"Western and higher education institutions across the country have a moral imperative to expand access to higher education, particularly for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. But we have an added responsibility that goes beyond access; we need to ensure success is attainable for all students as well. Advancing access and success for all students is one of the most courageous and concrete ways to ensure equity, inclusion, and opportunity."

Sabah Randhawa

Latest Communications

Year End Message to the Western Community: The Change Imperative

Message to Campus Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:19

As we close the academic year, it is a time to celebrate our graduates, the most important contribution Western makes to our communities and our world.  It is also a time to be grateful – for the engaged students, faculty and staff that make Western such a special place.  And, it is a time to pause for reflection and learning from the year just passed.

Over the academic year, the campus community has engaged in important and difficult conversations, as students rightly questioned Western’s commitment to living up to our stated values of inclusive success, diversity and Read more

2019-2021 Legislative Budget Makes Significant Investments in Access for Students and Brighter Futures in Washington

Blog Post Fri, 05/03/2019 - 09:49

Legislators in Olympia finished their work earlier this week, and I wanted to share a few outcomes of the 2019 legislative session as they relate to Western and higher education in general.

Operating budget:

Despite the limited availability of discretionary funding, the legislature made significant and historic investments in our state’s higher education system this session.  One critical investment is full funding of the State Need Grant (renamed the Washington College Grant) and a guarantee that all eligible students will receive the award by academic year Read more

United in solidarity against the attacks in Sri Lanka

Blog Post Mon, 04/22/2019 - 11:10

The vicious bombing attacks on Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday have sent another shockwave of horror and heartache through the world, only a month after the brutal terrorist assault on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Our deepest condolences go out to victims and survivors, their family and friends, and the Sri Lankan community around the world. 

Once again, individuals who have been grotesquely twisted by the moral cancer of hate and ideological extremism have targeted the innocent.  Once again, people of conscience are united in Read more

WWU & President's Tweets

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Memorial services for Stephanie Cresswell are planned for Friday, Aug. 23. The family welcomes students and faculty… https://t.co/JG3GwhKlvh
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Western today remembers Stephanie Cresswell-Brenner; her death on Wednesday, Aug. 14, is a terrible loss to her fam… https://t.co/71kA0Vx67n
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Western responds to death of student killed in an off-campus apartment. Read the message from WWU Vice President Me… https://t.co/HbXcx8aWCt
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Looks like you found a dead link. All the enrollment and retention diversity stats are now on the ma… https://t.co/MftuNfGUVF