A Strategic Plan for Illinois Wesleyan University

Approved by the Board of Trustees
February 7, 2006

Introduction from President Richard F. Wilson


Read an Executive Summary of the Plan

Background and History
Mission Statement
Vision Statement

Goals and Strategies:

I. Teaching and Learning
II. Student Development
III. Human Resources
IV. Diversity
V. Identity
VI. Financial Resources


Background and History

In the 2000-01 academic year, Illinois Wesleyan President Minor Myers, jr. and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees (BOT) authorized a review of the University’s Mission Statement as part of the self-study process for continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.  That review, led by the Council on University Programs and Policies (CUPP). resulted in significant revision and updating of the Mission Statement language; the current statement was adopted by the Board of Trustees in October 2003 and follows this introductory section.

As the self-study reached its conclusion in February 2003, President Myers launched a strategic planning process.   His first charge to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) was to develop a vision of the University that could guide planning for the next decade.  Although President Myers tragically did not live to see the Vision Statement finished, work on the Statement continued in 2003-04 under the leadership of Acting President Janet McNew, and it was completed in Fall 2004 after President Richard F. Wilson assumed office.  The Vision Statement appears in this document following the Mission Statement.

Parallel to the process by which the final language in the Vision Statement was being developed, the BOT formally resolved in February 2004 that work should begin immediately on a strategic goal that the entire Illinois Wesleyan community agreed should be the University’s first priority—Creating a More Diverse Community.   Intensive work by the SPSC in Spring 2004 allowed Acting President McNew to present a Diversity goal statement and strategies for BOT approval at its May 2004 meeting.  President Wilson presented the first progress report on achieving that goal at the May 2005 BOT meeting.  The Diversity goal and strategies are incorporated in this document alongside five additional goals and accompanying strategies developed during 2004-05 and 2005-06.

In 2004-05, President Wilson used an inclusive process to lead the campus community toward the determination of these five new goals.   He stressed repeatedly that the goals selected should focus on issues that are critical to the future of the University and that might not be addressed without intentional action.  The SPSC adopted five goals in Spring 2005 after receiving extensive input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Trustees throughout the year.  Then, from October through December 2005, work groups representing all campus constituencies suggested a number of specific strategies for achieving each goal.  These goals statements, strategies, and rationales for each strategy appear as the last section in this document.  They were presented and reviewed in several campus forums and adopted by the Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee (SPBC, a successor to the SPSC) in January 2006.

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For details on the Strategic Planning process at Illinois Wesleyan, go here.