A message from President Ramaley

The path ahead of us will be filled with both opportunities and challenges. The conversations that we have had as a campus community in the past year in preparing our Self-Study report for the Higher Learning Commission have led to a rich and stimulating vision of what it will mean to educate our students for the 21st century.  Now, it is time to plan what we will do as a community of learners to create an educational environment that can support our shared vision of preparing students to “serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, their lives and their communities” (revised WSU mission statement 2011).


The speed of change both in our own region and around the world has upped the ante for both the depth and breadth of what our students must learn.  We must go beyond the traditional curriculum and teach students to work in a more creative and integrative way.  The areas of interest that emerged from our discussions this fall are closely aligned with the ever more demanding expectations for college graduates. As the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has learned in its continued efforts to define the structure and goals of a 21st century education, employers and educators have articulated a new set of expectations---“global knowledge and competence; intercultural knowledge and skills; creativity and innovation; teamwork and problem-solving skills in diverse settings; information literacy and fluency; and ethical reasoning and decision making.”


We have much to learn about how to prepare our graduates for today’s world, and I am excited about the opportunity we can provide through this internal grant opportunity to invest in some projects that will support innovative approaches to learning and teaching to add to our distinctiveness, contribute to the quality of the student experience and build our capacity to fulfill our mission.


It is a pleasure to invite you to consider submitting a proposal for a Next Chapter Grant or an ASF Special Initiative Award.

Judith A. Ramaley