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Higher Values in Higher Education: Presidential Planning Initiatives 2011 - 2012

President Jack Thomas

Dr. Jack Thomas, President

Sherman Hall 209
Telephone: (309) 298-1824
E-mail: J-Thomas2@wiu.edu

Programs

  • Graduate Studies – 2011-2014
  • First Year Experience (FYE) – 2011-2014
  • Honors Program – 2011-2014
  • Ph. D. in Environmental Science – 2012-2014
  • Ph. D. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration – for future consideration
  • Pharmacy – for future consideration

Facilities*

Macomb Campus Master Plan
  • Complete Performing Arts Center
    • Parking Plan – Spring 2012
    • Bidding Document Phase Completion – August 2012
    • LEED Design Submission & Approval of Bid Documents – September 2012
    • Bidding & Award Periods – December 2012
    • Construction – January 2013-April 2015
    • Move-in – August 2015
  • Beautify Entrance to Campus by Creating a Welcome Center and Enhanced Signage (one-stop-shop) – 2012-2013
    • Renovate Former Cinemas I & II Building – 2011-2013
    • Demolish Former Godfather’s Building – 2011-2013
  • Renovation of Three-Dimensional Art Facility (Heating Plant Annex) – 2012-2013
  • Heating Plant – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
  • Science Complex – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
    • Health Center/Nursing Center – under consideration
  • Visual Arts Center – under consideration (proposed to IBHE)
Quad Cities Campus Master Plan
  • Complete Quad Cities Riverfront Campus
    • Phase I – Opens Spring 2012
    • Phase II Planning – Completion Spring 2012
    • Phase II Construction – Spring 2012-Fall 2014
    • Phase III Planning and Construction – Contingent Upon the Release of Previously Appropriated State Funds

Overall

  • Increase Funding for Scholarships for Retention – ongoing-2014
  • Increase Funding for Scholarships for High-Achieving Students in the Region – ongoing-2014
  • Increase the Number of International Agreements and International Students – ongoing-2013
    • Review of Campus Internationalization – Fall 2011
  • Enhance Marketing to Tell the WIU Story, Including Increased Advertising – ongoing

Professional Development

  • Continue to Support Faculty Travel Awards – ongoing
  • Retention of Faculty and Staff – ongoing
  • Enhance Technology for Faculty and Staff – ongoing

Committees

  • Strategic Plan – starting Fall 2011
  • Master Plan – starting Fall 2011
  • Strategic Enrollment Plan – starting Fall 2011

*contingent upon the release of state funding