GOAL 1

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.

Objective D
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.

  • Student Government created an associate director of veterans’ affairs position to improve the university experience for nontraditional veteran students and their spouses.
  • Student Government, Rainbow Alliance, the Office of Student Activities, the Women’s Center, and Counseling and Wellness Services created the GLBTQA Resource Room and trained nearly 400 people in the Safe Space Program to enhance diversity appreciation.
  • A total of 1,330 student events were planned over the past five years.

GOAL 2

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

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.

Objective A
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.

  • Orientation delivered student-focused activities, peer connections, information about transitioning to college, academic success resources, and tools to foster adjustment to the physical campus environment. New students are also introduced to opportunities for service-learning, study abroad, diversity, and career development. 

Objective C
Develop effective educational processes to assist students in meeting post-graduate career and educational goals.

  • The Women’s Center and Career Services offered $tart $mart, a workshop that educates women about the wage gap and trains them to negotiate better salaries.
  • Each year, Career Services offered an Etiquette Luncheon to teach students about the finer points of business dining and networking.

GOAL 4

COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective A
Increase the opportunities within the curriculum for community engagement.

  • For the last four years, Wright State has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The university is listed on the Honor Roll with Distinction for its strong institutional commitment to service and campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the region.
  • During the 2011–12 academic year (the last year for which numbers currently are available), 5,999 Wright State University students completed service-learning projects in the community.
  • The Office of Student Activities created “Take Flight,” a leadership retreat in which students learn how to become effective social and community leaders.
  • Service-learning projects have been incorporated into 60 service-learning or service-learning-intensive courses.
  • The university offered a “pay it forward” class in which students learn how nonprofits manage resources through fundraising, volunteering, and grant writing.

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • The Wingerd Dog Park, the country’s first service dog facility on a college campus, was constructed. The park received a President’s Award for Innovation.
  • Students spent spring break participating in service projects in rural Appalachian communities near Athens, Ohio, assisting low- or fixed-income seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Staffers from The Guardian made a relief trip to Joplin, Missouri, after it was ravaged by a massive tornado.
  • Greek organizations gave 5,136 hours of community service in 2010–11.
  • Student organizations were recognized by the Community Blood Center as Silver Partners for the Lifesaving Ambassador’s Club for hosting eight blood drives on campus in a year
  • The Rainbow Alliance raised $8,000 for AIDS Resource Center through its Drag Revue.
  • The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement partnered with 12 pre-K–8 schools and seven after-school programs in racially and ethnically diverse low-income neighborhoods to increase students’ academic achievement.

GOAL 5

VALUED RESOURCES

Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective D
Increase investments in facilities/technologies to achieve strategic goals.

  • The university supplemented a $100,000 external grant to create the country’s first service dog facility on a college campus.