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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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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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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.


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To make WSU a Top 25, research and knowledge should stay on top of everything. Therefore, it is most important to make sure that students get access to as many sources of knowledge as possible. Only by allowing and encouraging students to get in contact with all the knowledge available out there we will be able to achieve great things.

Research will then become much more efficient and of higher impact.

Thank you very much.

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How can we expect to become a top 25 research institution if our library spends under half of what other top 25 R1 libraries are given to spend. I understand we have to balance the budget and I commend that, but how about changing the way sports are financed. Sure some probably have a net benefit to the school, but most are a net drain on the finances. I love going to soccer games, but how can you possibly offer them for free and not see that that hurts the bottom line of everyone on campus? In all, research doesn’t happen without access to journals and other services libraries provide. Their budget NEEDS to increase.

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