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Academic Excellence

Academics are at the heart of a W education. Our dedicated faculty, respected in their fields, champion a commitment to teaching shaped by their research, scholarship, and creative expressions. Partnered with an equally committed staff, they foster a learning environment that is both broad and highly personalized. For the W, academic excellence results in graduates who are equipped for the competitive and diverse global economy.

GOAL: PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
The W is committed to an academic environment that fosters critical thinking, excellence in written and oral communication, creative expression, and civic engagement. By capitalizing on the university’s personalized learning environment, our goal is to create and instill in our students an attitude of active engagement and investment in their learning. We also commit to creating opportunities for co-curricular programming through the cultivation of diverse campus communities.
  • Create additional synergies between admissions and academics for channeling new information about programs and actively promoting and recruiting for all majors.
  • Create and sustain a diverse community of student scholars who challenge themselves academically, personally, and professionally.
  • Create opportunities for synergies between academic programs and athletics.
GOAL: PREPARE STUDENTS TO BE LIFE-LONG LEARNERS AND CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF TODAY'S GLOBAL ECONOMY
The W is committed to providing high quality accessible resources and services to support excellence in learning, teaching, and research for our students and faculty. With an emphasis on developing and enhancing student research, creative activity, and faculty mentoring, we hope to create opportunities to produce and share original work with other researchers, future employers, and graduate programs, and to ensure that students are equipped to participate actively in ever-changing social and economic challenges.
  • Provide academic units and campus organizations with resources necessary to prepare students to compete in a highly competitive employment market.
  • Offer active-learning pedagogies and experiential opportunities such as residencies, clinicals, internships, and study abroad.
  • Promote and develop relationships with potential employers to highlight program strengths, distinctions, and student achievements.
GOAL: PROVIDE RESOURCES TO FOSTER EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING
The W is committed to enhancing accessibility in all traditional, hybrid, and online learning environments. By creating an equitable learning experience with a foundation of instructional support and innovation for faculty and staff, we will offer a rich educational environment and university experience for our students.
  • Leverage the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning to support faculty and staff with educational resources and professional development to provide ongoing and innovative strategies that enhance teaching, learning, and foster leadership.
  • Enhance accessibility in all learning environments to create an equitable learning experience.
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn new technologies to complement classroom learning.
  • Continue to strive for parity of resources and services for distance students to provide a rich learning environment and university experience.
GOAL: RECRUIT AND RETAIN A DIVERSE FACULTY AND STAFF
The W is committed to enriching the learning experience of our students and the campus culture through an investment in attracting and retaining a diverse group of faculty and staff. We will continue to create a welcoming environment by investing in our rich campus community and additional support, including competitive salaries, that will ensure retention of current and new faculty and staff.
  • Implement inclusive recruiting and search committee training to facilitate an increase in diversity among faculty and staff.
  • Create a welcoming community to retain and empower all faculty and staff.
  • Invest in increasing salaries to become competitive in hiring and retaining a diverse faculty and staff.