Mission and Interpretation of Mission
The mission of Weber State University states the purpose of the university and expresses the authority and expectations set by the Board of Regents.
Weber State University provides associate, baccalaureate and master degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, technical and professional fields. Encouraging freedom of expression and valuing diversity, the university provides excellent educational experiences for students through extensive personal contact among faculty, staff and students in and out of the classroom. Through academic programs, research, artistic expression, public service and community-based learning, the university serves as an educational, cultural and economic leader for the region.
Weber State University (WSU) is a comprehensive public university authorized to operate and confer degrees under Utah Code section 53B-6-101 et seq and its mission and roles are governed by Utah State Board of Regents policy 312. The university's mission is approved by the Weber State University Board of Trustees (January, 2011) and the Utah State Board of Regents (May, 2011).
Interpretation of Mission - the Mission Core Themes
The Core Themes Model defines mission related objectives and achievement indicators and therefore describes how WSU interprets its mission and how success is being measured. The NWCCU accreditation process provides cyclical peer review and outside perspective using this WSU-defined model of objectives and achievement relative to mission.
Mission Core Themes and Planning Objectives
Weber State maintains accreditation by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and, in accordance with accreditation Standard One, the University Planning Council developed a clear definition of the purpose and goals of the university as expressed in its mission (April, 2011). The Core Themes of the Weber State University Mission, and the objectives inherent in them, were adopted by the Weber State University Board of Trustees (by delegation from the Utah Board of Regents, June, 2011). The University mission Core Themes and objectives, along with performance assessment methods, were filed with NWCCU per accreditation Standard One (September, 2011).
With the purpose of continuously improving the university in pursuit of the mission, the University Planning Council interpreted the mission as having three fundamental themes and ten operating objectives crafted to enable assessment of achievement.
The ACCESS theme directs the university to provide access to academic programs in liberal arts, sciences, technical and professional fields, resulting in objectives of...
- ...offer responsive associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees in liberal arts, sciences, technical and professional fields
- ...students progress in their programs of study
- ...provide access to higher educational opportunity
The LEARNING theme directs WSU to provide an engaging teaching and learning environment that encourages learning and leads to students’ success, resulting in objectives of...
- ...students experience an engaging learning environment founded on extensive personal contact among faculty, staff and students in and out of the classroom
- ...students receive effective educational support
- ...students learn to succeed as educated persons and professionals
- ...students and faculty learn, explore and create in an environment that sustains free inquiry and free expression
The COMMUNITY theme directs WSU to support and improve the local community through educational, economic and public service partnerships and cultural and athletic events, resulting in objectives of...
- ...contribute to pre-K through 12 education in the region
- ...contribute to the richness of the regional culture
- ...contribute to the economic development of the region