WSU’s Next Chapter: What is it? Why do it? What does it mean to you?
What is WSU’s Next Chapter?
WSU’s “Next Chapter” is the opportunity for us as a community to create collaboratively the vision and foundation for our future. We have a chance to determine what we value, what qualities will continue to make us distinctive, and how we will move those ideas forward. We are creating a roadmap for the journey ahead, and “The Next Chapter” will be our guide. As a part of this initiative, we are creating a framework to support innovative projects that guide the fulfillment of our mission.
During fall 2011, departments and programs worked collectively to create their own, more extensive documents in response to these questions. The hope is that these documents guide departments and programs in their own strategic planning and provide ideas for WSU’s Next Chapter.
Why do this?
We became aware the HLC accreditation process could have additional benefits —1) we have a chance to get many people from across our community of learners involved in planning our future, and 2) we can set a vision and direction to share with our incoming new President in 2012.
What does it mean to you?
In January we will release a Request for Proposals for Next Chapter projects. Please think about what you envision WSU doing, and being, in the next decade. We hope you will also think about people and programs with whom you could collaborate—if you had the support to do so. Finally, please think about projects to support what is unique and effective at WSU, or projects to create new points of distinction for us as a community of learners.