Context for Analysis (C)
8C1 Shaping a Vision for the Next 5-10 Years
Implicit in Western’s future are opportunities to enhance educational resources, outcomes, and services to the larger community. Western’s strategic planning is a continuous 5-4-1 improvement cycle in which a five-year strategic plan guides the institution, a new strategic plan is shaped in the fourth year, and progress reports occur annually.
Western's current Strategic Plan Building the New American Regional University identifies seven specific areas of improvement (Figure
8.2). These opportunities are foundational to the goals and objectives that guide the seven areas of Western’s strategic planning. Western's first strategic Plan The Western Advantage also identified seven forward-thinking opportunities for focused improvement.
Processes already underway for the next five to ten years include continued development of programs in applied learning, applied research and service, and producing citizen-scholars. The institution will continue to engage in a broad-based, systemic planning process that involves faculty, staff, students, administration and community groups in initiating and implementing improvements that advance Western’s mission, value, and goals.
Western plays an integral role in the life of the community, the region, and the state. Western’s capacity for contributing to the region has been enhanced through the development of the Western Institute. Institute centers for research and educational outreach have been established, and external funding for regional projects is growing. The development of graduate programs at the master’s degree level is appropriate for Western as an emerging university. Western offers the following Master's Degree Programs:
Master of Applied Science
Master of Applied Science in Assessment
Master of Applied Arts in Integrated Media
Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
Western’s new five-year strategic plan will focus on its intended directions for the future.