West Chester University is dedicated to building and sustaining excellent academic programs, while supporting and developing an academic environment that ensures student success. A broad set of four objectives were initially developed to enhance the University's focus on student learning as measured via specific measures of learning outcomes: to provide an academic environment that encourages learning and student success, to provide greater access to academic programs via both traditional and non-traditional methods of delivery, and to strengthen pedagogy, technology, and facilities in support of teaching excellence at the University.
The Academic Theme is largely divided into five sub-areas of focus:
Rigorous and systematic academic planning and assessment (the core mission) - including Graduate Education
Enhancement of the student learning process and services that support that process (from advising to offices including the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Affairs).
Comprehensive internationalization (study abroad, international student enrollment, and global partnerships).
Distance Learning, the development of off-site teaching locations and alternative delivery of education
Ensuring innovative teaching classrooms and adequate office/research space