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Strategic Plan

EWU Strategic Plan

Goals, Initiatives and Indicators of Success

Throughout the strategic planning processes, the following goals emerged as having the highest impact for EWU:

  • student success
  • innovation and opportunity
  • community engagement

In this 2014 revision, "visibility" is treated as an outcome of successful work toward student success, community engagement and a revised goal, "innovation and opportunity."

Each goal is accompanied by initiatives that are updated annually. Indicators of success show how each goal is measured. All departments and programs are involved in planning and implementation processes, and updates are published each year.

Working together, we are inspiring the future for Eastern Washington University.

Sample Data that Illustrate EWU's Successful Progress Between Fall 2009 and Fall 2014

  • Overall headcount enrollment increased 19 percent from 11,302 to 13,453.
  • The first-year student population increased in diversity from 27.1 percent to 31.2 percent.
  • The entering transfer population increased in diversity from 22 percent to 28 percent (including international).
  • Freshman to sophomore retention improved from 72.4 percent to 77.4 percent.
  • Passing rates for developmental math classes increased from 49 percent to more than 70 percent.
  • Fall occupancy in residence halls increased 18 percent from 1,758 to 2,071 students.
  • The EWU Foundation endowment increased 40 percent to an all-time high of $17.6 million in 2014.
  • The EWU Foundation endowment portion dedicated to scholarships increased 60 percent to $14.02 million.

1. Student Success

Students are at the center of all that Eastern does. EWU defines student success as students' ability to fulfill their goals in education, career and life.

EWU has pinpointed the essential elements for student success. EWU is a national leader for successfully attracting, retaining, graduating and transforming the lives of all students, including under-represented, first-generation, nontraditional and diverse students of all backgrounds.

Goal: To create an environment where students succeed at their highest level.

Key Strategies:
  • Improve retention and graduation rates.
  • Create greater access to, and increased utilization of, student support services.
  • Support EWU faculty and staff in their ability to foster student success.
  • Expand campuswide commitment to student success.
  • Create a system that improves performance of students in developmental courses to accelerate their progress toward degree.
Indicators of Success: (Revised and enhanced from the 2012 Strategic Plan)

By 2017, EWU will achieve these key indicators of successful progress:

  • Increase first-year to second-year retention rates from 75 percent in 2011 to 82 percent by 2017.
  • Increase six-year graduation rates from 46 percent for the 2011 graduating class to 54 percent for the 2017 graduating class.
  • Increase pass rate of developmental math from 48 percent in 2011 to 70 percent.
  • Increase minority, under-represented and international freshman student enrollment from 28 percent in 2011 to 36 percent.
  • Engage all first-year students in dynamic general education and first-year experience programming that is continually assessed for successful outcomes.
  • Increase privately funded scholarship endowments by more than 15 percent to $16 million.
  • Maintain average of less than 25:1 student-faculty ratio.
  • Improve utilization of student support services.

2. Institution of Innovation

EWU can meet evolving community and societal needs through innovative programs and new types of collaborations that make effective use of resources and extend the university's reach and impact.

Goal: Build an environment that utilizes research to identify, anticipate and respond to community and societal needs.

Key Strategies:
  • Create the EWU Virtual Campus, which will provide a premier learning environment for place-bound students and professionals seeking to improve their skills and their own potential for promotion within their work place.
  • Utilize partnerships and collaborations to develop new programs.
  • Enhance and support faculty research programs by growing the participation of undergraduate and graduate students, departments and community partners.
Indicators of Success:

By 2017, EWU will achieve these key indicators of successful progress:

  • Number of new programs and degrees for online/hybrid delivery that meet regional and statewide needs
  • Number of certificate and program training options offered through the Virtual college
  • Creation of the Center for Alternative Energy
  • Numbers of students involved in the undergraduate research symposium
  • Number of students moving on to graduate and professional programs
  • Number of research and creative conferences that come to Spokane or Cheney

3. Community Engagement

A significant engine powering the state, EWU is recognized as a public university whose students, faculty, staff and alumni make profound and significant contributions to the economic and social vitality of the region. Closer relationships with business, industry and statewide communities improve EWU's ability to anticipate and respond to workforce and community needs.

Goal: Increase community engagement through active participation of students, staff and faculty with community groups, business, organizations and government.

Key Strategies:
  • Strengthen student, staff and faculty participation in community-based activities.
  • Increase the presence and involvement of EWU leadership in the community.
  • Strengthen existing relationships and create new relationships with external groups.
Indicators of Success: (Revised and enhanced from the 2012 Strategic Plan)

By 2017, EWU will achieve these key indicators of successful progress:

  • Number of strategic partnerships with community, government, K-12 education and private sector partners.
  • Increase participation of EWU leaders on regional and statewide external advisory boards.
  • Regular convening of business, government, health care and community roundtables.
  • Increased connection (internships, mentorships, partnerships) between community members and students, faculty and staff.
  • Number of registered student internships and service learning hours.
  • Number of public/community activities attended by senior administrators.
  • Demonstrate significant, ongoing "small town" relationships that routinely and significantly celebrate local EWU students and alumni.
  • Achieve major recognition with ground-breaking for the EWU Sustainability Center that involves partners from around the Northwest.
  • Demonstrate that every academic program embeds civic engagement in the curriculum and that every student graduates with a portfolio attesting to engagement.
  • Celebrate achievement of Carnegie classification for civic engagement.
  • Engage more than 300 EWU alumni in the Eagle Connect initiative.
  • Regularly measure brand awareness, general perceptions and overall reputation of EWU.
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