Strategic Plan—EMPOWER

Robert J. Sweeney, Ph.D., 
Executive Vice President for Planning and 
Secretary to the 
Board of Trustees

The start of the new academic year marks the beginning of the implementation of our renewed Strategic Plan. Over the past year, we have reflected on the successes of our current plan, assessed and prioritized opportunities for the future, and engaged the campus community to develop a path forward.

As a result, several important changes have been incorporated in our revised Strategic Plan. First, we know that everything we do at Wright State University is done by people. Yet, the importance of our faculty, staff, students, retirees, and alumni was only implicit in our Vision Statement. That statement has been revised to include, explicitly, our commitment to people. The Mission Statement has been similarly improved.

Second, we value sustainability; however, we were defining sustainability to include the environment as well as our fiscal health and programs. We believe it is more accurate to describe our management of operations and programs as stewardship. Within the context of stewardship, we think in terms of not only what we are doing and how, but also what we should stop doing. As new initiatives are considered and implemented, it falls on people to make them happen. Therefore, as an organization, we must position our people for success—and training, resources, and time must be made available to them.

The goals of the new strategic plan are to:

1.    Enhance academic quality and program distinctiveness by using the results of student and program assessments to improve learning, by having a diverse faculty and staff, and by partnering with community organizations to meet regional needs.

2.    Improve student access and educational achievement by increasing enrollment and retention, helping students meet career goals, and giving students a total university experience that includes online opportunities and MOOCs.

3.    Attain national prominence in research, scholarship and entrepreneurism by increasing opportunities and incentives for faculty and student research, fostering an entrepreneurial culture with research programs that revitalize the region’s economy, becoming more agile in response to the needs of community partners, and supporting the commercialization of the university’s intellectual property.

4.    Create a campus culture that supports community engagement and economic development by increasing opportunities within the curriculum and offering degree programs consistent with community needs.

5.    Develop the human, fiscal and physical resources to support strategic goals by enhancing human resources operations and fiscal management, generating increased revenue, and increasing investment in facilities.

Visit the 2013–2018 strategic plan website.

Visit the 2008–2013 strategic plan website.

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