Strategic Planning

The mission of Central Washington University is to prepare students for enlightened, responsible, and productive lives; to produce research, scholarship, and creative expression in the public interest; and to serve as a resource to the region and the state through effective stewardship of university resources.

CWU Strategic Plan

Core Theme One

Teaching and Learning: Student success is the highest priority of the university, and achievement of programmatic student learning outcomes is the prime measure of that priority. CWU therefore works to provide its students with accessible, diverse, personalized, distinctive, and rigorous curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs. These programs are offered in small group settings typified by close working relationships between students, faculty, and staff. This commitment extends to all students, irrespective of location and modality of instruction. Institutional allocation of resources and organization of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities must reflect this commitment to student success.

Objective 1.1: Enhance student success by continually improving curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs.

Student performance and outcomes achievement as demonstrated by academic program assessment reports, program reviews, and specialized accreditation reports.

Student performance and outcomes achievement as demonstrated by General Education Program assessment reports.

Post-graduation job and graduate/professional school placement rates.

Retention, persistence, and graduation rates for first-time freshmen and transfer student cohorts (2009-2017) by demographic, socioeconomic status, and prior academic achievement factors.

Time and credit hours to degree completion for first-time freshmen and transfer student cohorts (2009-2017) by demographic, socioeconomic status, and prior academic achievement factors.

Analyses and comparisons to peer institutions of National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) Engagement Indicators and High Impact Practices.

Analyses of the Priority Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) including comparisons to peer institutions and comparisons to CWU face-to-face learners.

Student participation in experiential learning opportunities including undergraduate research, service-learning, community engagement, study abroad, internships, capstone courses/experiences, student government and organizations, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships.

Objective 1.2: Enhance the effectiveness of student support services.

Analyses of use and effectiveness of academic programming, e.g., advising, developmental, honors, and online/multi-modal learning.

Analyses of use and effectiveness of student life programming, e.g., career services, housing, learning support, recreation center, student union, student medical and counseling clinic, student government and organizations, TRiO and related programs, and the Veterans’ Center.