Central Washington University is one of six state-supported institutions offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees. The University has its own governing board, the Board of Trustees, with eight members appointed by the governor and approved by the state legislature. Established in 1890 as Washington State Normal School by the first legislature to fulfill the intent of the Federal Statehood Enabling Act for the establishment and maintenance of its various institutions of higher education, it became Central Washington College of Education in 1937, Central Washington State College in 1961 and Central Washington University in 1977.
Central Washington University’s mission is to prepare students for responsible citizenship, responsible stewardship of the earth, and enlightened and productive lives. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni serve as an intellectual resource to assist central Washington, the state, and the region in solving human and environmental problems.
Qualified faculty and staff create a community that encourages and supports the emotional, personal, and professional growth of students from a variety of backgrounds. The university works with community colleges to establish centers throughout the state and employs technology to extend the reach of its educational programs.
The university community values teaching as the vehicle to inspire intellectual depth and breadth, to encourage lifelong learning, and to enhance the opportunities of its students. The faculty develop and strengthen bachelor's and master's degree programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities; in teacher education; in business; in the social services; and in technological specializations. A strong liberal arts foundation; applied emphases; opportunities for undergraduate research, creative expression, and international study; and close working relationships between students and faculty are hallmarks of the undergraduate experience. Graduate programs develop partnerships between faculty and students to extend scholarship to important areas of research and practice.
Central Washington University will be respected nationally for outstanding academic programs, global sensitivity and engagement, and a stimulating intellectual community that prepares students for lifelong learning and a diverse and changing world.
As a community of scholars, we are committed to:
Goal I. Provide for an outstanding academic and student life on the Ellensburg campus.
Goal II. Provide for an outstanding academic and student life at the university centers.
Goal III. Develop a diversified funding base to support our academic and student programs.
Goal IV. Build mutually beneficial partnerships with industry, professional groups, institutions, and the communities
surrounding our campus locations.
Goal V. Strengthen the university's position as a leader in the field of education.
Goal VI. Create and sustain productive, civil, and pleasant campuses and workplaces.
The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC). Some programs have been accredited by specialized accrediting associations, including the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the American Chemical Society (Committee on Professional Training) (ACS), the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE), the American Dietetics Association, the American Medical Association Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation, the International Association for Management Education (AACSB), the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs for EMT-Paramedics (JRCEHT-P), the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (Med Tech), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (provisional), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Recreation and Park Association, and the U.S. Government Printing Office Federal Depository Library Program (U.S.GPOFDLP).
The University holds membership in the American Council on Education, the American Association of Higher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Association of University Administrators, the American Association of University Women, the Association of Governing Boards, the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, the Council on Under-Graduate Research, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the North American Association of Summer Sessions (NAASS), the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA) and the University Aviation Association.
Central Washington University's policies and practices affirm and actively promote the rights of all individuals to equal opportunity in education and employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as disabled or Vietnam era veterans. The University administers an affirmative action program for employment purposes and complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and executive orders. Policy statements on affirmative action, gender equity, sexual harassment and discrimination grievance procedures are located in Appendix A. The person responsible for institutional compliance with various federal and state laws and institutional policies dealing with discrimination is Nancy E. Howard, Director of Affirmative Action, Barge Hall 211, (509) 963-2205 or TDD (509) 963-2207.