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Strategic Plan 2014-2019

Vision, Mission, and Values


Washington State University will be one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement.


Washington State University is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. Our mission is threefold:

  1. To advance knowledge through creative research, innovation, and creativity across a wide range of academic disciplines.
  2. To extend knowledge through innovative educational programs in which students and emerging scholars are mentored to realize their highest potential and assume roles of leadership, responsibility, and service to society.
  3. To apply knowledge through local and global engagement that will improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world.


  • Quality and Excellence: We are committed to providing quality and excellence in all our endeavors.
  • Integrity, Trust, and Respect: We are committed to ensuring trust and respect for all persons in an environment that cultivates individual and institutional integrity in all that we do.
  • Research, Innovation, and Creativity: We are committed to the pursuit of inquiry and discovery and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge.
  • Land-Grant Ideals: We are committed to the land-grant ideals of access, engagement, leadership, and service to bring the practical benefits of education to the state, nation, and global community.
  • Diversity and Global Citizenship: We embrace a worldview that recognizes and values the importance of domestic and global diversity, global interdependence, and sustainability.
  • Freedom of Expression: We are committed to the free exchange of ideas in a constructive and civil environment, including the canons of academic freedom in research, teaching, and outreach.
  • Stewardship and Accountability: We are committed to serving as ethical and responsible stewards of University resources.