Topic: How do WSU’s campus-specific strategic plans relate to the overall strategic plan?
Challenge/opportunity: WSU has an institution-wide strategic plan. The academic colleges operate institution-wide and have strategic plans that complement the overall plan. Some campuses administer their own budgets, while others are, “co-located,” meaning their budget is administered collectively with the Pullman campus. Each campus has a strategic plan and regularly updates its own campus master plan, which defines capital priorities based upon evolving needs and priorities.
Recent actions/outcomes: Each campus has developed a unique focus based on community needs, as follows:
- WSU Everett epitomizes WSU’s focus on providing access to educationally underserved communities, leadership in the classroom, and productive regional engagement with a focus on STEM education, research, innovation, and application that connects WSU resources to economic development in the region and state.
- The Global Campus, administered through the Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation on the Pullman campus, focuses on the pillars of delivering online degrees that change lives, building connections and community, providing resources for enhancing teaching with online tools, providing non-credit online learning opportunities, and conference management.
- WSU Pullman is the institution’s largest campus, providing a traditional residential-based experience for students.
- WSU Spokane was designated in 2010 by WSU’s Board of Regents as the health sciences campus for the University based on an economic analysis of the region that revealed that the health care industry is the largest industry in the Spokane region and that Spokane had a need for a graduate-level university to serve as an anchor for health sciences education and research.
- The WSU Tri-Cities campus in 2015-16 re-examined its strategic approach to the university’s mission, the local capacity, and effectiveness. This resulted in a focus on regional needs for STEM-prepared graduates, relevant programming, and strong community engagement.
- WSU Vancouver reexamined its mission, capacity, and effectiveness during a strategic planning process in 2015-16. The resulting strategic plan reflects the collective input of stakeholders—faculty, staff, students and community members. The campus focuses on providing big-school resources in a small-school environment, providing baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people, communities and economy of Southwest Washington.
Current/future emphasis or next steps: New chancellors at the Spokane and Tri-Cities campuses will continue to lead the evolution of programs and services in those locations and their connections to WSU’s overall mission and strategic goals.
For more information at WSU:
- Campus Master Plans
- WSU Everett Strategic Plan
- Global Campus
- WSU Spokane
- WSU Tri-Cities
- WSU Vancouver Strategic Plan
NWCCU Standards Reference: 1.A.1, 2.B.4, 2.C.1-4, 2.C.18, 2.E, 2.G., 4.A.2-5, 4.B.1-2, 5.B.1, 5.B.3