Mission, Vision, and Core Values.

Mission Statement

Western Oregon University provides a personalized learning community where individuals experience a deep sense of belonging and empowerment.

Vision Statement

Our vision is for Western Oregon University to be a model of intentional inclusion and accessibility. We strive to empower students to meaningfully impact our local community and beyond. Grounded in the principles of a public liberal arts education, we will enhance career and social mobility through a focus on critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for successfully navigating the complexities of life.

Core Values

Our core values are the fundamental beliefs and guiding principles that shape the identity, culture, and actions of Western Oregon University. They serve as a foundation for planning, implementing, and evaluating initiatives. Decisions, interactions, and priorities will reflect the deeply held convictions that contribute to the ethical framework and mission of the institution.

Centering Students

At Western Oregon University, we put students first in everything we do. We are dedicated to enhancing the student experience by continually developing and improving the ways we work. Our decision-making is guided by a commitment to meeting student needs through innovation, inspiration, and data. We actively seek student input, ensuring their voices are heard and considered.

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Embracing Diversity

Western Oregon University values the unique qualities and differences that make our community strong. Diversity is a positive, transformational force, and we work to foster meaningful inclusion, empathy, open communication, and a willingness to understand and learn from each other.

Fostering Accessibility

At Western Oregon University, we work to ensure inclusivity and eliminate barriers in our physical, social, and learning environments. We are dedicated to continuous improvement so that every member of our community can engage, contribute, and succeed.

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Valuing Community

Western Oregon University is dedicated to building strong communities within the university, as well as in the region, in the state, and beyond. We proactively cultivate relationships and partnerships to enhance the education of our students and serve the needs of the community. Our institution is committed to civic engagement, economic development, and cultural enrichment.