In 2001, after many months of dialogue and discussion among administration, students, faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders, Wayne State University adopted its first five-year comprehensive strategic plan. The shared vision that became the 2001-2006 Strategic Plan energized Wayne State University’s campus and guided an unprecedented transformation of student life, research, teaching and community outreach.
Wayne State takes great pride in its accomplishments under the 2001-2006 plan, particularly in this era of economic uncertainty in higher education. But the environment in which Wayne State teaches, discovers and serves continues to change, and the needs of the people who come to Wayne State are changing as well. To meet its many and myriad responsibilities, a great university must be prepared to respond wisely to change, so even before the first plan was completed Wayne State had begun work on a second.
The process of shaping the new plan followed the lead of its predecessor, so this finished product reflects input from across the University as well as from many friends and constituents beyond Wayne State’s campus.
Wayne State’s 2006-2011 Strategic Action Plan points the way to the next era in the University’s history, as it continues to refine the quality of scholarship, teaching, scientific inquiry and community enrichment. Some recommendations in the 2006-2011 plan define Wayne State’s present directions, while others break new ground. It is just as important to reaffirm Wayne State’s traditions as to explore different ways of doing things. The 2006-2011 strategic blueprint is built around goals that Wayne State’s leadership feels will continue to strengthen the University in all phases of its operations.
Wayne State University’s vision is to become the model public research university engaged in the urban community.
As a nationally recognized urban, public research university, Wayne State’s mission is to create knowledge and prepare a diverse body of students to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.
Five specific goals result from Wayne State’s strategic vision for the University. These goals articulate its aspirations and provide a framework for the way in which its new plan will be translated into action.
Wayne State University has pledged
- to promote an exceptional learning experience;
- to improve the University’s stature as a nationally ranked research institution;
- to nurture a strong and dynamic campus community;
- to sustain our role as an engaged university in an urban environment;
- and to diversify and broaden the University’s funding base.
Wayne State intends to remain one of the nation’s most respected public research universities, and feels that these goals provide a way to make that happen. National recognition is not an end in itself; what matters most is how Wayne State’s progress as shaped by these goals will position the University to benefit its students and ultimately its city, state, nation and the world.