Strategic Planning


The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives facilitates the implementation of USD’s strategic plan, Envisioning 2024, and prepares USD for its next regional accreditation visit with WSCUC in 2021. The theme of USD's institutional report to WSCUC will be the strategic plan.

Take a look at USD's Strategic Plan Annual Reports below.




Envisioning 2024 poster



Strategic planning and accreditation share many of the same fundamental elements because they both involve demonstrating our commitment to quality and improvement as defined by our regional accrediting agency WSCUC (2013):

“Institutions are committed to high standards of quality in all of their educational activities. They utilize appropriate evidence to improve teaching, learning, and overall institutional effectiveness. Through strategic and integrated planning, institutions demonstrate the capacity to fulfill their current commitments and future needs and opportunities.”

Six interconnected pathways (Liberal arts, Anchor institution, access and inclusion, engaged scholarship, practice change making, care for our home)