OIT Strategic Plan



The Western Michigan University and the Academic Affairs strategic plans are designed to encompass the comprehensive nature of WMU and serve as guiding principles for every unit. Nationally and internationally recognized, the University aspires to distinguish itself as learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged.

WMU is a learner centered, research university, building intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in a way that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action. As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry.

We promote learning and the personal development of students, faculty and staff to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We advocate intellectual inquiry, investigation and discovery in all undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The University provides and models leadership in teaching and learning, human development, research and scholarly works and public service.

Office of Information Technology Mission

To support the teaching, learning, research and public service missions of Western Michigan University through excellence in design, development, application, implementation, management and support of information technology.

Office of Information Technology Vision

Be proactive, responsive, ethical, collaborative and welcoming of diversity through shared governance including faculty, staff and students, in leading the acquisition, delivery and support of timely, cost-effective and high quality strategic state of the art technology services.

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Teaching and learning

Enhance information technology resources in support of effective faculty teaching and to ensure student success.

Reliable and secure IT infrastructure

Ensure a reliable and secure foundation of information technology infrastructure that enhances productivity while maintaining compliance and providing global access.

Research and emerging technologies

Support the use of information technology resources to enable investigation of emerging technologies and innovative research.

Inclusive and accessible IT services

In partnership with University constituents, enhance the structure, policies and procedures with a client focus that emphasizes reliability, accountability, flexibility and enables accessibility by members of the University community regardless of disability.

Sustainable IT services

Ensure resource conservation and sound fiscal planning for information technology infrastructure and services across the University.

Culture and engagement

Encourage and support an organizational climate of inclusion, engagement and cohesion to cultivate a culture of learning, achievement, collaboration, service, respect and health.