Weber State Undertakes Strategic Planning Process in 2020

This year, Weber State University will be developing a new comprehensive strategic plan for the university.

The goal of this process is to identify our institutional strengths and build on that foundation to inform Weber State’s priorities and goals for the next five years.

It will be an open and collaborative process that focuses on creative, realistic and measurable ways to plan for WSU’s future. 

During this process, we’ll ask questions such as: What are our fundamental beliefs? Whom do we serve? What do we have to do to achieve our mission and move forward?

By the end of this process, we’ll know what our desired outcomes are, and how to achieve those outcomes. 

Dr. John Welty with AASCU-Penson has agreed to facilitate the process of developing an updated strategic plan for our institution. Dr. Welty served as president of California State University, Fresno, and has engaged in strategic planning processes in the state of Utah. Dr. Welty has developed a timeline for the strategic planning process, with the goal of having a new plan in place by January 2021. 

Dr. Welty facilitated meetings with stakeholders April 13-14 via Zoom. 

The University Planning Council will form a sub-committee to review the data collected from these strategic planning sessions and other data pertinent to the planning process. The UPC will reconvene on June 1 to hear the report of that committee so it can compare that data to the university’s foundational statements before fall semester 2020 begins. 

This is an important process for the university, and we want to make sure your voice is included. If you were unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions, you are welcome to provide feedback on the process by emailing

This page will serve as a resource for updates throughout the planning process.

If you have additional questions/concerns, please contact Steven Richardson, Director of Strategic Initiatives at

Thanks for your ongoing efforts to help shape WSU’s future.

Last updated April 21, 2020.

Anticipated Timeline

Phase One:

February/March 2020
(Getting Started)

Phases Two and Three:

Constituent Feedback and Research
April 2020
(Nuts and Bolts)

Phases Four to Six:

Constituent Feedback, Task Force, Drafting, Plan Review
April - December 2020
(Nuts and Bolts)

Phase Seven:

Finalize Plan
January/February 2021
(Bells and Whistles)


Spring 2021