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The Mission of WPI (Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 22, 1987)

WPI educates talented men and women in engineering, science, management, and humanities in preparation for careers of professional practice, civic contribution, and leadership, facilitated by active lifelong learning. This educational process is true to the founders’ directive to create, to discover, and to convey knowledge at the frontiers of academic inquiry for the betterment of society. Knowledge is created and discovered in the scholarly activities of faculty and students ranging across educational methodology, professional practice, and basic research. Knowledge is conveyed through scholarly publication and instruction.

Our strategic plan builds on the following foundational elements of WPI’s community:

Our Core Purpose1:

WPI’s mission is to create, discover, and convey knowledge at the frontiers of technological academic inquiry for the betterment of society.


Who We Are and What We Stand For2:

As passionate educators and scholars, we are:

  • Distinctive – We embrace high-impact educational practices, perform groundbreaking research and innovation, value rigor and data-driven analysis, and deliver impact in communities worldwide.
  • Inclusive – We value the diversity of thought, culture, and perspective that our students, faculty, alumni and partners bring to our shared goals and mission.
  • Steadfast – We make lasting commitments to the WPI community around the globe.

As bold innovators, we are:

  • Courageous – We take on grand challenges and ask tough questions to shape the future of technological higher education and research.
  • Strategic – We educate leaders with entrepreneurial and global mindsets to approach challenges with the curiosity and courage needed to improve the human condition.
  • Dynamic – We seek to understand and adapt to evolving opportunities to make an impact on our students and the world; we embrace disruptive technologies and are a force in transformative paradigms.

As dedicated leaders, we are:

  • Driven – We continuously focus on delivering the highest value education and scholarship.
  • Catalysts – We enable tangible outcomes and measureable success as we advance our mission worldwide.
  • Impactful – We make a positive difference for our students and in communities around the world.

Vision—Our Picture of the Ideal Future3

  • We are the global leader in project-based higher education.
  • We engage in transformative and important research.
  • We demonstrate our positive impact on the planet and communities around the world.
  • Our faculty, students, staff, alumni and partners are recognized for their contribution to improving the human condition and expanding economic prosperity.
  • We are a strong, inclusive community that enjoys working and learning together and celebrating success.

1Adapted from the WPI mission adopted by the Board of Trustees May 22, 1987
2 Synopsis of work done by faculty and staff during presidential listening sessions 6/25/14–10/15/14; taken from summary documents
Resulting initiatives from Ignite Team retreat sessions 11/13/14, 11/24/14, and 1/7/15–1/8/15