhancing and expanding international partnerships;
  • increasing emphasis on diversity of faculty and staff;
  • cultivating communities to create opportunities for academic engagement;
  • fostering leadership development and a commitment to a safe ethical environment; and
  • enhancing business processes and the campus infrastructure, ensuring continuing financial sustainability.

The University will cultivate a comprehensive approach that enhances retention, Completion and student success by:

  • enhancing student advising, mentoring, and support services;
  • recruiting a diverse student body to ensure a vital university community;
  • providing resources to assist students with achieving and maintaining financial stability; and
  • providing academic programs to meet the needs of today’s student and workforce.


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