Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What Do We Want To Be?

WSU Strategic Planning
Data Analysis Effort

During our strategic planning listening process, on many occasions we have heard that Wichita State University must not try to be all things to all people. We must decide what we want to be, and then be what we say we are. This seems simple, but it is not.

During a recent campus update, WSU President John Bardo said that we have not engaged in a campus-wide full discussion of expectations with regard to what it means to Wichita State University to be a “research university.” There are many types of research universities, each with different allocations of time and resources.

What does it mean to you for Wichita State University to be a “research university”? What do we at Wichita State University want to be? How do we establish a unique niche? What should that niche be? I would like to hear your thoughts.

By the way, much of what President Bardo discussed during his campus update is linked to what our Steering Committee is hearing in our strategic planning discussions. If you have access to the myWSU website, you can access his update on the home page.

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