Dear campus community,
As we enter a new semester, I want to take a moment to share with you an update on the significant progress we have made toward charting the course of Western’s future through our new Strategic Plan.
More than 500 members of our community made their voices heard by participating in more than 20 priority-focused listening sessions, town hall workshops and student-focused surveys. Your invaluable ideas and suggestions were used to help develop the goals, objectives, illustrative strategies and metrics of success that provide structure for the Strategic Plan's seven key priority recommendations. In addition, Western’s new vision and mission statements, along with our first formalized values, were collaboratively drafted by integrating the feedback gathered during the fall and spring engagement sessions.
Throughout summer 2022, these draft goals and objectives were reviewed by members of the University’s Executive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Core Team, and myself. We are currently making excellent progress on the development of a fully drafted Strategic Plan to present to campus in late fall 2022, with the refinement, integration and alignment of the seven key priority recommendations occurring throughout the next several months.
I want to recognize the hard work of the University’s Strategic Planning working groups and Steering Committee members. Developing a shared vision for the next 10 years depends on the collaboration and participation of every member of our community, and I am proud that our Broncos have enthusiastically risen to the challenge and embraced this charge.
The Strategic Planning website will continue to provide updates and publish information throughout the entirety of the planning process. There you can learn more and discover how you can get involved.
Dr. Chris Cheatham
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs