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2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future

Western Carolina University's comprehensive master plan guides the development and improvements of the campus over the next several decades.  A direct outgrowth of the university’s recently approved strategic plan, titled “2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future,” the campus master plan addresses issues related to new building needs, utilization of existing space, parking and transportation, technology infrastructure, sustainability, safety and security, preservation of campus heritage and integration of the campus with the surrounding community.

Read the Strategic Plan: 2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future

As we continue to strive towards the goals outlined in the 2020 plan, we share the progress that has been made and celebrate our accomplishments. Read the full report and learn about the programs and projects that have been implemented.

See the Progress

To improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state, and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research, and creative and cultural activities.

  • Excellence in scholarship, teaching, and learning
  • Collaboration with and respect for our communities
  • Free and open interchange of ideas
  • Responsible stewardship and organizational effectiveness
  • Organizational and environmental sustainability
  • Cultural diversity and equal opportunity

To be a national model for student learning and engagement that embraces its responsibilities as a regionally engaged university.

Campus Master Plan

Master Plan


The role of the Master Plan is to:

  • Allow orderly expansion over the next ten years.
  • Preserve existing character and rural nature.
  • Establish sense of community and being for the inhabitants of the campus.
  • Provide a basis for the budgeted project expansion strategy.
  • Adaptable to the future needs of campus.

2017-2018 Campus Master Plan Update

2014 Campus Master Plan

2014 Campus Master Plan Appendix A

2014 Campus Master Plan Appendix B

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