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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?

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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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To be able to make informed decisions, you need a large amount of quality data. It also needs to be easily retrievable and able to cross multiple database platforms.
At Facility Services we have vast amounts of information. The problem is that most of the information is in paper format. What we do have in electronic format is difficult to search.

We are now requiring CAD drawings for the construction projects, but we are missing out on the data rich environment of BIM.

How can we be considered a Top 25 University if we are still running our Facilities Services department with technology from the last century?

Two main items to push this along would be a true Document Management software package designed for construction documents and the implication of BIM for life-cycle management of facilities.

I have attempted to push these items forward from my position without much luck. Someone at a much higher position will need to see the value.

Two quotes keep coming to mind, “We don’t know what we don’t know” and “We never seem to have the money or time to do things right the first time, but we always have the time and money to do them over”.

Thank you for your time,

Chuck Coen

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We have many worthy goals outlined to enable WSU to advance to the Top 25 by 2030. I have not, however, seen much about making WSU a greener university. What materials could we repurpose, for example, instead of discarding them? Are we really thinking way outside the box as far as implementing greener practices ? This morning on my way to work through campus, I saw a leaf blower sending clouds of dust flying. The operator indeed stopped when people walked past him, but the motor continued to run creating a nauseous gas odor and sending fumes into the air.

As a land-grant university, I believe it is inherent in our mission for us to be a standard bearer in the fight to make our world greener. If steps are not taken, what kind of environment will future students have to deal with by 2030? It is indeed admirable to have all these lofty visions to achieve this status, but we also need to have a “green vision” to work in tandem with the realization of these goals.

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Dear President Kirk Schulz,

Welcome to the Cougar family. I attended WSU as an undergraduate from 2008-2012 and received my B.S. in Zoology and a minor in History. I then started my first full time job in the College of Pharmacy where I completed my first publication as a first author, and fell in love with impacting the world through science. I left Pullman in the summer of 2013 for New Orleans to earn my M.S. in Anatomy but returned home to Ephrata, WA the following summer.

I currently work at the Washington State University Spokane campus in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine as a research intern for Dr. Eva Szentirmai. I love working here! They take my ideas seriously and I have grown as an individual and leader.

This past January (2016) I created a walking group for the Spokane campus. I strive to make a positive difference in the lives of the students and staff in my community. This group includes members from three Universities: WSU, UW, and Gonzaga.

This idea started out as a way for us to exercise, but I have bigger plans. I want a dedicated website through Washington State University for all people with WSU ID’s to log in and track their fitness and health. Imagine logging in and seeing Bernard Lagat (a former WSU athlete and Olympian) working out and encouraging other WSU alumni to exercise! Imagine if we saw our Cougar friends exercising from all corners of the globe.

I can imagine a personalized page where our fitness trackers (i.e. Fitbit, iPhones etc.) track heart rate, metabolism, sleep, steps, and calories burned. I envision a website where alumni, students and staff can log in and add each time we exercise and become motivated by other Cougars exercising. I want there to be a way to upload maps to show safe walking routes on each campus. Imagine a place where the student recreation center would be able to advertise their fitness experts and their advice.

A place where…

I have big ideas and I believe that WSU has the opportunity to pave the way with these ideas. I know not all of these ideas are great. I know they are not all going to work, but I want help making some of them a reality.

I want to change people’s lives by taking action and motivating them to live healthier lives. I think that means giving them the frame work and tools to do so. I’m a Washington State University Cougar student, alumni, and employee, and I have BIG IDEAS!


Erin L. Boland

Research Intern

Washington State University

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Ph: 5093587934

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I am surprised that accessibility is not included somewhere in these goals. When there is a culture and expectation of accessibility embedded into the structure of the institution, everyone benefits.

I would like to see something about ensuring all public facing content is accessible and software accessibility is addressed at all levels of purchase. I understand that there are many software solutions that are not accessible, but if we include the question in our procurement processes, it will be on the vendor’s mind. Especially if we include language that voids a contract because of accessibility concerns allowing us the flexibility to purchase accessible solutions as they are developed.

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I am saddened by the plan to solve Athletics’ budget deficit with increased alcohol sales. Inevitably, there will be increased highway fatalities and injuries as our students leave Pullman for Seattle after games. This decision also has the potential to cause very negative publicity for WSU if the media decides to emphasize a “Trade-off” between students and funds, either now or after a particularly tragic post-game accident.

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