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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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Personally, I believe that improving our status as a university involves all the ambassadors of our university, be that, athletics, spirit teams, the marching band, cougar connectors, or orientation counselors. The football team, the cheer and dance teams, and the marching band get more air time on ESPN than any other part of our school, and it is important to make the parts of our university, that are most accessible, the most excellent. Be it, money for recruiting, expanded financial benefits, free food, anything that will get talent to stay, and make our public eye greater.

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I am curious to know where Extension fits within your university goals. As we are that 3rd leg of the land grant university mission

1. Two changes: a) Give the regional campuses autonomy for conferring tenure and promotion for its faculty and developing curriculum more in line with its own constituency; b) beef up research infrastructure like internet, servers, library assets.

2. Topic: Preservation of digital assets. The country is losing information, art, historical documents. WSU can lead the way for preserving digital works that form of information.

3. Outreach to the public to teach the foundation of a civil society based on democratic principles.

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Over 3,300 Master Gardeners serving over 330,000 residents in Washington State. We would love to see additional funds directed to applied plant and soil sciences. Funds that are not attached to any company and their products, just pure science.

Where are the goals for the WSU Extension programs? Master Gardeners started in this state and I see no mention of anything directed towards agriculture or applied plant and soil sciences. The only thing the University seems to be interested in growing is money for its other programs. We Master Gardeners work so hard at engaging the public and making the WSU program well known. It’s disappointing to feel left behind.

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Break out of your bubble! Sharing your research with the public in ways that the public finds useful will ensure that the public sees the value in continued funding of your institution.