Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan


Our Vision and Mission Statements


Vision
: Central Washington University will be a model learning community of equity and belonging.

Mission: In order to build a community of equity and belonging, Central Washington University nurtures culturally sustaining practices that expand access and success to all students. We are committed to fostering high impact practices, sustainability, and authentic community partnerships that are grounded in meaningful relationships.

Approved by the CWU Board of Trustees, May 20, 2022

Developing Our New Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the Central Washington University community began working collaboratively and inclusively to develop a new Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan. Over the next 18 months, the university community came together to develop a comprehensive plan, centered around equity and belonging, that will carry us into the five to 10 years. 

Our Vision statement provides and aspirational direction for where we want to go as a university, while our Mission statement captures the essence of who we are and why our work matters. Our Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees at the end of the 2022-23 academic year, will provide the roadmap for getting us to where we aspire to go as a university.

In order to achieve these ambitious goals, a Steering Committee comprised of members from all employee groups and the student body was comprised to guide our work. The committee offered regular opportunities for engagement through surveys and open forums and shared their work on the CWU to engage all members of the Wildcat community. We sought from across the university community throughout the process, and after the final versions were approved by the Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees, they have been put into action.

We look forward to seeing where our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan work takes Central Washington University in the years to come. Our ability to live into this new direction will depend on involvement from every member of the university community, and we welcome your feedback as we put in the work required to create a succesful future for our students, faculty and staff, as well as the communities we serve.


Steering Committee

Facilitator

Photo of Jim WohlpartJim Wohlpart
President

Steering Committee Membership

Photo of Elvin Delgado Elvin Delgado
Former Faculty Senate Chair

Photo of Jonathan HendersonJonathan Henderson
Exempt Employee

Photo of Missy DavisMissy Davis
Classified Employee

Photo of Luis ReyesLuis Reyes
ASCWU President (2022-23)

Photo of Elizabeth BrownElizabeth Brown
Associate Professor / Instruction Coordinator Librarian/Library Chair

Photo of Laura Dahlby NicolaiLaura Dahlby Nicolai
Athletics

Photo of Jessica Murillo-RosalesJessica Murillo-Rosales 
Alumni Representing Graduate Students

Photo of Jeff StinsonJeff Stinson 
Provost's Council (formerly at CWU)

Photo of Sigrid DavidsonSigrid Davison
Equity 

cwu-Photo of Wendy IwaszukWendy Iwaszuk
Foundation Board / Alum

  • Committee Charge

    Over the course of 18 months, a Steering Committee with representatives across the institution facilitated the process of developing CWU's new Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan, with regular input and feedback from the university community and from the Executive Leadership Team (ELT). The work will begin with deepening our understanding about what Vision and Mission statements, and Strategic Plans should be. We also analyzed various examples and the work took place in two phases.

  • Approximate Timeline

    Phase I – Vision and Mission Statements

    • Developing an initial survey, reviewing and synthesizing the results, and creating initial draft Vision and Mission statements (3-4 statements each)
    • Developing a campus feedback process that will be collaborative and inclusive for the draft statements
    • Using the results from the campus feedback process to develop a single draft Vision and Mission statement, and
    • Gathering final feedback on these statements.

    Fall 2021

    • September 1-17 – Review Vision and Mission statements
    • September 20 - October 1 – Develop campus survey
    • October 4 -15 – Administer campus survey
    • October 18 - November 12 – Develop draft Vision and Mission statements
    • November 15 - December 3 – University feedback process
    • December 6 - 17 – Revise Vision and Mission Statement

    Phase II – Strategic Plan

    • Developing an initial survey, reviewing and synthesizing the results, and creating initial draft Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives
    • Developing a campus feedback process that will be collaborative and inclusive for the draft Goals and Objectives
    • Using the results of the campus feedback process to develop revised Goals and Objectives, and
    • Gathering final feedback on these statements.

    Winter/Spring 2022

    • January 10 - 28 – Develop the survey
    • January 31 - February 11 – Administer the survey
    • February 14 - March 11 – Develop draft Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives
    • March 28 - April 22 – University feedback process
    • April 25 - May 20 – Revise Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan
    • May 23 - June 3 – Final feedback process on Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan
  • Roles and Responsibilities

    Review and Feedback (Fall 2021)

    • Faculty Senate
    • Associated Students of CWU
    • Exempt Employees Association
    • Classified Employees Association
    • Alumni Board
    • Foundation Board
    • Provost’s Council
    • Academic Department Chairs Council
    • Board of Trustees
    • Local Community (Commissioners, City Council, Mayor, Superintendent, etc.)

    Endorsement (Winter 2022)

    • Faculty Senate
    • Associated Students of CWU
    • Exempt Employees Association
    • Classified Employees Association
    • Provost’s Council
    • Academic Department Chairs Council

    Final Revision and Approval (Spring 2022)

    • Executive Leadership Team
    • Board of Trustees

     

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