First draft of strategic plan revision released for public comment

contact: Jeanne Baron
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The first draft of Western Michigan University's revised strategic plan for 2016-20 will be published online the week of Jan. 24 for review by WMU students, employees, alumni and other stakeholders.

The document reflects several months of discussions by a broad cross-section of the campus community as well as analysis of the Universitywide Strategic Plan Stakeholder Survey that was conducted in December.

This first draft presents priority objectives and strategies that address information gathered by the University Strategic Plan 2020 Transition Team through the stakeholder survey and review of 2014-2015 strategic planning reports. It serves as the first of many opportunities WMU stakeholders will have to see and react to the revisions being made as the three-year 2012-15 plan transitions to a five-year 2016-20 plan.

All students and employees are encouraged to review the draft, discuss it with colleagues and attend one of the many focus groups to be held by units across campus during February. The draft document as well as a calendar of the planned focus group meetings will be posted on the strategic planning website at

A second draft of the revised plan will be presented to the campus community in March for final review. The new 2016-20 University Strategic Plan will be presented to the WMU Board of Trustees in late March for its consideration.

For more information, to provide strategic planning input, or to keep up to date on planning activities and events, contact Jody Brylinsky at or visit the strategic planning website.