Transforming UW Oshkosh

UW Oshkosh has embarked on a critical journey of implementing a new, forward-looking strategic plan that will focus on our core priorities of student success, academic excellence, campus effectiveness and our impact on the community, state and world. Strategic planning is about what the University is capable of doing and how the campus and community work together to accomplish it.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh provides a high-quality liberal education to all of its students in order to prepare them to become successful leaders in an increasingly diverse and global society. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to innovative teaching, research, economic development, entrepreneurship and community engagement to create a more sustainable future for Wisconsin and beyond.

High-quality academic programs in nursing, education, business, social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, fine and performing arts, engineering technology, information technology, health sciences and applied and liberal studies—all delivered in an innovative and inclusive learning environment—lead to degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and professional doctorate levels.

1. Student Success

2. Inclusive Environment

3. Sustainability

4. Shared Governance

5. Community Partnerships

6. Creativity

7. Workplace Joy

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be a research-enhanced comprehensive university built upon the ideals of a liberal education, inclusive excellence and shared governance that reinforces a nationally recognized emphasis on sustainability.

The Foundational Elements are central to UW Oshkosh.

Inclusive Excellence
UWO embraces inclusive excellence through an engaging curricular and co-curricular experience that affirms and transforms all students with respect for their varied backgrounds.

Liberal Education
Liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills, such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

Shared Governance
The governance groups at UW Oshkosh are proud of the strong tradition of shared governance, and we believe that we should collectively advance a future-oriented, active, engaged and inspired process of shared decision making.

With a deep sense of responsibility and the increasingly common vision of resilient, prosperous communities, UWO is committed to progressively reducing its ecological footprint and creating a better world through social justice, economic security and ecological integrity.

Strategic Priorities

A: Enhance Student Success

Goal 1: Attract students, both nationally and internationally, who will select UW Oshkosh as their institution of choice.

Goal 2: Increase the retention, progression and graduation rates.

Goal 3: Prepare students for today’s careers, future employment and high quality of life.

B: Promote Academic Excellence

Goal 1: Offer challenging, globally focused and inspiring undergraduate and graduate curricula.

Goal 2: Create a research-enhanced comprehensive university.

Goal 3: Transform the life of the faculty.

C: Expand Community Engagement and Economic Development

Goal 1: Drive economic development and entrepreneurship in the Fox Valley.

Goal 2: Lead community engagement efforts in the Fox Valley.

Goal 3: Provide social, cultural and athletic programming, as well as mutually supportive educational outreach opportunities to the region.

D: Build an Inclusive and Supportive Institutional Environment

Goal 1: Increase equity, diversity and inclusion across every level of the University.

Goal 2: Promote and support workplace joy.

Goal 3: Transform the cultural, fiscal and structural nature of the University.


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