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Strategic Plan

Uplift Valpo

Our Beacon for the Journey Forward

Under the direction of the President José Padilla and Executive Vice President and Provost Eric Johnson, Valparaiso University completed a year-long strategic planning process to shape our future. The plan was approved by the Board of Directors in July 2022.

Hear about the plan from Valparaiso University President José Padilla.

Our Mission

Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.

Our Vision

Valparaiso University will be renowned worldwide for preparing women and men who are highly sought for their knowledge, character, integrity, and wisdom.

Our Commitment

We are called to seek truth, serve generously, and cultivate hope.

The Plan

As a Lutheran University, we will value each person’s calling in the way that we teach, providing opportunities to grow as both servants and leaders through reflection and action. We will be a community of hope, letting the light shine through us as beacons for the world to see.

We believe that God is calling Valparaiso University to continue the work of our founders by making a life-changing education accessible to all those who want to live a life of purpose dedicated to loving our neighbors. We are called to prepare students to lead and serve in church and society. This grounding in the Lutheran tradition is a fundamental feature of the institution forming an unbreakable foundation that enables a robust freedom of inquiry to unlock the mysteries of the world and its inhabitants while simultaneously helping all of its constituents to identify their calling and work to meet the world’s greatest needs. Valpo students will learn to make a living and a life that matters.

In this plan we double down on the University mission to prepare students to lead and serve by intentionally weaving it through curricular and co-curricular activities. Through this the University will firmly plant its stakes in the ground about who we are and live up to that promise fully for our students and our community. From our unbreakable foundation built upon the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith we will pursue an unparalleled experience for our students, developing uncommon relationships among the entire University community to present our unmistakable value to the world.

The plan is organized following four themes:


Valpo creates an unparalleled learning experience for students that is nationally recognized for its excellent teaching, experiential learning, and demonstrated career outcomes.


Service is at the center of what we do. We prepare students for lives of service — lives shaped by a sense of calling, equipped for thoughtful reflection, engaged in the larger world, and responsive to its deepest challenges (Valparaiso University Institute for Leadership and Service).


Beacons lead by example. Our graduates are sought after for their knowledge, character, integrity, and wisdom. That translates into thoughtful, compassionate, and ethical leaders ready to take on the challenges of a complex global world.


Living out lives of faith and service, we thrive in our calling to serve in society.  We strive to lead meaningful lives as individuals and work toward a better world in the communities and regions we impact. The institution flourishes in its operations and finances and is a driving economic force in the region.

For more detail, read the Executive Summary and Goals Document

Draft Action Initiatives

Taking strategic action will require dedicated efforts across the institution. Through our strategic planning process the University Community generated over 1000 ideas that have been crafted into approximately 30 draft action initiatives and operational imperatives. Over the coming weeks, University Leadership will begin prioritizing and sequencing these actions and developing implementation plans with initiative owners.

Read about the Draft Action Initiatives Summary (Staff and Faculty Access Only)


For questions about the strategic plan, please email strategicplanning@valpo.edu