Key Priorities

Our actions will focus on achievable, metric-based goals revolving around seven key priorities.

Academic Excellence 

Academic Excellence will identify opportunities for enhancing WMU’s academic programs, teaching and learning methods, and curricular offerings. They will also examine how to maintain, develop, and uplift the reputation of our programs.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will evaluate the state of DEI on our campus, determine how WMU can better represent, serve, and empower all members of our community, and identify structures that create barriers to achieving our institutional goals and fulfilling our core purpose.


Well-being will discover what WMU can do to better safeguard the overall health of our community through education about the eight dimensions of well-being – physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, environmental, financial, occupational. 

Learn more about the eight dimensions of well-being.


Sustainability will investigate how WMU can prioritize our commitment to protecting our natural resources and better educate our community about the importance of creating short- and long-term solutions to minimize the negative impacts of climate change on our local, state, national, and global environments.

Research and Creative Scholarship

Research and Creative Scholarship will analyze opportunities for WMU to advance the frontiers of knowledge and foster excellence in scholarship, discovery, and creative activities (artistic, historical, literary, philosophical, scientific, and technical) as a public doctoral university and Higher Research Activity Institution. 


Internationalization will explore ways to connect with students on a globally engaged scale by enhancing learning through borderless classrooms, a diversified curriculum, and strengthening the collaborative relationships between WMU and our international partners. 

Community Building 

Community Building will examine how we can create an environment at WMU that fosters a sense of belonging, safety, and support for all faculty, staff, and students. They will also seek ways that the University can engage with the greater regional community, including through service learning, corporate engagement, and athletics, to strengthen our relationships with those that we serve.