Priority I: Optimize Access to Baccalaureate STEM Education and STEM Career Opportunities
Representative areas of emphasis: diversifying education pathways and entry points to STEM degrees and other high-demand disciplines; enrolling and educating a talented, diverse student population of traditional and non-traditional college-going cohorts -including groups currently underrepresented in STEM education and careers; piloting an education system that counters barriers to education access, degree attainment, and transition to STEM careers; and breaking new ground in life-long professional development opportunities.
Priority II: Achieve Excellence in Scholarship, Research, Global Education and Entrepreneurship
Representative areas of emphasis: competitive, culturally and digitally-skilled global citizens capable of succeeding in a professional environment; targeted, innovative high-demand undergraduate programs that respond to trending economic and workforce needs; state-of-the-art undergraduate STEM education; attraction and retention of a diverse core faculty with demonstrated ability to achieve excellence in teaching and research; innovative initiatives within and across disciplines; scientific inquiry and evidence- and discovery-based learning; and development of an entrepreneurial spirit and capacity
Priority III: Engage Students to Excel in a Competitive Global Society and Pressing Labor Market
Representative areas of emphasis: integration of evidence-based STEM education practices into learning experiences; strategies for developing discipline-specific competence in standards of practice and “common employability” skill sets essential for career success and advancement; engagement in high-impact experiential learning opportunities; exposure to tested and proven interventions that advance knowledge, hone critical thinking skills, and positively influence learning outcomes; and learning reinforcements and student life supports that expedites successful academic and career outcomes and promote life-long learning.
Priority IV: Forge Strategic Partnerships to Advance Education, Research, and Economic Development
Representative areas of emphasis: strengthened connections between WSU Everett, regional businesses, and third sector partners; value-added alliances that encourage innovation, scholarship research, and sponsorship of faculty-student initiatives; University-community collaborations of mutual interest and benefit to prosper the regional economy; and education and resource networks that serve as forums for documenting and exploring innovative STEM-related practices.
Priority V: Align the Infrastructure with Programmatic and Organizational Priorities
Representative areas of emphasis: establishment of a stem-focused, innovative campus; core education and infrastructure requirements needed to expedite student-faculty accomplishments; management of long-term organizational sustainability and growth; conditions and strategies for maximizing and leveraging resources – e.g., financial, people, information technology, physical plant and property; effective organization development and benchmarks of accountability; and resource allocations, revenue generation and fund development.
Priority VI: Become a Leader in Undergraduate STEM Education, Research & Economic Development
Representative areas of emphasis: recognition of WSU Everett as among the state’s leading public undergraduate baccalaureate programs – preeminent in STEM education, research, and innovation; strategic efforts to attain distinction and prominence as a scholarly, innovative and entrepreneurial educational program; enhanced visibility as a forward-thinking, preferred “University Partner of Choice” for discerning stakeholders; building and fortifying a position of leadership in STEM education that advances the University’s reach and impact – locally and globally.