From IWU Magazine, Fall 2014
Summary of Strategic Goals
strategic plan is a detailed, 30-page document, but its essence is captured in the
following goals and objectives that will set priorities for University initiatives
over the next six years. To read the plan in its entirety, go to www.iwu.edu/president/Strategic.
Teaching and Learning:
Foster intellectually challenging teaching practices that actively engage students’
critical and creative faculties while emphasizing the University’s commitment to the
liberal arts and professional programs.
Cultivating an Enriched Campus Community:
Create and support a dynamic, inclusive campus community that provides high-quality,
student-centered, out-of-class learning experiences to prepare students for academic
success, democratic citizenship, life in a global society and a lifelong affinity
with Illinois Wesleyan.
Develop and sustain a dynamic, inclusive campus community that actively and visibly
supports and educates for social justice, diversity and human rights. Continuously
shape and support this diverse community of students, faculty, staff and alumni through
evaluation, recruitment, mentoring and retention efforts.
Communications and Engagement:
Engage University stakeholders and key external audiences via an integrated program
of communications and experiences that tell and demonstrate the Illinois Wesleyan
Allocate, compensate and provide professional development as part of ongoing efforts
to recruit and retain outstanding faculty and staff and to enhance morale across campus.
Maximize IWU’s financial base and focus the use of financial resources on supporting
Illinois Wesleyan's Guiding Principles
The University drafted and adopted new mission and vision statements in 2003. Both
received very minor revisions prior to launching IWU 2020 and were referenced by the plan’s work groups in determining priorities for the new
strategic plan. The revised mission statement follows:
Illinois Wesleyan University, an independent, residential, liberal arts university
founded in 1850, strives to attain the ideal of a liberal education while providing
unique opportunities with distinctive curricula and programs. A liberal education
at Illinois Wesleyan fosters creativity, critical thinking, effective communication,
strength of character and a spirit of inquiry. Our curriculum deepens the specialized
knowledge of a discipline with a comprehensive world view. The Illinois Wesleyan experience
affords the greatest possibilities for realizing individual potential while preparing
students for democratic citizenship and life in a global society. As the University
pursues this ideal for all of our students, we help students to follow a wide range
of career and life paths, offering diverse curricula in liberal arts, fine arts and
professional programs as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary study and off-campus
learning. The University, through our policies, programs and practices, is committed
to diversity, social justice and environmental sustainability. A tightly knit, supportive
university community, together with a variety of opportunities for close interaction
with excellent faculty, both challenges and supports students in their personal and
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