Our vision and values describe the university we aspire to be. The vision extends from our traditions and institutional authority and is our proclamation of how we intend to achieve greatness among universities. The core values set a standard for personal and interpersonal behaviors that shape the culture of Weber State.
Tradition: For more than five decades, Weber State University has successfully pursued a dual mission by offering a wide-range of baccalaureate and graduate programs while meeting regional community college needs.
Our vision is for Weber State University to be the national model for a dual-mission university that integrates learning, scholarship and community.
The mission was revised and the core themes and objectives were defined in 2011, which stimulated a look-back at the vision articulated in 2008, often referred to as WSU 2030. The process resulted in a vision statement for the university which summarizes and complements, rather than replaces, Weber State 2030 (adopted by the University Planning Council, January 2012).
December, 2011, the University Planning Council expressed the Core Values we like to think we live by as the Faculty and Staff of Weber State University; they are certainly what we aspire to live by. Members of the Planning Council think they have correctly summarized Weber State's common and Core Values.
The strategies for pursuing the vision describe the necessary conditions required to reach the Vision and mostly serve as internal reminders to guide the planning process at the university level. These university strategies are crafted to direct planning efforts toward achieving the vision, responding to the results of assessment, capitalizing on strengths, and shoring up weaknesses. Importantly, they consider current environmental factors such as funding, capacity to change, competition, and market forces.
The University President's Council identified six primary strategies for achieving the vision, which were endorsed by the University Planning Council, January 2012.
- Welcome traditional and nontraditional students and foster an engaging and supportive campus culture which promotes retention, graduation and next step success.
- Build outstanding programs that recruit motivated students and foster a vibrant level of scholarly activity.
- Expand offerings through development of multiple campuses and innovative uses of technology.
- Diversify and increase external funding for the university through shared responsibility at university, college and program levels.
- Recruit and retain talented faculty and staff who embrace the mission and vision of the university.
- Promote the dual-mission aspect of the WSU brand.