August 19, 2005 Volume 21, Number 1
A Letter From President Goldfarb To Western's Campus
As I have in
the past, I would like to take the opportunity to
welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff
to Western. As we prepare for the excitement of a
new academic year and the challenges ahead at school
and in our world, we should also realize there is
much for which we should be thankful.
I cannot stress
enough my appreciation for our outstanding faculty
and staff. Let me — as I have the previous
three years— again thank each of you for your
understanding and support this past fiscal year.
Western’s loyal and dedicated faculty, staff,
administration and student body continue to make
and accept difficult budget decisions, improve
efficiencies and keep our instructional mission
as our top priority.
These decisions allowed us to develop, maintain
and enhance programs such as the First Year Experience,
course offerings and support services available
our students. And at the same time we have avoided
employee layoffs experienced in other sectors,
while providing 3.5 percent pay raises again this
Once again we
begin the fiscal year with state funding at the
same level as at the start of the previous fiscal
It is gratifying that the governor and legislature
did not reduce our general revenue funding, and
that they recognize the positive efforts we have
in providing an outstanding educational experience
with the state’s only comprehensive Cost
Guarantee Program for tuition, fees, room and board
undergraduate and graduate levels.
We are fortunate
to have increased income fund support from managed
enrollment growth, even as we continue our innovative
Cost Guarantee. We are stabilizing our freshmen enrollments
to insure First Year Experience class size that allow
for more personalized interaction between faculty
and students. Our campuswide commitment to recruitment
gives us a more diverse student, faculty, and staff
population. I would encourage participation in the
September 14-17 Dealing with Difference Institute
(www.wiu.edu/icda) which offers opportunity for incorporating
understanding and respect for diversity more broadly
in courses, classrooms and the campus.
We are pleased
the Quad Cities community strongly supports our
new Quad Cities Riverfront Campus plans, and we
any word regarding the potential release of funds
for architectural and engineering work on the project.
We will continue to advocate for the release of
the planning funds for our Performing Arts Center
Macomb, and we welcome the support provided by
Macomb area leaders for this project, which would
economic development in the region as well as bring
more stature to Western’s already well known
fine arts programs.
theme, “Global Challenges and Personal Responsibility,” will
be incorporated into a variety of programs, including
academic discussions, public forums and reading groups,
as well as the freshman First Year Experience. These,
along with our continued participation in the American
Democracy Project, demonstrate Western’s
commitment to an educational experience reflecting
values of academic excellence, educational opportunity,
personal growth, and social responsibility.
to move forward with our strategic plan, “Higher
Values in Higher Education,” and I appreciate
the progress we have made thus far toward the goals
outlined by the 19 implementation teams. Assistant
to the President for Planning and Budget Joe Rives will,
with our governance organizations, continue to
advance the plan and encourage participation in
by all members of the campus community.
As I enter my
fourth year as President at Western Illinois University,
please know I am very honored to be a member of this
University community. I look forward to an outstanding
new academic year.
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