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Your ideas and constructive criticism related to the Drive to 25 initiative is invited. In fact, it’s essential to our success. Achieving Top 25 stature truly requires an ongoing dialogue and the involvement of the entire WSU community.

So please share examples of Top 25-like WSU achievements, ideas about how we can better communicate our successes, and other thoughts, such as:

  • If you could make one change that would make WSU a top 25 by 2030, what would it be?
  • Is there a topic, research area, partner, or student success opportunity that you think WSU should be engaging but isn’t? What is it and why?
  • Imagine you had unlimited dollars to invest, and the only requirement was that you had to use the money to help WSU do a better job of fulfilling its land-grant mission of teaching, research, and engagement. How would you spend that money?

We look forward to publishing comments in this space. You may share your input anonymously. If you prefer to email your thoughts, please send them to

Note: Feedback of any nature is welcome. Comments regarding the Drive to 25 initiative will be published here. All other input will be forwarded separately to the Office of the President for consideration.

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The idea is good, but I’m confused why no strategy is proposed. The numbers should be published (for WSU and those that top us) along with possible routes to 25 to start discussion. Also, some metrics are unrealistic. WSU will never compete in “Total R&D expenditures” since 25 other public institutions are ~2x our size or greater. Unless WSU plans to double in size by 2030, all metrics should be per capita. The goal, furthermore, should be clarified: In how many metrics does WSU need to hit top 25 – just one? Finally, principles that relate this to the balanced budget initiative must be established – must all Drive investments be budget neutral? If not, what qualifies for ‘deficit spending’? I know lots of this must be debated, but strong leaders lead with flexible but concrete proposals. I encourage a swift movement from a bunch of goals to a proposed strategy to achieve them.

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We need to renovate all of these old buildings. Starting with adding ethernet ports in all rooms for people who don’t have laptops with access to wifi or people who study in rooms that have bad wifi signal, which is a lot of rooms.

Just a thought: How about you don’t ask some of your best untenured professors to fund a gene editing research program that could be slaughtered by regulations at any time by the FDA? Sure would suck if those people lost their jobs for nothing. How about stop pouring so much money into athletics to the detriment of the quality of education here and use that money to fund your research initiatives instead? You’ve got a Biotech building that’s not even a decade old and it’s got leaky pipes and cracks in the wall already. Please learn to prioritize what’s really important above an athletic program that will end up costing us tens of millions dollars because it’ll have been in the red for a decade.

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My GPSA senator representative has informed me that the school is considering cutting funding for library journal subscriptions. I am afraid this will have a negative impact on scholarship generally and is incompatible with the goals in the Drive to 25. To make WSU a Top 25 institution we need access to research. Thank you for taking my comment into consideration.

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Good afternoon President Schulz,

I am a PhD student in Experimental Psychology here, and would like to comment on the crisis our WSU libraries are facing.

In the Drive to 25, it’s vital that we retain access to scholarly publications that allow students to advance research and increase a standard which requires original sources and current research publications to be accessible. In my personal experience as a long-time student, institutions I have attended that have reduced their journal subscriptions have found themselves struggling to maintain R1 status, and do a disservice to their researchers, faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Without access to resources that allow full literature reviews, it will be impossible to reach the Drive to 25 goal. Imagine research which does not have adequate background to publish, present, or contribute to the scientific literature. Imagine that graduate students and other researchers who do not receive high salaries at this institution and are unable to pay for their own journal subscriptions or access to articles (which vary from between $25-$40 for each individual article). Not only would this be frustrating, but it will lead to a decrement in academic work created at WSU. While we may have access to archives, current research is required for submission to most research journals and presentations at conferences.

I urge you to find a way to allocate funding to this vital part of the Drive to 25 initiative, and support our research contributions.

Thank you for taking the time to read this feedback, and I hope that you will take it into consideration.

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