Weber State Comprehensive Planning Process

The Comprehensive Planning Process (CPP) is a model and process for institutional planning at Weber State. It is derived from the processes employed prior to 2012, but adapted to comply with the NWCCU 2011 accreditation standards. 

Each component of the model illustrated in this graphic is explained in this section of the planning website, including its relationship to the NWCCU Standards. Click here for a printable PDF version of the planning process.






Weber State planning is composed of coordinated planning documents, processes, time cycles, and responsible bodies. The central guiding documents are mission, values, vision, and clearly defined university objectives with associated achievement measures. 

Achievement of university objectives is assessed on an ongoing basis and is combined annually with external conditions affecting the university to update university strategies.

The Weber State University PLAN is a dynamic document, reflecting a process that examines all aspects of the university on a continuous five-year cycle…about 20% of programs and services are reviewed by the divisions each year. Division Vice Presidents oversee these program and service reviews, which are forward-looking, opportunity-oriented, and take place in the context of clear university and division objectives, meaningful assessment of intended outcomes, outside reference information, and ideally including the perspective of outside reviewers.

The program and service reviews are the foundation of Weber State planning and often result in plans for change initiatives intended to strengthen or improve. Importantly, program and service reviews consider the relationship of the function to university and division objectives and strategies.

Division planning is at the heart of Weber’s planning process, guiding the program and service reviews in the context of broader university objectives and strategies. Division Vice Presidents update their division plans annually, integrating program and service reviews with current conditions, university objectives, strategies and available funds. Division plans form the core of the WSU PLAN and include any large-scope change initiatives that need to be coordinated with the rest of the university.

The Administrative Services and Information Technologies Divisions have specific planning responsibilities for emergency preparedness and for the financial, physical, and technological infrastructure of the university, which are part of their division plans.

The University President is responsible for the overall planning process, which is reviewed for effectiveness by the University Planning Council and President’s Council on a seven year cycle along with assessments of mission fulfillment, adaptive ability, and capacity.