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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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I absolutely love that you’ll be holding annual town hall meetings with each unit. I’d also like to see this expectation set at the college/department level – it surprises me how much we don’t communicate internally and often don’t learn about projects, goals, etc. until after they’ve happened or been met. I think the communication could help inspire comradery and collaboration, as well as excitement about the many interesting things happening all around us. This investment is more in time and collaborative effort than money.

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I would like to see greater financial support for the WSU Libraries Collections. The resources that the library purchases and licenses provide necessary component of the research, education and service mission of the University for all Academic Areas. A long history of nearly flat funding combined with chronic high price inflation scholarly publications, especially journals, has left this area woefully under resourced. The chronic high price inflation is not unique to WSU and it suggests that Universities need to develop long-term strategies fund and communicate their research results in a substantially different fashion that is financially sustainable.

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I’d like to see Humanities education respected and supported by the Dean of CEA. I feel that the investment in STEM needs not exclude Humanities, as it often appears to be, but that a parallel investment should be considered. Can one live with bread alone, really? The university education should be aimed at forming a “total” individual or citizen, not experts in narrowly defined spheres, so that they will be able to meaningfully participate in the affairs that concern humanity in general. This seems absolutely necessary in an inescapably globalizing world.

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I was concerned, in the town hall that I attended that there was no discussion about funding for staffing and infrastructure. We have far too many people being paid on temporary money and no money in place to help even maintain the current infrastructure, let alone improve the outdated infrastructure we currently have. When I speak of infrastructure I mean everything from administrative services to the internet wiring in our buildings.

Obviously this means we need some one time money to help with major overhauls of systems in place, but also a plan for permanent money to help properly fund staffing needs and for maintaining systems.

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I worry that in the rush to “Full incorporate improved research protocols and campus safety initiatives” this will be yet another burden placed on research faculty without any additional support. In my 6 years here I have seen an increasing number of programs and regulations with which I am supposed to work or comply. None of them actually make my lab or research safer, none help me do my job, but all involve more overhead (meetings, forms, checks) and responsibility (forms I must sign). One recent example that highlights the absurdity of this is the notion that we need to come up with plans for our labs in the event of various disasters or events such as power outages. There was no support for this, just a new mandate. Well, considering power outages, my building does not have a source of back up power! And there is no ready source of dry ice. So my “plan” is simply to keep the freezers closed and hope that the power is turned back on soon.

These suggestions and mandates may seem like a good idea from the perspective of administrators, but from the perspective of faculty trying to do their job, they end up being unwelcome annoyances at best and more often wasteful, frustrating, and insulting.

So I ask that as you push to get WSU to be a top 25 institution you consider how these goals and initiatives are actually implemented and actually affect the people involved.

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