Since my arrival in March 2009, I've been impressed by the expertise, enthusiasm, and momentum I've found in the West Chester University campus community. The electronic suggestion box WCU Ideas Online has proved to be one excellent way of tapping into your wealth of great ideas for solving problems and moving the institution forward. One of the areas for which you have presented valuable and innovative ideas is in overcoming the challenges posed by the economic downturn.
The President's Cabinet and I have carefully assessed each suggestion, identified those that seemed most achievable and promising, and appointed task groups that are each charged with the thorough exploration of a single initiative. To date, we have five groups examining strategies for generating additional revenue streams and for moving the institution to still higher levels of excellence. We are considering both strategic investment in new directions in accord with our mission and redefinition of some of the ways we do business.
Two task groups are investigating the feasibility of expanding our curricular offerings, one via distance education and the other by use of the winter break to offer credit-bearing courses. Another group is reexamining the Academic Year Model to ensure a direct link between enrollment and faculty resources. The fourth group is looking at our graduate programs to determine whether we can take advantage of a new Board of Governors policy allowing differential tuition. The final task group is exploring both short- and long-term ways to internationalize WCU and prepare our students more fully for the present and future global world.
I invite you to visit the page for each task group to learn about the group's membership, charge, and schedule for meeting its work goals. The task groups' research and deliberation will play an important role in informing our next strategic plan and helping us together shape the future of West Chester University.
Greg R. Weisenstein
President, West Chester University