Mission and Vision


We are an access-oriented institution that provides an impactful and inclusive education that integrates discovery and fosters holistic growth and well-being "so that all may learn."


We empower every person to grow, thrive and belong. We contribute to making the world a better place through creativity, research, innovation and compassion.

WMU makes decisions based on these five core values:

  • Community-engaged We collaborate with local and global partners with an emphasis on trust, respect, reciprocity and cultural humility.

  • Discovery-driven We pursue inquiry, disseminate knowledge and foster critical thinking that encourages lifelong learning.

  • Equity-centered We transform systems and remove barriers to ensure we represent, serve, include and empower every member of our community.

  • Learner-focused We challenge every member of our community to be responsive to and responsible for the education of our students by intentionally cultivating an engaging university experience that creates skilled, lifelong learners.

  • Sustainability-guided We serve our communities by discovering transformational, multidisciplinary solutions; being environmentally, socially and financially responsible; and improving the quality of life for current and future generations.

Strategic Plan

Building on the success of prior strategic initiatives, inspired by our strengths and opportunities, an motivated by the mission and values of our institutional identity, we followed a data-informed process driven by continuous improvement and anchored in an equity-mindedness framework to develop a shared strategy for the next decade.