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WSU President Kirk Schulz announces new Office of Strategy, Planning, and Analysis.

Washington State University System Strategic Plan

Opportunity and Change

In a world defined equally by tremendous opportunities and rapid change, the vision of the Washington State University system is built on the foundational purposes of the land-grant university: to provide education to all, to conduct a scholarly inquiry that benefits society, and to share expertise that boosts the lives of individuals and communities.

The WSU system’s focus on academic excellence for the public good goes hand-in-hand with the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is central to the institution’s mission that each member of the community has full opportunity to thrive.

2020-2025 system strategic plan

The University’s first-ever system strategic plan was completed in the spring of 2020 and approved by the WSU Board of Regents  on June 26, 2020.

Final strategic plan (PDF)

Operating Principles

The principles that follow establish an overarching philosophy that unites the WSU system and provides clarity and consistency for guiding the institution’s day-to-day actions. Some of the principles currently are operative while others are aspirational. The principles are specific enough to be meaningful, yet broad enough to remain relevant in an evolving environment. Adopted and practiced consistently across the WSU system, the principles will enable the University to act on its core ideology and progress toward its envisioned future.


WSU delivers it educational, research, and outreach benefits statewide through its campuses and other locations statewide, including Pullman, Everett, Seattle, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Yakima, and Bremerton. In addition, the WSU Global Campus delivers academic programming worldwide in a virtual environment. The University focuses on critical problems and issues affecting the state of Washington, partnering with stakeholders to discuss and develop solutions. WSU sustains and enhances community-campus relationships in all locations.

One Degree

The quality of a Washington State University degree will be the same at all campuses throughout the statewide system. All graduates earn a WSU diploma with no campus designation.

One Faculty

All faculty, regardless of rank or appointment, are committed to the same standard of academic excellence across the system. The standards for faculty career advancement are fundamentally shared at all WSU campuses, ensuring a consistent level of educational experience and interdisciplinary scholarly quality and productivity system-wide.

Shared Accountability

WSU vice presidents, chancellors, and deans and their leadership team each have unique and connected leadership roles that may encompass campus, college, unit responsibilities, as well as WSU system responsibilities, and are collectively accountable for the success of the institution and the system.

Operational Excellence

WSU operates an efficient and effective organizational structure, characterized by system-wide operational and management processes that support and promote innovation, stewardship, entrepreneurship, and responsible risk taking. WSU Core services, compliance, educational, executive, and business policies ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness across the system.

Data-informed Decision-making

WSU proactively uses data in decision-making to enhance administrative efficiency and strategic leadership across the system. Strategic priorities, environmental sustainability, financial sustainability, resource allocations, transparency, and predictability are all based on data-informed performance indicators and metrics.

Community Partnerships

WSU seeks out and embraces opportunities to partner with external stakeholders in an effort to solve the critical problems and issues that face the state of Washington and its residents. The University also encourages the development of entrepreneurial activities that lead to creative, solutions-oriented partnerships. WSU sustains and enhances community-university relations statewide.

Recommitment to our Land-Grant Mission

WSU is the state’s land-grant research institution within the state of Washington and is responsible for delivering a statewide impact. The University system embraces this responsibility, and it is central to everything the institution does. The framework for this plan is thus WSU’s commitment to the wellbeing of Washington residents and t the commerce of the state, and a long-term goal around which this plan is oriented is for the University to be recognized as among the best land-grant institutions in the nation.

We will accomplish this by:

  • Providing education for all regardless of means or background;
  • Scholarly activity that benefits the public and especially Washingtonians; and
  • Outreach to the residents of the state to share the institution’s expertise and positively impact people and communities.


Research, Innovation, and Creativity

Washington State University will be recognized for embracing risk and bold thinking to serve the needs of its communities through innovative research, scholarship, and creative actives.

Student Experience

Washington State University students will engage in scholarship, research, and experiential learning activities to prepare future leaders, scholars, and global citizens.

Outreach, Extension, Service, and Engagement

Washington State University will be a national leader in advancing the quality of life, economic development, sustainability, and equity through meaningful engagement in discovery, education, and service with partners throughout the state, nation and world.

Institutional Effectiveness and Infrastructure

Washington State University will advance a culture of engagement and collaboration across its multi-campus system that values and invests in resources – physical, human, and intellectual – leveraging these to become the social and economic drivers for the community, the state, and the world.