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2012-13 Action Plan

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The Action Plan for the 2012-2013 academic year

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    EWU Strategic Plan 2012-2013 Action Plan

    Goal 1 Student Success

    Strategies

    2012-2013 Actions

    Leader
    • Consolidate academic advising services
    Academic Affairs
    • Develop Learning Commons*
    Academic Affairs
    • Complete study/recommend change of EWU's academic calendar
    Academic Affairs
    • Expand Summer Bridge Program
    Academic Affairs
    • Redesign and implement new approach to developmental mathematics
    Academic Affairs
    • Launch four-year degree pathway
    Student Affairs/Academic Affairs
    • Improve residential experience
    Student Affairs/Business & Finance
    • Improve services to veterans
    Student Affairs

    *Develop Learning Commons

    There has been a flurry of activity at the JFK Library during the summer as staff worked to complete Phase I of the Learning Commons project - a key action for student success. The Learning Commons centralizes essential student support services, while giving students from different disciplines and fields of study the opportunity to enhance their skills and work together in ways they never could have before on campus. The Writers' Center, the Program Leading to Undergraduate Success (PLUS) and the Multi-Media Lab (formally the MARS Lab) have all been relocated to the Commons. As the university moves forward through successive phases it will be able to add other services students have indicated they want placed in the Commons. The Commons will become a place where a student's entire learning career at EWU will be supported. They will be able to move seamlessly from one service to another.

     

    Goal 2 Institution of Innovations

    Strategies

    2012-2013 Actions

    Leader
    • Utilize eLearning, offer degree programs and certificates
    Academic Affairs
    • Expand faculty use of technology
    OIT
    • Launch Alternative Energy Center*
    Academic Affairs
    • Establish dual admissions program with Community Colleges
    Student Affairs/Academic Affairs
    • Improve residential experience
    Student Affairs/Business & Finance
    • Explore new grant and/or start-up funds
    President's Office

    *Launch Alternative Energy Center

    Eastern has high hopes of becoming the regional epicenter of alternative energy education, with a state-of-the-art demonstration site proposed for the Cheney campus. Continued progress has  been made with project scoping and predesign work. The site would provide research opportunities for Eastern's engineering students while serving as a place for K-12 education students to learn renewable energy instruction.

    EWU envisions a small classroom structure that contains an engineering lab equipped with user-friendly data kiosks and the latest sustainable building features where students can explore solar installations, a wind turbine and a fuel cell.

    The demonstration site would also be open for fieldtrips by area schoolchildren, grades 3-12, who could take advantage of a mini-solar car raceway, solar boat troughs and an activity pad where they might run their own experiments. The university has committed resources for the initial site preparation, and funding is being secured through a number of public and private grants.

     

    Goal 3 Community Engagement

    Strategies

    2012-2013 Actions

    Leader
    • Launch Institute for Community Engagement*
    Academic Affairs
    • Increase internship participation by 5 percent
    Student Affairs
    • Expand partnerships with Cheney
    President's Office

    *Launch Institute for Community Engagement

    The faculty concept for an Institute of Community Engagement will begin operation later this fall and will aid students and faculty in the development of service learning opportunities.

    A director for Community Engagement was hired this summer to help fulfill this key goal of the university, which will focus on outreach efforts in the greater Spokane region. The new director will oversee the Institute, co-located in Cheney and Spokane. Eastern expects the Institute to become a place where members of our region can find support and assistance for projects, internships and volunteer activities.

     

    Goal 4 Visibility

    Strategies

    2012-2013 Actions

    Leader
    • Initiate Public Phase of EWU's Capital Campaign
    Advancement
    • Study feasibility of Gateway Project*
    Advancement
    • Develop Community Engagement Magazine
    Advancement
    • Continue to leverage Athletics for increased community engagement and visibility
    Athletics

    *Study Feasibility of Gateway Project

    The Gateway Project is a proposed multi-use facility that would makeover the football stadium and take Eastern game day and campus life to a whole new level. In addition to 8,000 new seats on the Washington Street side of Roos Field, the Gateway facility hopes to incorporate concessions, leased commercial space, suites and an academic success center.

    During the summer, the university initiated the feasibility study phase in order to determine if the university can do something of this magnitude andhow it would serve the mission of the university. The feasibility study will also identify revenue streams and measure costs and will be followed up by initial design documents.

    The hope is that the Gateway Project will act as a unifying structure on campus, bringing the academic and athletic components of the university closer together, while providing an inviting entrance to campus.

    Contact Information

    Office of the President
    214 Showalter Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: president@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.6362
    fax: 509.359.7036

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