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Strategic Plan 2008-2013 Strategic Plan

Message from the President

Refreshing Our Vision for the Future

Washington State University launched an extensive effort to envision its goals for the next five years and to restate in contemporary terms the mission, vision, and values espoused by our University community. That work resulted in this 2008-2013 Strategic Plan.

In June of 2007, when I became WSU’s tenth president, I recognized that the 2002-2007 Strategic Plan had been very instrumental in moving Washington State University to a new level of excellence in service to its students and to the people of the state of Washington. Core elements of the plan were sound and remained relevant, yet it was time for the University community to refresh its Strategic Plan and set out clear aspirations for our shared work ahead.

In collaboration with then Provost Robert C. Bates, I appointed a 23-member Strategic Planning Committee to lead the university-wide effort to renew the University’s plan. This standing presidential committee includes faculty and staff representing vice presidential areas, various academic disciplines and University locations, as well as representatives of the Associated Students of WSU and the Graduate and Professional Student Association.

I charged the committee with periodically reviewing and updating the WSU Strategic Plan, soliciting input on the plan from the University community, overseeing the implementation of the plan through review of progress toward goals, and producing an annual strategic planning report.

Throughout the process leading to this Strategic Plan, the committee engaged the WSU community in shared review and discussion of the directions we wished to set. Active participation and transparency were ensured through open forums on each campus, surveys to garner ideas, and draft documents available online for review and comment. Hundreds of faculty, staff, and students participated in the effort and their ideas were influential in shaping the final form of our plan.

This exchange of ideas has stimulated an innovative restatement of our goals as we respond to the challenges we face and the opportunities we have before us. I want to thank all who have participated in the process for their commitment to this effort as we work to achieve our aspirations as a preeminent land-grant research institution in the years to come. This Strategic Plan sets out a vision for the future and provides guidance for decision-making that will have a profound and positive impact on scholarly excellence in selected areas, the academic experience of our students, and the service we provide.


Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D.