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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 driveto25@wsu.edu.

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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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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I am writing to express my dissatisfaction in regards to the proposed decrease in library funding for the 2017-2018 school year. If we are trying to cut $500,000 from the library budget next year, where does that leave us in the Drive to 25? If this initiative is to succeed in a little more than 10 years, how will leaders and administrators face this challenge?

For example:

7 out of top 25 packages are being reviewed this year and will most likely be cut.

As compared to peer institutions (2010-2014):

Mean increase in total library expenditures across institutions was 12.43%. WSU = -1.21%

Mean total Salaries and wages across institutions increased by 5.2%. WSU = -7.57%

Mean other operating expenditures increased by 32.84%. WSU = -42.75%

Top 25 R1 libraries spend $13 million on materials. WSU = $ 6 million

WSU libraries would need an increase of $300,000 every year just to accommodate journal inflation.

Budgets are going to continue to be cut, especially in the current political climate, where do we stop as a campus community and realize without a strong library, we can never achieve Top 25 status? I hope that you all consider the need to increase the budget for libraries, not just sustain it.

Leigh Gaskin

Ph. D. Candidate in American Studies

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

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I am concerned about the status of our library system. As a graduate student I access journals fairly regularly to stay on top of what is happening in the research world, and if these services were no longer provided by the university I feel that my, as well as other students, work would suffer a great deal. I have heard from GPSA that the libraries are projecting over $500,000 to be cut from journal subscriptions, and I would like to express my deep concern for this. I believe this cut would negatively influence our Drive to 25.

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Hi,
I heard recently that the library will be cutting a lot of journals. In the world of physics research, progress can be highly dependent on finding pieces of our research puzzles from disparate sources. By cutting physics related journals from our accessibilities, we would add a huge amount of resistance to progress. I hope you’ll consider the need for accessibility to journals in the physical sciences when deciding which journals to cut.

It is highly contradictory to the drive for 25 mission.

Tom

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