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The vision for UW Oshkosh has come into focus through a comprehensive strategic planning process. This plan outlines a roadmap to transform our University and better serve our students, our region, our state and the world.

Strategic Priority A

Enhance Student Success


Strategic Priority B

Promote Academic Excellence


Strategic Priority C

Expand Community Engagement and Economic Development

Strategic Priority D

Build an Inclusive and Supportive Institutional Environment

Transforming UW Oshkosh

UW Oshkosh has embarked on the 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.

Within this plan a new and exciting future is identified for UW Oshkosh as a research-enhanced comprehensive university. This identifier elevates the research already being done and puts even greater emphases on it. It will also drive innovation and responsiveness in the curriculum, another key focus of the strategic plan.

At the heart of the plan remains the student in the forms of student success, education, preparedness, experience and support system.

Foundational Elements

Inclusive Excellence

At its core inclusive excellence insists that universities guarantee that every graduate achieves their fullest potential and is prepared for global leadership, through an engaging curricular and co-curricular experience that embraces, affirms and transforms every student with respect for their varied backgrounds. And, at UWO, every member of our community will embrace diversity and inclusion in all the work they do.

Liberal Education

Liberal education empowers and prepares students to deal with complexity, diversity and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A 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.


With a deep sense of responsibility and the increasingly common vision of resilient, prosperous communities, UW Oshkosh is committed to progressively reducing its ecological footprint and fashioning a durable and better world through its academic mission. Sustainability means integrating three dimensions: social justice, economic security and ecological integrity into all we do.

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; and we believe that the strength of shared governance is that it recognizes and respects the unique contributions of each individual as well as the recognized governance groups participating in the process; and we believe that collegiality, respect and inclusion are core values in the process.