Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles are a set of key statements and ideas that drive how elements of the project will be designed, implemented, and operated. They are guard rails, which help to ensure key decisions and solutions remain consistent, defined, and driven toward the project’s Mission & Goals, and to prevent deviations that may introduce risk to the project timeline and budget

Key Principles

Thoughtfulness Around Impact

Use change management and strategic communications to engage and inform the entire WSU community throughout the project.

Empowered Decision-Makers

Bring together key leaders from across the university to represent the community. Empower them to make the best decisions for WSU.

Self-Service First

Access and analyze information in real time to provide transformational support and data analytics for research, instruction, decision-making and outreach. 

Future First

Design the system with our future needs in mind, not only today’s. 

Flexibility and Adaptability of Business Processes

Let’s design for simplicity, user-friendliness, and efficiency.

Streamline Processes

Develop a standard way of operating that will provide consistency and connection to help us work together effectively. 


Design processes to be user-centric, with users in mind. Move away from designing for Finance and HR; shift focus to user needs and design processes from a user’s point of view. 

Inclusivity and Accessibility

The Modernization Initiative is committed to inclusivity and accessibility, through outreach, training activities, and materials. 

Workday First

Our chosen set of solutions is robust and meets our needs. Look to it first, not outside it. 

Configuration Replaces Customization

The technology is designed to support our operational needs, both now and in the future, and won’t require unique customization, only configuration.