Communications

Supplemental Budget Allocation for WWU Funds New Programs and Expansion Study

Blog Post Fri, 03/09/2018 - 10:33

The 2018 Supplemental Budget, which was finalized by the state legislature earlier this week, establishes a new undergraduate degree program in Marine, Coastal and Watershed Sciences, as well as funding to develop an Early Childhood Education program in partnership with Olympic College as part of the Western on the Peninsulas program.

The operating budget also directs WWU to conduct a study exploring the feasibility of creating a four-year degree granting campus on the Kitsap or Olympic Peninsula, with a report

Preventing Gun Violence at WWU

Message to Campus Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:22

Dear Campus Community,

In response to my recent message “Nurturing a Safe Campus Community,” I received several questions on the issue of gun violence, which I believe justifies a follow-up email on this important issue.  We have all been affected by the images of enraged, scared and exhausted students, parents and educators wondering what can be done to stop school shootings like the most recent incident that claimed the lives of 17 people at a Florida high school.

First, I want to remind you that, per state law (WAC

Nurturing a Safe Campus Community

Message to Campus Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:21

Dear Western Campus Community:

Like many of you, I have been deeply troubled in recent weeks by challenges that continue to affect many in our community, namely the continuing scourge of sexual misconduct and the lack of progress toward permanent protection for Dreamers.  I’d like to take this moment to remind you of the safeguards we have in place at Western, and to invite you to join me in identifying and eliminating sexual abuse and violence, and protecting our most vulnerable community members.  Keeping our community safe must be our number one priority, and it is an

Update on Western's Diversity Initiatives

Message to Campus Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:25

Dear Western Community:

Last Fall we provided an update on a number of new diversity-related initiatives at Western.  As we approach the end of our strategic planning process and begin implementation of the plan in the New Year, one thing is clearer than ever: creating and sustaining a more diverse, welcoming and inclusive community for current and future students, faculty and staff is absolutely central to advancing our mission as a university.  For, at the core of that mission lies our commitment to advancing inclusive success: not only welcoming more students from

Follow up on Study Group International Partnership

Message to Campus Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:18

Dear Campus Community,

There has been much discussion recently about the University’s partnership with Study Group to increase international student enrollment at Western, especially as several working groups have recently convened in anticipation of our first international students from this partnership arriving next fall.  Questions have been asked about the operations of the partnership, the terms of the agreement, and its impact on our educational environment. However, the one issue that has made me reflect deeply has been around questions related to shared governance and this

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