The mission of the Wheatley Institution is to enhance the academic climate and scholarly reputation of BYU, and to enrich faculty and student experiences, by contributing recognized scholarship that lifts society by preserving and strengthening its core institutions.
Named for Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley, the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University enhances the reputation and scholarship of BYU by seeking creative and powerful ideas which lead toward practical and constructive solutions to real societal issues. The Institution broadly disseminates those motivating ideas and policy recommendations to the wider world, and is guided in all its work by enduring, bedrock values.
The purpose of the Institution is to produce consequential scholarship in key topics consistent with its core mission. The Institution will convene leading scholars and experts from BYU and from beyond campus to research and publish collaboratively as well as individually on these topics. This convening and collaboration will enrich the academic environment for BYU students and faculty and expand the influence of BYU and its faculty within the scholarly disciplines and in the broader culture. Application of sound scholarly work to important real-world problems and meaningful implementation of the results of research are top priorities. The Institution also seeks, through recognized scholarship, to influence the scholarly agenda and scholarly discourse in areas relevant to its mission both on campus and in the wider world. The Institution will expand its contribution and influence through the dissemination of scholarly products, exchange of academic personnel and ideas through conferences and seminars, and the results of applied and programmatic research.
As part of BYU, the Institution follows university policies and procedures as set by BYU’s Board of Trustees, including those governing Institution appointments. The Institution is supported entirely by donated funds in fulfilling its mission and purpose.