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ACADEMIC DISTINCTIVENESS AND QUALITY
Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.
- Environmental Health and Safety collaborated with a Libyan pharmacologist to develop safety-related training materials for his university.
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.
- Environmental Health and Safety earned the Golden Spoke award from Disability Services for promoting independence and full participation for people with disabilities as a result of an internship provided to a student from the Office of Disability Services.
- Environmental Health and Safety participated in a partnership alliance to design a Scientific and Industrial Laboratory Management Operations and Safety Certification process for the Nigerian government.
Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.
- The Rinzler Student Sports Complex and Mulhollan Field opened, enhancing the quality of life for all students.
Enhance the academic success of students.
- Environmental Health and Safety staff helped develop curriculum for the Ohio Department of Health’s general X-ray machine operator course offered through the Biomedical Engineering Department.
- Department of Environmental Health and Safety staff served as adjunct professors or guest lecturers in the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Community Health, and Pharmacology.
- Environmental Health and Safety provided training to hundreds of university faculty and staff on safety topics ranging from animal handling to hazardous materials.
- Human Resources, in partnership with Organizational Development and Learning, provided a variety of trainings for employees and supervisors.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs invited a group of finance students to participate in a bond pricing and sale to provide a unique experiential learning opportunity.
Develop effective educational processes to assist students in meeting post-graduate career and educational goals.
- The Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences created internship opportunities for students.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.
Build a national and international research reputation
- Environmental Health and Safety, Engineering and Construction, and Facilities Planning and Development regularly participated in the Dayton Regional STEM School’s job shadowing activities.
- Environmental Health and Safety student internships led to discovery and improvement of unsafe conditions.
- Environmental Health and Safety collaborated on a grant proposal to work on scientific and technological breakthroughs for the world’s most pressing health problems.
Enhance Research and Sponsored Programs infrastructure, leading to more external funding.
- The Department of Environmental Health and Safety was granted renewal of the university’s radioactive materials use license, fulfilling required major revisions and updates to the program.
Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.
Increase the opportunities within the curriculum for community engagement.
- The Department of Environmental Health and Safety staff, working with the American Society of Safety Engineers Kitty Hawk Chapter, created a Wright State student chapter to help students develop professional skills and prepare them for careers in the safety field.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs involved faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni, and community member in a $25 million bond sale.
- Environmental Health and Safety participated in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program as a panel participant with an Arabian Gulf delegation focused on public wellness programs.
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.
- Environmental Health and Safety received Ohio EPA Water and Wastewater Continuing Education Provider status for its Understanding the Hazard Communication Standard and Laboratory Safety training programs.
- Raider Road was constructed, connecting University Boulevard with Kauffman Road between the Wright State Physicians building and the Rinzler Student Sports Complex.
- St. John Bosco Chapel, the new home of the Catholic Campus Ministry, was constructed on campus.
- The Wright State Physicians building opened, offering an array of care, including neurology, sports medicine orthopedics, family medicine, geriatrics, and dermatology.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs collaborated with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Cities of Fairborn and Beavercreek to centrally locate road salt storage.
- The university engaged in a dialogue with Central State University, Cedarville University, Clark State Community College, Cleveland State University, and the University of Virginia about Wright State’s recycling program, green floor care program, hospital grade disinfect general cleaning program, and training materials.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs helped prepare campus for the 2013 Science Olympiad National Tournament, including preparing pedestrian way finding and signage.
- Through the Organizational Effectiveness Lecture Series and its predecessor, the Human Resource Lecture Series, Human Resources provided successful lectures for human resource management professionals in the Miami Valley.
Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.
Encourage and support the professional development and wellness of faculty and staff.
- In 2012, Wright State Physicians opened its new building on campus, providing a convenient place for students, faculty, and staff, as well as residents of Clark, Montgomery, and Greene Counties, to receive medical care.
- Training programs conducted by Environmental Health and Safety resulted in a 70 percent increase in safety training offerings provided to on-campus personnel from 2008 to 2012.
- Environmental Health and Safety implemented fall protection measures at areas on campus where fall protection was not designed or was found inadequate.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs led a data-gathering effort to inform a university initiative exploring the restriction of tobacco use on campus.
- The university implemented a new wellness initiative, garnering 77 percent participation among faculty and staff in the biometric screening process, and recruited the first wellness coordinator.
- Human Resources organizes an annual Health and Benefits Fair for all Wright State employees. The fair includes free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, flu shots, and presentations by retirement providers.
- Human Resources developed PeopleAdmin, single portal online entry for all Wright State faculty and staff positions.
- Human Resources provides a variety of personal and professional development training to faculty and staff, including sexual harassment, preventing workplace violence, and new supervisor trainings.
- Human Resources hired a new health care benefits consultant and is developing a robust wellness program in cooperation with faculty and staff constituent groups.
- A short-term disability program was added to the university’s benefit portfolio.
- The president’s cabinet reviewed and revised the performance appraisal process to improve compliance and better align the process with institutional values.
Enhance fiscal and operational management.
- In 2010, Wright State was awarded more than $118,000 in rebates from Dayton Power and Light for its installation of energy-efficient lighting and heating/air conditioning equipment. The upgrades save the university an estimated $45,000 annually.
- Budget reductions in FY 2012—which were shared by every unit on campus—were softened by a planned $2.1 million increased return on the university’s financial investment portfolio and record enrollment of nearly 20,000 students.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs kicked off or completed numerous construction projects, including NEC Building, RaiderConnect, Creative Arts Center renovation, Woods Commons, Student Success Center and Classroom Building, Dunbar Library Circulation, and Nischwitz Stadium Press Box.
- Aggressive bidding by Human Resources lowered insurance costs significantly.
- A campus-wide energy conservation project has annually saved $950,000 in electricity on campus and $110,000 for natural gas.
- Environmental Health and Safety oversaw a campus-wide chemical inventory process to provide a safe work environment and to comply with applicable OSHA rules.
- Safety awareness of university employees, provided through the efforts of Environmental Health and Safety, led to a nearly 50 percent reduction in workers’ compensation claims over five years, decreasing workers’ compensation costs by $327,000.
- Environmental Health and Safety instituted an “orphan chemical” recycling program, helping labs recycle unwanted chemicals and saving $2,500 in chemical disposal costs.
- Purchasing saved more than $875,000 through strategic sourcing and negotiations with seven vendors, from office supplies and scientific lab supplies to furniture repurposing and express prescription plans. Purchasing also worked with Ohio’s Inter-University Council Purchasing Group to save $1.4 million.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs emphasized shared service partnership approaches, including a new salt barn and enterprise printer services.
- A new hospitality services provider was brought to campus to enhance the dining experience across campus while increasing revenue and generating support for campus programs.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs led the development and implementation of a cell phone stipend policy that saved $100,000 annually.
- The university contracted with ABM to implement a $25.5 million energy-performance contract, expected to reduce campus energy consumption by nearly 40 percent.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs implemented a “shut the sash” program, leading to $50,000 in energy savings.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs launched online leave reporting, significantly reducing paper consumption, processing time, and data entry errors.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs negotiated with United Health Care for student insurance rates resulting in $100,000 in savings for FY13.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs developed the eDPO system to eliminate a paper-based system.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs encouraged pro-card use, resulting in the rebate of approximately $250,000.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs managed a quick and successful resolution of a major water leak at the Nutter Center.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs upgraded to a hospital-grade cleaning program, while reducing chemical costs, which was featured in College Planning and Management magazine.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs restructured custodial floor care schedules to a four-day workweek, nearly eliminating overtime costs.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs developed a Capital Projects Wright Way Policy, roles and responsibilities outline, and process maps to encourage consistency, transparency, and engagement of all stakeholders.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs led the development of the 2014–15 SSI model, translating into a more favorable formula in support of Wright State’s mission.
- The university secured Moody’s A1 rating in October 2012, leading to two successful debt issuances in FY13.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs launched an enhanced investment management model to further manage risk and optimize returns.
- The Office of Business and Fiscal Affairs developed a division-wide appreciative inquiry process to facilitate the reorganization of its division.
- In 2011 and 2012, Purchasing and Communications and Marketing purchased high-end printing from one vendor to save overall printing costs.
Increase investments in facilities/technologies to achieve strategic goals.
- The Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building, which is expected to be completed in 2015, will serve as a collaborative research location for Wright State’s neuroscience and engineering departments.
- The Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research received a Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Diggs Lab was the first laboratory in Ohio to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-NC Gold status.
- The university supplemented a $100,000 external grant to create the country’s first service dog facility on a college campus.
- The university completed a $1.2 million renovation project that improved the Dining Services kitchen, serving line, dining room, and student services areas at Lake Campus.
- The university awarded a contract replacing all multifunctional copiers on campus from university owned to contractor owned, resulting in a more efficient and cost-effective program and saving approximately $100,000 a year.
- Facilities Planning and Development led an effort of classroom and laboratory new construction or renovations on both campuses in recent years, including Diggs Lab, Rike Hall, White Hall, the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Hall, Russ Engineering, Joshi Research Center, Oelman Hall, Cox Medical Simulation in Kettering, the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center, and the Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Resources Center in Millett Hall, along with new classrooms and science laboratories for Lake Campus.
- Facilities Planning and Development constructed and renovated facilities like the Rinzler Student Sports Complex, Lake Campus dining facility, and new lights on the women’s softball field, artificial turf for the Alumni Soccer and Mulhollan Recreation fields, and the campus food pantry.
- The Purchasing Department improved efficiency in the ordering process through the WrightBuy E-Procurement system.
- Human Resources began using PeopleAdmin as a single port of entry for all faculty and staff positions.
Higher Learning Commission
Statistics & Numbers
Wright State University is proud to participate in College Portrait of Undergraduate Education: Voluntary System of Accountability. Visit the College Portrait website for a report that outlines many areas of undergraduate education at Wright State, including financial aid data, admitted-student population profile, and student satisfaction survey results.