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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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The university really needs to consider adding the Higher Education Administration program back into the graduate curriculum. As there are no real higher ed admin preparatory programs close by, this program prepared higher ed leaders for our own institution as well as state and region-wide. This program was a strong recruiting tool for housing as well as other programs looking to recruit some of the best of the brightest to lead units across campus. In addition, the university needs to support this program as it is a program that attracts a lot of state fee waiver students.

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I loved the president’s comment on “diversifying the faculty.” I’d like to be part of the conversation on strategies to diversify the extension faculty.

The change I would like to see would be to add a food access/food security focus. Feeding our people with quality food grown sustainably with more environmental conscientiousness – and starting that emphasis with youth.

More support for rural communities, especially extension services. Bring back the “cooperation” in cooperative extension.

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With the WSU System expanding statewide, I believe that each campus needs independent resources to facilitate learning and research. An example of this is library services. Primarily at the newest campus in Everett. The engineering program is working with top level companies, and they need library resources on their campus. A lot of this includes having a physical library space to hold a small collection and staff/librarians to assist these students and faculty.

We are currently doing our best to help these students from the Pullman campus, but some resources are difficult to get to them promptly.

If we are going to be a statewide system, then we need have each campus functional from all viewpoints.

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I would fully fund the WSU library system. Top universities have world class libraries. Our library system does an excellent job but is constantly fighting to do more with less. We will not be a top 25 institution without supporting our library.