Open forum about timely campus issues to take place April 25

Western Carolina University will host a forum open for members of the campus community – students, staff and faculty – who want to learn about and discuss items of current interest at 3 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

“The forum will very much follow suit with the spring 2015 open forum and the fall 2015 open forum,” said Tim Metz, assistant vice chancellor for university planning and effectiveness. “It’s an opportunity to highlight achievements and progress towards the Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan, keep the community informed on our progress towards reaffirmation of our SACSCOC accreditation, and address important and timely campus issues – including diversity and inclusion.”

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the umbrella organization responsible for the process used to accredit institutions throughout the 11 southern states, including North Carolina, that grant associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Colleges and universities are appraised for reaffirmation of accreditation every 10 years, and considered in a reporting process the fifth year after it is granted. WCU’s next appraisal will take place in 2017.

In 2012, the WCU Board of Trustees approved the Strategic Plan proposed by the university’s 2020 Commission. The main points of the plan are to enrich the total student experience, fulfill the educational needs of the state and region, enhance external partnerships, invest in the university’s people, and garner support for WCU’s vision. The plan’s conclusions and recommendations led to the creation of the Campus Master Plan, finalized in 2014.

For more information about the open forum, contact Metz by email at tdmetz@wcu.edu or by phone at 828-227-3046.