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A culture of planning at WSU

Strategic planning is how we do things.

Our work is a process of planning, measuring our success, and using data to make better decisions.
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A culture of planning at WSU
Let’s reach your vision, too.
We assist individual campuses, colleges, and units in a variety of ways with their planning processes.
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A culture of planning at WSU
Tools to help you succeed
We work with WSU system planning and assist individual units.
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A culture of planning at WSU
We get excited about data.
Data helps measure progress and make informed decisions.
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Strategic planning for all levels at WSU

We’re not sure how people survived road trips without GPS. A clear understanding of where we are going makes all the difference in how quickly and easily you can get there; strategic planning serves that purpose at WSU to help us reach and achieve our goals for educational excellence.

Strategic planning should be the methodology for WSU’s operations. The system strategic plan serves as the foundation that guides the evolution of WSU’s statewide enterprise. Campuses, colleges, and other units develop and update their plans in a way that complement and flesh out the big-picture goals, objectives, and strategies established by the system-wide plan.

The WSU planning cycle

The vision for the Washington State University system is best achieved as each campus, college, and unit participates in the planning cycle.

After the university system goals and priorities are established, each campus, college, and unit set their goals, priorities, and strategies. These should align with the system. 

With these goals and priorities in mind, budgets are established, resources are allocated, and plans are put into action. We then monitor and measure progress through various metrics, and continually evaluate effectiveness. 

Each year, an annual review and refresh will occur on a system level to establish the following year’s priorities. 

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Supporting each campus, college, and unit

In addition to the WSU system strategic plan, we assist campuses, colleges, and units according to their planning needs. Our services are customized to the needs of that unit to whatever degree is needed, and are offered at no cost to WSU units:

Design and facilitate half or full day planning sessions

Collaborate with planning teams

Assist in consultation for the development of a unit’s plan

Help units align with the system plan

Provide materials and tools for planning

Tools for planning success

Need a jumpstart or a framework for your planning process? We’re happy to assist with that.

Because we are a new office, we are still building out toolkits. We are excited to help and assist you with your planning needs and develop new materials along the way!

  • Would your unit benefit from a facilitated discussion to help create a shared vision? Perfect, because we would love to help with that. Let’s chat about this service we freely provide for all WSU campuses, colleges, and units.
  • Additional tools and resources will be posted soon, we promise! Contact us and let’s talk about what your needs are- we may have something in development that you can use.

A transformative approach to data use

Washington State University students will engage in scholarship, research, and experiential learning activities to prepare future leaders, scholars, and global citizens.

  • As outlined in the WSU System strategic plan and OneWSU guiding principles, data should inform decision-making. We are shifting how the WSU system approaches data and makes decisions to achieve its strategic goals.

Data governance is already happening in the WSU system, but we have room to improve. The Data Management Program will put in place structures and guidelines to drive innovation and efficiency in reporting, analytics, and data management for all WSU stakeholders.

Our vision is to make data more accessible, accurate, and actionable for all who need it.