Three of four statements done; comments welcome
 
The strategic planning group has completed work on drafts of an updated vision statement, mission statement and list of values that are fundamental to the work of WSU.
 
Larry James, associate executive vice president in the office of the provost and chair of the working group, said work on the fourth component of the strategic plan — the goals — is under way and it should be available for review early next semester.
 
“We have thought about what we want to be as a university in the long term,” James said. “The challenge now is identifying the next steps to move us in that direction.”
 
By mid-December, faculty and staff will be able to visit http://strategicplan.wsu.edu and find links to the draft vision, mission and value statements. The site also has comprehensive information about the committee’s charge, the process for crafting a new strategic plan, and the executive summary of nearly 200 responses to an online survey regarding the strategic plan and a series of town hall meetings held across the university system in the fall.
 
Comment results
According to the executive summary:
• 86 percent of respondents favored updating the strategic plan.
• 88 percent favored a single plan for all four campuses.
• 75 percent said the WSU strategic plan implemented in 2002 has been valuable for promoting institutional direction, purpose and focus.
 
Anyone who wishes to comment on any of the draft statements or the process in general is welcome to e-mail comments to strategic.plan@wsu.edu. Early next semester there will be additional opportunities for faculty and staff to comment on all four components of the plan, James said.
 
The proposed updated vision statement reads: Washington State University, as one of the nation’s leading land-grant research universities, will be recognized internationally for pre-eminent research and scholarship; for a premier education and transformative student experience; and for an exemplary environment for scholarship, learning and work.
 
The proposed mission statement reads: Washington State University is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society.
 
Our mission is threefold:
• to advance knowledge through creative research and scholarship across a wide range of academic disciplines;
• to extend knowledge through innovative educational programs in which emerging scholars are mentored to realize their highest potential and assume roles of leadership, responsibility and service to society;
 
• to apply knowledge through local and global engagement that will improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation and world.
 
The updated values list includes: quality and excellence; integrity, trust and respect; discovery, innovation and creativity; land-grant ideals; global citizenship; freedom of expression and civil discourse; stewardship and accountability.
 
ONLINE @ http://strategicplan.wsu.edu by mid-December: Links to the draft vision, mission and value statements.
 
ONLINE @ www.wsu.edu/StrategicPlanning/strategic-plan.html: The WSU 2002-2007 strategic plan.