The university plays an increasingly important role in serving and advancing the state of Washington’s needs by carrying out its three-pronged mission of teaching, research, and community engagement.

But how can the talent and intellectual capital represented in WSU’s statewide enterprise be molded into a more cohesive system that delivers even greater benefits to the state? And how should the university’s 2020-2025 system strategic plan, currently in the early stages of development, reflect that goal?

Those questions were at the heart of a visioning conference on Monday that engaged more than 650 members of the WSU community on both sides of the Cascades in day-long conversations about topics such as the university’s core purpose and values and the ways the Drive to 25 will boost the fortunes of the state and WSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“I’m thrilled by the conversations that took place today,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz in his closing remarks. “Our community is clearly engaged in planning the university’s future, and moving forward, we are committed to ensuring the new strategic plan represents the input of the entire community.”

Provide your input

WSU faculty, staff and students can respond online to the same questions addressed by those who attended the visioning conference until Oct. 31. All of the input gathered from the visioning conference and online will be provided to internal concept teams charged with drafting the goals, objectives and strategies of the strategic plan.

Summary of visioning conference conversations

The raw responses from the group discussions at the visioning conference are available online.

The first draft of the system strategic plan will be available for public comment in January.