WCU 2020 Plan

WCU is currently undergoing a comprehensive update of its strategic plan, 2020 Vision: Focusing on our Future. We welcome your thoughts and feedback as we work through this process.

VIEW THE Draft of the UPDATED PLAN - 2020 2.0

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Explore the sections below to view the current vision of the 2020 Strategic Plan as approved by the WCU Board of TrusteesIf you have any questions, please contact Dr. Melissa Canady Wargo at wargo@wcu.edu.



#1 – Fulfill the Educational Needs of State and Region

Students supporting regional programs.

Western Carolina University is committed, first and foremost, to fulfilling its academic mission of providing each student a rigorous and relevant curriculum with learning experiences that emphasize knowledge and skills that are durable, flexible, and transferable. 


#2 – Enrich the Total Student Experience

Anthropology students studying remains from field experiences

Every WCU student’s experience reinforces high standards and expectations, connects with the surrounding communities and beyond, and instills pride in the University.


#3 – Enhance Our External Partnerships

Students in the Master of Acountancy Program speaking with Private Partners.

Partnerships with regional businesses and industries, nonprofits, civic organizations, government agencies, communities, and cities are an integral part of WCU’s core mission as a recognized, regionally engaged university. 


#4 – Invest in Our People

Faculty from the Engineering Department working colaboratively.

WCU is recognized as one of the most highly competitive and desirable employers in the region. Excellent faculty and staff are prerequisites for the fulfillment of Western Carolina University’s mission.

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#5 – Invest in Our Core Resources

Image of the backs of students at commencment in WCU Purple gowns, one graduation cap reads "Every Never is Now."

WCU’s core infrastructure is sustainable and positioned to support its strategic priorities. Western Carolina University will ensure a consistently updated infrastructure in support of its mission and vision. 

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#6 - Garner Support for Our Vision

Students supporting WCU during I Love WCU month's giving campaign

WCU’s continued emergence as an ambitious institution of higher education dedicated to the economic and community development of Western North Carolina depends on the development and cultivation of consistent and robust funding sources.

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