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Advancement Excellence

A strength of any institution is the level of engagement with those it serves. At The W, that includes a diversity of constituents: students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, the community, and elected officials. By cultivating these relationships, we build support critical to the future of The W. One important outcome of valued relationships is the continued generosity of our larger W family, providing resources that allow us to improve quality across all aspects of the institution.

GOAL: CONTINUE A CULTURE OF GIVING
To ensure we reach the next level of excellence, The W must continue a culture of giving that encourages participation through gifts of time, resources, and talents that strengthen and improve the institution. We must provide structures that can align constituents more closely with their interests and background at the university. The W will encourage this culture at the time students enroll at the university and continue to reinforce it throughout their educational progress and beyond.
  • Conduct interviews with potential donors and provide them a menu of giving opportunities.
  • Continue to increase participation in faculty/staff giving campaign.
  • Find more opportunities to educate students about their donors and the importance of philanthropy.
GOAL: FOSTER PRIDE IN THE UNIVERSITY AND ITS PROGRAMS
By continuing to foster alumni pride, The W can be successful in its first-ever major gifts campaign designed to support key university initiatives such as academic program enhancements, athletics, campus improvements, scholarships, and recruitment. We will also strive to solicit resources to recruit, retain, and support faculty and their research to enhance the academic environment of excellence. These constituencies can be valuable ambassadors for the university in recruiting potential students, as well as mentoring and helping retain enrolled students.
  • Create excitement around the Major Gifts Campaign to encourage donations for success.
  • Develop a campus speaker’s list for alumni activities.
  • Provide more opportunities for donors to support faculty.
  • Develop an alumni ambassador recruitment team to host student recruitment events.
GOAL: OFFER MORE PROGRAMS REPRESENTATIVE OF DIVERSE ALUMNI BASE
While planning events, affiliations will continue to be developed through academic college alumni groups and other identifiable constituencies. Increasing participation in programming such as Homecoming, special events, and Alumni Office activities, while broadening access to all alumni by offering virtual options, will be key.
  • Provide a virtual option for all alumni/donor events.
  • Continue to offer campus programming virtually to alumni/donors.
  • Offer more diverse alumni events and more diverse speakers.
GOAL: PROVIDE RESOURCES TO ASSIST STUDENTS FINANCIALLY
Enhance the recruitment of high-ability students to continue to build a climate of academic excellence. We will also endeavor to provide adequate financial resources to students to complete their studies and to include resources for student research and travel. Private contributions will be elicited to provide greater academic opportunities through awards. Scholarship structures and disbursements will be continually reviewed and aligned to support existing and future programs, services, facilities, and activities.
  • Provide more opportunities for donors to support students.
  • Provide donors with departmental needs in order to provide better learning environments.
GOAL: ENHANCE SERVICES TO SHAPE CAREER-READY GRADUATES
Continue to provide an environment that will enhance classroom experiences and assist students and alumni with career goals. By introducing emotional intelligence career training, students can develop critical competencies, regardless of major, to help them successfully interact with co-workers and clients to build the foundation as a high-performance team member in their profession. This training advances effective communication and collaboration and provides resources to navigate career-related challenges and conflicts on both a personal and professional level.
  • Partner alumni as mentors to offer networking and job shadowing opportunities for students.
  • Continue to offer workshops and job fairs with intent to collect data through experiences.
  • Provide professional development workshops.