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Q & A with College of Nursing (Oct. 14)

Drive to 25 metrics, health care placements, inter-professional collaborations, nursing’s visibility, diversity, and marijuana research


Q: When will you publish the metrics for the Drive to 25?

Kirk Schulz: November. My November letter to the campus community will have those metrics. If I claim that somehow we’re going to take all this feedback and use that to make adjustments and then put it out next week, you go, ‘Well, you didn’t really have any time to look at the feedback, so how could you really evaluate it?‘ So, I think we’ve got a pretty decent consensus among the leadership team, but … » More …

Q & A with College of Medicine (Oct. 14)

Tenure-track positions, a pre-med undergrad program, health care academic tracks, increasing diversity


Q: Hi, I’m Hans Van Dongen. I’m the director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center. I noticed we’ve made it into this packet here, so I’m very happy about that.


Q: We’re also one of those groups that bring in that funding you were alluding to from the NIH and the Department of Defense. So we’re well positioned to help move the Drive to 25 forward. I heard you mention in an earlier communication that one of the things that’s important to do in that context is … » More …

Q&A with College of Pharmacy (Oct. 13)

The health sciences in the Drive to 25, the Grand Challenges, incentivizing research, the role of students, gender diversity


Q: I was wondering how significant the health sciences campus will be—the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Medicine—in your reaching our top 25 goal by 2030?

Kirk Schulz: All right, I’ll give my answer and let Dan give his answer as well. I give the answer first ’cause I’m the president.


KS: It’s absolutely critical because if you look, you can say, ‘We are all working really hard, a lot of people are very successful. Why, just because you put this on a piece … » More …

Q & A with WSU Tri-Cities (Oct. 12)

Presidential goals, Drive to 25 metrics, doctoral students, faculty productivity, WSU Tri-Cities’ role

Q: A few weeks ago you shared a list of goals that the Regents gave you. And I have to say I was surprised that you did that because it’s like we all get to evaluate you, so could you talk a little bit about your thoughts behind that? And also the Drive to 25 is pretty aggressive, by 2030, so you’re kind of putting yourself out there, you know?

Kirk Schulz: Yeah, so one of the things that I did at my previous institution is when I … » More …

Q & A with Honors College (Oct. 11)

Funding new facilities, challenges to reaching top 25, undergraduate research, student retention efforts

Q: On your previous slide, you were talking about the buildings that we’re currently building. I understand that we’re trying to make sure that we have funding secured for these big building projects. What are the comments on those, though?

Kirk Schulz: On funding the ones that are actually up there?

Q: Yeah.

KS: I think we’ve pretty well identified dollars to do all of those things. I was at Kansas State for seven years. I did these monthly letters. Nobody in the media cared about any of them. I did … » More …

Q & A with WSU Vancouver (Oct. 6)

Tuition structure, state funding, reorganization of marketing efforts, athletics budget deficit, Drive to 25 impact, diverse student success

Q: I know a lot of this presentation has centered on budget. I was curious if there’s been any discussion or consideration of the way that tuition is charged for full-time students. Currently, anyone who’s going to take 10 credits or 18 credits is paying the same tuition rate. And a lot of institutions charge per credit. I think most institutions do that because it’s more accurate and the financial model generates more revenue. I’m just curious if there’s any thought on that?

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Q & A with WSU North Puget Sound at Everett (Oct. 6)

Defining research, WSU innovation in new buildings, extension programs, graduate education, clinical faculty, hybrid teaching positions, faculty/staff recruitment and retention

Q: What are the parameters that define what research is? Do you have several labs? Do you have to be approved by a certain accrediting body? If a professor’s students are testing out three versions of the Mars rover, is that considered research?

Kirk Schulz: So when we talk about our percentage of undergraduate students involved in research, creative activities, and discovery, in my mind, let’s assume that we advance ahead and decide to use that as one of our metrics. … » More …

Q & A with College of Veterinary Medicine (Oct. 4)

Town-gown relationship, airport expansion, grad student insurance, experiential learning support, the tuition-driven model

Q: I have two questions for you. The first is surrounding your mention of the importance of growing faculty and diversity in the faculty and the faculty backbone. I think one of the main things that I’ve seen this past three years in the Allen school is that we really struggle to attract and retain high-quality faculty. And I think there are a lot of things that go into that, but one of the things is, I don’t see a lot of communication and collaboration with the actual city infrastructure component.

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Q & A with Carson College of Business (Oct. 4)

Drive to 25 metrics, sub-goals, tuition and student capacity, student retention, and measuring impact

Q: Can you give your thoughts on how the Carson College can contribute to the metrics that are listed, the CMUP metrics listed currently on the Drive to 25 document—specifically, the team one.

Kirk Schulz: So, anytime I pull out specific ones, I run the risk of really making people upset. So, I’ll do it anyway, right?


KS: One of them, for sure, will be something around fundraising and annual giving. If you look out there, you say, ‘If I have to choose a college with … » More …

Q & A online with Global Campus (Oct. 4)

Involving online students in research, the Drive to 25, reorganizing marketing and communications, the medical college, electronic textbooks, and more

(Dave Cillay, vice president for academic outreach and innovation, read the questions submitted online).

Q (Dave Cillay): President Schulz, one of the participants is wondering if you have any thoughts on how we might engage online students or our Global Campus students in WSU research projects?

Kirk Schulz: That’s a great question, and the answer is, I don’t know. I hope not to say that for every single question. I think we’ll have some faculty members throughout the system doing research … » More …