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Our Collective Vision
WVU's Strategic Transformation
WVU Strategic Transformation launched in March 2019. Trained department chairs and unit leaders conducted transformational visioning sessions with their respective units to solicit ideas to chart WVU’s future. Over 60 units submitted ideas. In May 2019, a team representing a cross-section of WVU, reviewed the submissions, articulated key themes that framed WVU’s strategic direction and identified specific initiatives. The team generated narratives to articulate the context and intent of the distinct themes. The following is a draft set of goals and illustrative initiatives based on broad campus input to support strategic transformation at WVU. For each goal, we provide a sample metric as an example for how progress towards strategic goals may be measured.
Goal 1: Be an exemplary land-grant university that advances and promotes West Virginia and the Appalachia region
- Increase the depth and scope of community-engaged research to address critical community needs and advance opportunities.
- Achieve status as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University through the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities by codifying, elevating and advancing campus enterprises supporting economic and community development.
- Expand experiential and service-learning opportunities for students to contribute to West Virginia communities, organizations and culture.
- Increase state and regional economic development through research commercialization, industry partnerships, technology transfer and business incubation.
- Enhance teaching, research and engagement activities that support entrepreneurship, technology-based economic growth and workforce development.
- Expand access to healthcare to promote improved health outcomes for all residents of the region.
- Advance WVU Extension Services and programs to leverage research, teaching and service opportunities to engage persistent issues and elevate West Virginia communities.
Goal 2: Be a leader in the creation and dissemination of knowledge
- Sustain R1 classification through investments in technology, facilities, resources, grant-support and tech-transfer (focus on resource and administrative support).
- Advance and leverage technology to develop innovative solutions to community, economic and social needs.
- Provide distinct support for graduate students and post-docs to promote their professional advancement and university research activity.
- Promote undergraduate experiences that engage students in generating and applying knowledge through internships, student research programs, service-learning and study abroad.
- Expand curricular models to increase accessibility to knowledge to include general education, online and interdisciplinary degree programs.
- Build and elevate student life experiences that support student engagement, learning and development.
- Improve undergraduate and graduate retention and graduation rates.
- Create relevant, targeted academic programs that prepare students for the changing global marketplace.
- Identify areas of academic and research uniqueness and advantage and invest in areas of excellence and differentiation.
Goal 3: Be a unified university that is collaborative, integrative and effective
- Build a collaborative infrastructure (budget, facilities, technology, course scheduling) that fosters connectivity and encourages cross disciplinary, cross campus engagement/interaction.
- Create a rewards and recognition structure that encourages, celebrates and rewards cross-disciplinary collaboration and cooperation (versus competition).
- Support cross-campus, multi-way communication (based on listening) that ensures the university community speak from the same values and is open and transparent about its activities, efforts and intentions.
- Develop collaborative processes that intentionally brings people together across disciplines, campuses, colleges, units and centers to create new programs (academic programs, projects, curricula, events, etc.) that advances the university and the state.
- Integrate, align and develop talent (people) to produce effective collaboration.
- Implement a transparent and effective budget, resource and financial processes and management.
Goal 4: Be a model of social equity
- Create avenues for recruiting diverse student, staff and faculty and expand opportunities to retain them.
- Improve campus climate through intentional initiatives that promote all and support underrepresented groups.
- Integrate social equity in the student experience and education.
- Create opportunities for University community members to engage with a global perspective.
Goal 5: Be a university that advances a culture, climate and organizational structure that promotes sustainability, well-being and an enriched quality of life
- Design accessible and welcoming physical infrastructure.
- Identify and develop opportunities and mechanisms to empower faculty, students and staff to collaborate in creating an inclusive and supportive campus community.
- Stewardship of place and encouraging sustainability.
- Support a culture of respect, service, accountability, appreciation and curiosity.
- Create workforce programs/offerings/benefits (health insurance, mental health resources, workplace flexibility).
- Develop professional development, advancement and recognition practices and opportunities for employees and students across their career life cycle, maintain engagement and promote advancement.