The educational objectives of the paper engineering program at Western Michigan University are to have graduates:
- Career growth: graduates are expected to attain: proficiency in current position, increasing responsibility, diversity of job functions, recognition, progression or job advancement.
- Professional development: graduates are expected to attain: pursuit of additional educational activities, professional certifications or leadership opportunities.
- Service: graduates are expected to have involvement in the local community, professional societies, K-12 education, industry or humanitarian endeavors.
- Innovation and entrepreneurship: graduates are expected to attain: expertise in problem solving, new process, or methods development, in device or patent creation or in founding a business.