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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 driveto25@wsu.edu.

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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It is inexcusable that the new President has so blatantly neglected the entire biomedical (not bioengineering) community of the University. How can the tens (hundreds?) of millions of dollars granted WSU combined with decades of success at every level not be considered “Evidence” of success. Such a myopic view of the University’s strengths is crushing.

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In this campaign, as with so many before it, there seems to be absolutely no focus whatsoever on improving the working conditions for university STAFF members. I am not referencing physical building conditions, but the culture and climate of this university that faculty and students are paramount and inherently more important than staff. I have observed over and over again spanning years an attitude that staff are disposable and easily replaceable, which causes a systematic devaluation of the very group that makes this university RUN. If every staff member stood up and walked out today, the whole university would come to a grinding halt. This new president NEEDS to understand that there is a fundamental problem here that reaches all the way up to the highest levels of administration (deans, etc.) and make true, genuine efforts to reach out to a large cross-sectional group of university staff to work WITH them to improve the way this university treats the people on whose backs faculty stand to achieve their research goals.

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Offer more competitive salaries to your educators. You cannot expect to achieve these goals while paying sub-par salaries.

I have observed that many staff members on campus are under a crushing workload. Students and their families experience frustration and a negative perception of WSU when they encounter administrative staff and advisors struggling with being overwhelmed and burnout due to extremely high volume and minimal staff to meet the demand. This situation also leads to policies and procedures that are convenient and time-saving for administrators, as opposed to procedures that are convenient and user-friendly for students. No efforts to increase institutional size and reputation and attract top students can be successful without adequate staffing levels.

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If we truly embrace a world view and desire to be a Top 25 institution, we should have an international display of flags reflecting the past and present countries represented at WSU.

Additionally, if we had unlimited dollars, we would send all new admitted undergraduate students a letter of admission along with a passport application in it, driving home the message that at some point in the student’s time at WSU, he/she will be going abroad to either study/volunteer/research, etc. And there would be money for this so that anyone wishing to do so has the opportunity. Imagine how that would change the world, one W-S-U at a time.

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