Through survey results, multiple meetings with University stakeholders, both internal and external, attendance at events, active listening, and immersing myself in the trends and conversations around the future of higher education at both the local, state and national levels, I have begun to outline a plan to ensure student success, which is at the core of our mission.
To support our effort to achieve student success, we will put into place a signature four-year program, The Westfield State Experience. This new program adds intentionality to the learning process and capitalizes on a number of elements already in place.
The changing landscape of higher education is forcing institutions to sharpen and focus their mission. Positioning Westfield State as a model, comprehensive institution requires us to be strategic in our approach to enrollment and program development.
Strategically grow graduate programs, which will in turn provide financial and other sources of support for undergraduate programs
The Westfield State Experience does not end at graduation. We must continue the relationship that successfully prepared students for their professional life by building affinity for the University through alumni connections.
Reposition the Institutional Advancement Division to continue to develop a culture of philanthropy by focusing on alumni engagement, cultivation and fundraising
Achieving student success does not come from just one mind. Currently, we possess the brushstrokes of a vision. But decisions about how we are going to achieve our goals are ongoing. The process is fluid and organic, and relies on input and collaboration from students, faculty, staff and other partners. We are anchored by our values and mission, capitalizing on our existing strengths and harnessing new opportunities for the success of our students and the betterment of our campus community. With this in mind, we are positioning ourselves as a model, comprehensive public institution in Massachusetts—and in the nation, and delivering on the The Westfield State Experience.