Assessment, Accreditation and Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

The initial version of the University's current strategic plan was implemented in 2004-2005. It was updated in 2007-2008, again in 2011-2012 and most recently in 2016-2017. Through all of the updates the mission, vision, values, goals and priorities for becoming a leader in educational quality, opportunity and affordability have remained the same. The most recent version of the strategic plan can be found at the link below.

Higher Values in Higher Education 2017-2027

In Fall 2021 the University embarked on incorporating four specialized area plans into the current strategic plan. That process is ongoing and will include input from a large number of representatives from across the university. The four specialized plans were developed over the past year to help WIU chart a future towards clear goals related to some of our biggest challenges. The four plans are below.

The University is committed to comprehensive accountability reporting structures and transparency of results. Each Spring all areas of the university are required to submit an annual report on strategic plan priorities and accomplishments from within their area. The University's core values shown below are links to dashboards with annual results.

Academic Excellence

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

(Dashboard coming soon)

Educational Opportunity

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

(Dashboard coming soon)


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.

(Dashboard coming soon)

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.


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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.