From time to time, I will turn over the Perspectives column space to others, either inside or outside the university community, who have an important point of view to share about an issue that impacts Washington State University. This week, Robert Bates, provost
and executive vice president, is writing about an important university-wide effort – the review of our strategic plan.
The future for Washington State University has never been brighter. Our efforts in building research and graduate and professional education, our success in recruiting the most academically qualified and diverse freshmen class ever – including the growth of four year programs in Tri-Cities and Vancouver – are extraordinary.
President Floyd will appoint a standing presidential level Strategic Planning Committee soon. This group will review input from the university community and will draft an update to the Strategic Plan. The committee will serve an on-going role for continuous review and update of the plan.
This is an exciting time at Washington State University. You can feel the sense of purpose, the vigor in our teaching and scholarship, the vitality of faculty, students, and staff at each of our locations, and the pride in our accomplishments. But our drive for excellence will require all of us if we are to move to the next level. Please join us in affirming our strategic goals and setting our course for the future.