Strategic Framework

View the WSU Strategic Framework (PDF) for full details about strategic goals and the progress we've made toward these initiatives.

Strategic Goals

Student Learning

The Student Success strategic goal focuses on teaching practices, learning pathways, assessment of processes, academic planning, technology, public accountability to: 

  • Reinvent teacher education
  • Clarify student pathways
  • Coordinate university-wide assessment plans and processes
  • Maintain public accountability
  • Develop and implement Academic Plan 2020-2025
  • Leverage tomorrow's technology in academics

Student Success

The Student Success strategic goal focuses on entrepreneur experiences, advising and program investments to:

  • Improve the Student Experience
  • Achieve Advising Excellence
  • Focus Academic Investments
  • Enhance Graduation Planning
  • Provide Co-Curricular Transcripts and Programming
  • Expand eServices

Inclusive Excellence

The Inclusive Excellence strategic goal focuses on retention, recruitment and campus climate to:

  • Increase campus diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Assess and address the strengths and gaps in current practices for diversity and inclusivity in the WSU community
  • Create organizational structures and processes that ensure the enhancement of a culturally competent, welcoming and pluralistic university
  • Close the Achievement Gap
  • Build long-term relationships with under-represented alumni (BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and others)
  • Create spaces for open dialogue for topics of diversity


The Relationships strategic goal focuses on community engagement, WSU-Rochester and Warrior pride to:

  • Strengthen Rochester community access
  • Enhance shared community and campus services
  • Develop and enhance programs to strengthen a culture of civility and collegiality on our campus and in our local communities
  • Enhance community engagement that supports teaching and learning
  • Expand facilities and programs in Rochester, specifically at the Broadway Campus
  • Implement Warrior Pride initiatives

Stewards of Place & Resources

The Stewards of Place and Resources strategic goal focuses on engagement, arts and culture, sustainability, facilities, recreation, athletics and wellness to:

  • Expand support for arts and cultural activities
  • Expand recreation, athletics and wellness spaces
  • Enhance the practice and teaching of sustainability
  • Enhance support for engaged learning
  • Implement sustainable energy savings program
  • Enhance instruction spaces for collaboration in art, computer science and math
  • Enhances facilities planning in Winona and Rochester
  • Implement WSU Thriving 2035: Re-imagining Residence Life Plan