Assessment, Accreditation and Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

University Planning provides planning/policy coordination and accountability reporting for the University's Strategic Plan (Higher Values in Higher Education) and Campus Master Plans.

Higher Values in Higher Education

The University's Strategic Plan was implemented in academic year 2004-2005. It was updated in academic year 2007-2008 and again in 2011-2012. Each edition of the strategic plan contains the vision, mission, values, goals, and priorities for becoming the leader in educational quality, opportunity, and affordability among our peers.

The University is committed to comprehensive accountability reporting structures for its strategic planning process. Each spring, the vice presidents and areas that report to the president make annual presentations on strategic plan priorities, accomplishments, and budget requests.

Annual Strategic Plan Updates summarize this information; and this information is also used in Performance Reports and the Performance Dashboard to compare institutional performance and efficiency to peer institutions. Regular Strategic Plan Updates summarize the current status of Higher Values in Higher Education initiatives.

Academic Excellence

We are committed to student success in an academic environment that encourages lifelong development as learners, scholars, teachers, and mentors.

Educational Opportunity

We are committed to providing accessible, high quality educational programs and financial support for our students.


Personal Growth

We serve as a resource for and stimulus to educational, cultural, environmental, community and economic development in our region and well beyond itfor the public good.

Social Responsibility

We are committed to providing opportunities for personal growth in a transformative educational environment that supports the development of wellness, ethical decision making, and personal responsibility in the global community.



Western Illinois University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The University was first accredited in 1913 and accreditation has been continuous since that time. The University's most recent reaccreditation was approved on June 7, 2021 by the Commission.

Campus Master Plans

Campus Master Plans summarize the future physical development of the Macomb and Quad Cities campus facilities, grounds, technology, and infrastructure. The Master Plan website includes the 20-year vision for our campuses and annual updates on our progress.