Building the Future of Winona State

Winona State University delivers the finest residential public education experience in Minnesota; we are empowered to have hopes and dreams. From a position of strength, WSU has embarked on a journey to uncover transformational ideas that will truly change the university. We are imagining what we want to become and where we will invest our efforts for the next five to ten years.

During the 2013 academic year many participated in open sessions to gather “Hopes and Dreams” for WSU. Campus and community members submitted thousands of ideas. Qualitative analysis of these ideas formed the foundation for our planning efforts.

The word graphic on this page represents a content analysis of the ideas submitted. The size of each word is a measure of its frequency in the responses. It says a lot about us. Students are foremost on our mind, followed by the community, the campus, our WSU identity, the faculty, and research.

In academic year 2014, we refined our focus. Groups from every sector of campus considered our planning priorities, People, Programs, Price, Place and Pride, and submitted additional initiatives. We also developed a new planning structure with the establishment of a Long Range Planning Committee.

By the conclusion of spring semester 2014, six strategic direction themes emerged. The entire university, in shared governance and committee venues will now review these themes. After integrating feedback, we will complete our strategic plan.