Core Themes

NWCCU requires each institution to establish Core Themes. A core theme is  a “manifestation of a fundamental aspect of institutional mission with an overarching common purpose that guides planning for programs and services, development of capacity, and application of resources to fulfill that aspect of the mission.” 

Western's core themes derive from University's strategic plan and are as follows:

Core Theme 1: Serve the State of Washington by Expanding Student Access

Core Theme 2: Foster Student Success

Core Theme 3: Strengthen Communities Beyond the Campus


Core Theme Indicators

Indicators of Core Theme Achievement, Spring 2015 (PDF)