Office of the President

Presidential Initiatives for Western Illinois University:

Academic Year 2018-2019


Following successful implementation of Higher Values in Higher Education, Western Illinois University will be the leader in educational quality, opportunity, and affordability among regional public universities.

Western Illinois University, a comprehensive regional university, will become one of the leading universities of its type in the nation serving a diverse student population in the Midwest.

WIU has been nationally ranked as a Best Midwestern University. After examining the current state of the institution and the various challenges that exist, I believe the vision above is appropriate and the following is a timeline for achieving that vision, which includes short-and-long term planning initiatives, and a list of action items that address the goals.

This is a shared vision that is embraced by the University community. As such, WIU will be a premier public university and a leader among its benchmark peer group. This will be achieved by making investments in its academic programs and service operations that will keep Western on the leading edge and position the institution for growth.

  1. Strategic Planning and Initiatives
    1. Implement Positioning Western Illinois University for the Future Plan
    2. Lead the University through continuing budget challenges
    3. Continue support of the President’s Executive Institute to
      • Grow Enrollment
      • Support Community and Economic Development
      • Engage External Organizations
    4. Initiate preparations for reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission
  2. Academic Programs
    1. Engage in Academic Realignment to advance student recruitment, retention, collaboration, efficiency, and distinguish Western Illinois University from other universities.
    2. Streamline General Education in such a way that stays true to the institution's foundational goals
    3. Continue strategic review of academic programs
    4. Continue to enhance and elevate the Centennial Honors College, including changing the director to dean
    5. Reinvest in high demand and potential for growth areas
    6. Continue to increase online, hybrid, and alternative delivery formats and degree programs
  3. Enrollment Management
    1. Continue to enhance marketing, including increased advertising
    2. Expand student recruitment efforts with new admissions teams and implementing internal recruitment strategies to encourage eligible WIU students to explore integrated degree program opportunities to earn bachelor and master degrees in five years.
    3. Engage the President in recruitment activities
    4. Increase emphasis on dual enrollment opportunities
    5. Develop new recruitment pipelines with the United States Armed Forces
    6. Diversify the campuses
    7. Expand the number of international agreements
    8. Increase international student recruitment
    9. Continue strategic enrollment planning
    10. Improve first-year retention rates and eliminate barriers to student persistence and completion
  4. Budget
    1. Lead the University through continuing budget challenges
  5. Alumni Relations and Development
    1. Continue to restructure the development area
    2. Increase external giving
    3. Increase funding for scholarships supporting retention and high achieving students
    4. Cultivate new and existing donors
    5. Host alumni events nationwide
    6. Prepare for a Comprehensive Campaign
  6. Facilities and Technology
    1. Achieve Master Plan goals and priorities
    2. Achieve IT Strategic Plan goals and priorities
  7. Governmental Relations
    1. Place Western Illinois University at the forefront of the statewide agenda for higher education
    2. Host annual legislative reception in Springfield
    3. Engage individually with legislators and government officials in regards to the needs and priorities of Western Illinois University
    4. Provide testimony on budget and other issues affecting higher education
    5. Create and maintain relationships with embassies and foreign countries
  8. Campus Collaboration
    1. Continue to provide the University community with timely communications with regard to budget and other high university priorities
    2. Use multiple formats for presidential communication and collaboration
    3. Continue to meet with the President’s Roundtables
      • Faculty Roundtable
      • Staff Roundtable
      • Student Roundtable
    4. Continue to hold President’s Brown Bag Lunches
  9. Professional Development
    1. Continue to Support Faculty Travel Awards if funds are available
    2. Retention of Faculty and Staff
    3. Enhance Technology for Faculty and Staff
  10. Committees
    1. Academic Task Force
    2. Student Cost Task Force
    3. Social Responsibility/Planning Task Force
    4. Military Task Force