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Strategic Priority A

Enhance Student Success

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Strategic Priority B

Promote Academic Excellence

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Strategic Priority C

Expand Community Engagement and Economic Development

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Strategic Priority D

Build an Inclusive and Supportive Institutional Environment

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Foundational Elements

The foundational elements are central to UW Oshkosh.

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.

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.


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.

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. Student success, education, preparedness, experience and support system is infused throughout this plan.


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh provides a high-quality liberal education to all of its students in order to prepare them to become successful leaders in an increasingly diverse and global society. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to innovative teaching, research, economic development, entrepreneurship and community engagement to create a more sustainable future for Wisconsin and beyond. High quality academic programs in nursing, education, business, social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, fine and performing arts, engineering technology, information technology, health sciences and applied and liberal studies—all delivered in an innovative and inclusive learning environment—lead to degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and professional doctorate levels.


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be a research-enhanced comprehensive university built upon the ideals of a liberal education, inclusive excellence and shared governance that reinforces a nationally recognized emphasis on sustainability.


  1. Student Success
  2. Inclusive Environment
  3. Sustainability
  4. Shared Governance
  5. Community Partnerships
  6. Creativity
  7. Workplace Joy

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