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Q & A with College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (Sept. 27)

Medical school, interdisciplinary programs, extension and outreach, forestry, student fees, creamery, faculty leadership training, discretionary money for department heads

Audience member comment: I was glad to hear you address the medical school and that you’re doing collaborations with the other colleges. I think that’s a great thing. I wanted to say that right now we have a discovery team going out and meeting new alums. We’re hearing a lot about the medical school, because it’s one of our talking points for getting people involved and getting their feedback. I think they have to see themselves in it a little more, and one of the … » More …

Q & A with College of Arts and Sciences (Sept. 27)

Funding the Drive to 25, CAS funding, libraries, dean searches, evaluating graduate student success, staff salaries and support, graduate student stipends, and health insurance

Q: It’s going to be tough without some specific support from the legislature to make Drive to 25 happen. I wonder, if prior to announcing this to the world, you’ve had some conversations with the legislature that make you think some additional support might be forthcoming?

Kirk Schulz: Most of my discussions with legislators have been introductory in nature and talking about the medical school. As part of that conversation, though, I’ve talked about Drive to 25, and I’ve used … » More …

Q & A with Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (Sept. 20)

Drive to 25 metrics, SAT scores, and trust in leadership

Q: When you say the Drive to 25, I assume that by 25 you mean the U.S. News and World Report rankings, or are you referring to some other ranking? Also, what are the specific metrics we need to be focusing on to get to the top 25?

Kirk Schulz: I don’t mean the U.S. News and World Report rankings. There is a series of standard metrics out there that are used by other institutions that include research expenditures, graduation rate, annual giving, and other well-established criteria.

I think institutionally we need to choose … » More …

Q & A with College of Education (Sept. 20)

Football, the athletics deficit, the role of teaching in the Drive to 25, measuring progress, graduate enrollment, airport expansion, and expressions of free speech

Q: Could you please address the issue of the athletics budget deficit, as well as the current situation with the arrest of multiple members of the football team? There was an article in the newspaper stating that you plan to sit down with the athletic director and coach at the end of this season. I just wonder, is that soon enough?

Kirk Schulz: Yes, suffice it to say it’s been an interesting week. Allow me to start with the conduct … » More …

Q & A with Murrow College (Sept. 19)

Institutional support for research, the role of students in the Drive to 25, and telling the WSU story effectively

Q: How will the University support research at the institutional level? We recently got an email stating that the library system budget had been cut by more than $200,000. And in other realms, all of the faculty here can tell you about difficulties with getting timely responses from the Institutional Review Board. These are issues that are important when we’re trying to maintain and recruit top faculty at a top 25 university level. So, are there plans to address research support in the Drive to … » More …

Q & A with non-college affiliated faculty, staff, and students (Sept. 19)

Student success, the humanities, funding the Drive to 25, and the roles of development and other campuses

Q: In one of the slides I saw a mention of parental involvement for student success. How do you envision that?

Dan Bernardo: That is part of a grant proposal that was submitted by both CAHNRS and the College of Arts and Sciences. There is a strategy within the grant to better involve and communicate with parents to encourage student success. At other universities where they have implemented this strategy it has been quite successful in helping to retain students.


Q: Can you talk about the … » More …

Town halls highlight Drive to 25 initiative

WSU President Kirk Schulz and Provost Dan Bernardo  are in the midst of hosting 15 town hall meetings in 4 weeks for each college and campus to discuss the Drive to 25 initiative and seek input that will determine the details of the effort.

“We want this to be a community conversation, not just a list of the great things that we’ve heard,” Schulz said at the first town hall, on Sept. 19. “I believe firmly that if we do this, we do come to better decision points.”

The president recently indicated that striving to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities … » More …