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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 have been an employee of WSU for one-fifth of its 125 year existence, and am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work here and ply my trade as a philosopher. I think that in order for WSU to become the kind of institution it desires to become, it should turn its gaze inward for a moment and have a conversation about the kinds of values that a contemporary American university ought to have. It will not do to assume a kind of vague triad of values such as “helping humanity, making money and being successful,” which seems to be our present public persona. There is no bandwagon we can jump on that will tell us what we ought to be about. We dare not assume that the applications of science and technology that occupy so much of our effort can themselves give us a safe, reliable, or ethical guide for moving forward. Let’s begin a deeper conversation.

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My many years in the private sector lead me to a great appreciation that here on the WSU Vancouver campus, we truly have all the right people in all the right slots, making it easy for faculty and students to have faith in the process. I therefore wonder if our amazing Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Nancy Youlden, is being considered for the now open post of Vice President for Student Affairs. If not, I urge you to do so. She is a thoughtful, deliberative, organized leader whose talents should touch the lives of all of our WSU family.

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Since unlimited dollars is a dream the university needs to make better decisions on how we spend money. Constructing many new buildings when we cannot take care of the ones we have (stairways closed when it snows, no janitorial services in offices, broken plumbing that remains broken for a decade) is a bad idea. I can’t imagine how the new medical school will fit with the drive for 25 since we do not have enough money to fund it, and it will constantly get the students the University of Washington rejects. We invest in more administrators, admit more students, and we do not invest in building and maintaining a quality faculty. Our faculty numbers per student do not look like those of top 25 schools. We continue to look for grand solutions instead of maintaining and supporting our core missions.

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WSU is affiliated with two well respected public broadcasting entities in KWSU TV and NWPR. I believe these could be better used to leverage our communications about how WSU is leading the way in our community, region and nationally.