Strategic Plan 2023–2025

Measuring Success: Objective 3 Forging and Sustaining Strong, Collaborative Relationships


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Objective 3 - Forging and Sustaining Strong, Collaborative Relationships

Wright State University influences the economic and cultural landscape of Southwestern Ohio. Successful relationships with industry and community partners drive the timely development of relevant educational programs to meet the needs of our region.

We will achieve this objective through the following strategies.


Strategy 1: Build relationships with defense, engineering, and technology partners

April 1, 2024 updates:
  • Wright State has established weekly interactions with Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) officials to implement the intergovernmental support agreement, facilitating use of space and other collaborative projects with science and engineering units at WPAFB.
january 1, 2024 updates:
  • Wright State secured additional funding for its Clearance Ready Program, which exposes students to opportunities on base and with local defense contractors, preparing them for the security clearance process and connecting them to employment opportunities.
July 1, 2023 updates:
  • In partnership with Intel, two microcredentials, Six Sigma Green Belt and Introduction to User Experience and Design Thinking, have been approved to meet the identified needs of the corporation and our regions’ workforce. This model will be replicated in our participation in the state’s TechCred program, which directly benefits our corporate partners as well as the university.
April 1, 2023 updates:
  • Wright State executed an agreement with WPAFB to provide access to the Neuroscience and Engineering Collaborative labs.
  • Weekly meetings have been held with the 88th at WPAFB to work on the intergovernmental support agreement to facilitate use of space and other collaborative projects with science and engineering units at WPAFB.
  • Focused technical interchanges have continued to be held with Program managers and Chief Scientists of various technical directorates at AFRL and faculty at Wright State University.

Strategy 2: Forge health care partnerships to meet regional needs

April 1, 2024 Updates:
  • Wright State and Premier Health entered into a long-term affiliation agreement. formally establishing a primary academic affiliation between the two organizations, which includes all of Wright State’s colleges and academic programs and all of Premier Health’s sites of care. The partnership will enhance the Dayton region’s access to state-of-the-art medical care and present new opportunities for federal funding to support clinical activities, teaching, and research.
January 1, 2024 Updates:
  • Wright State's Boonshoft School of Medicine and Premier forged a partnership establishing Miami Valley Hospital as an academic medical center. The new affiliation will provide new opportunities for federal funding, expanded educational and research opportunities for Wright State students, and enhanced care for patients in the Dayton region. The partnership agreement calls for the Boonshoft School of Medicine Dean to jointly serve as Premier Health's Chief Academic Officer.
October 1, 2023 Updates:
  • The Premier Health Wright State Nursing Academy is now active and available to Wright State students.
  • Wright State is working with Dayton Children's Hospital to facilitate laboratory space and vivarium needs for neurosurgery and neurooncology physicians and is now providing laboratory space in the Neuroscience and Engineering Collaboration building.
  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine's new rural-focused family medicine residency program based in Greenville, Ohio commenced in July 2023.
  • The Department of Family Medicine Addiction Medicine fellowship now accredited and seeking to match the first fellows.
  • The University hired its first Faculty Director of Rural Health Education to oversee the medical school’s partnerships with rural area-based health care systems adjacent to the Lake campus and expand partnerships in the region as well as clerkship rotation sites for Boonshoft School of Medicine third-year medical students.
July 1, 2023 Updates:
  • Premier Health Partners and Boonshoft School of Medicine collaborated on two new graduate medical education programs; the Addiction Medicine fellowship and the Rural Family Medicine track. Both will be offered beginning in 2023
  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine created a new physician position, Faculty Director of Rural Health Education, to oversee the medical school’s partnerships in rural areas adjacent to our Lake campus as well as to expand rural healthcare partnerships in the region.
April 1, 2023 Updates:
  • Monthly steering committee meetings continue between WSU and Premier Health with several deliverables already achieved through subgroups on Medical Education, Nursing and Research.
  • Meetings have been held with Premier Health leadership to discuss establishment of an academic research center at Premier.

Strategy 3: Foster intentional connections with P–12 education partners

April 1, 2023 updates:
  • The University's partnership with Dayton Public Schools officially launched in February 2024 with weekly engagement between the Director of Strategic Resources and Partnerships and students at Thurgood Marshall and Belmont High Schools. Students in the incoming Take Flight Academy cohort were invited to campus for a tour and the April Craze event.
january 1, 2024 updates:
  • Wright State's Office of Undergraduate Admissions launched its inaugural Admissions Advisory Board. The Board is composed of experienced school counselor professionals, educators, and alumni who are knowledgeable about the institution's admission criteria and policies. The Board will meet several times per year and will serve a crucial role by advising on the college admissions process.
october 1, 2023 updates:
  • Wright State's Office of Partnerships and Field Experiences, hosts an on-campus partnership meeting with P-12 district representatives each semester to network, discuss district successes and initiatives, and learn about a district or community partner’s program/project. The Fall 2023 meeting included a presentation on Diversity Recruitment Educators Association for Miami Valley (DREAM) and Suggestions for Recruiting a More Diverse Workforce.
  • The Department of Teacher Education hosted a "Future Teachers Day" where prospective students with an interest in teaching were invited to Wright State's campus. This outreach effort is focused on WSU's partners which have teacher's academies, including Trotwood, Northmont, Stebbins, and Beavercreek.  
April 1, 2023 updates:
  • Enrollment Management is currently working with leadership from Dayton Public Schools and the Montgomery County Educational Services Center to finalize a formal agreement and Memorandum of Understanding between the University and DPS. Once approved, this agreement will serve as the model for additional MOUs with local districts.
  • Working with the Colleges and Deans, Enrollment Management will forge relationships with key schools in the area whose students have experiential learning experiences and further document and outline opportunities and expectations for ongoing engagement and collaboration with Wright State. Beginning with Dayton Regional STEM School, Greene County Career Center, and Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Wright State leadership will identify ways to increase engagement with students and educators within the area, strengthening institutional partnerships and increasing students’ awareness of and familiarity with Wright State, ultimately increasing the number of students who matriculate to the University.
  • An interim position has been created that will focus on creating a database of institutional partnerships with P-12 partners. This position will not only catalog and inventory existing partnerships, but further research and recommend additional entities and organizations whose alliance would enhance Wright State’s market presence and/or increase enrollment.

Key metric: users Retained workforce

With a post-secondary education attainment goal of 65%, the state of Ohio acknowledges the economic and social benefits of a trained and educated population. As a higher education partner, Wright State University is committed to providing access to high-quality, affordable education.

The percent of Wright State graduates who stay in Ohio to work and live indicates the institution’s direct contribution to the state’s skilled workforce, driving economic growth and prosperity.

Data definition: Cumulative percentage of Wright State University graduates working in Ohio five years post-graduation as reported by US Census Post Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) explorer for all available cohorts and instructional programs.

Retained Workforce Data
Key Metric 2022 2023 2024
Retained Workforce 81% 81%  

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Key metric: puzzle piece Experiential Learning Partners

Experiential learning within workplace settings offers robust educational and professional growth for students. Business and industry partners providing internships benefit from established candidate pipelines and have the opportunity to provide direct feedback on workforce preparation. 

The number of Ohio partners providing internships, cooperative education, or other experiential learning positions to Wright State students is an indicator of how well we leverage relationships to provide real-world experiences and support the region’s workforce needs.

Data definition: Number of Ohio employers offering cooperative education, experiential learning, and internship job postings through Handshake for the most recently completed academic year (May 1 – April 30).

Experiential Learning Partners Data
Key Metric AY 21-22 AY 22-23 AY 23-24
Experiential Learning Partners 561 541  

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