Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher urged faculty and staff to spend the 2016-17 academic year building on the momentum of the previous year, gearing up for implementation of the N.C. Promise tuition plan, and helping navigate complex budgetary waters.
A series of campus conversations centered on four topics identified by Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher as areas of emphasis for the 2015-16 academic year will get underway Monday through Thursday, Sept. 21-24.
WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher has identified four areas of emphasis for the 2015-16 academic year that are central to the institution’s future success: increasing diversity on campus, preparing for a comprehensive fundraising campaign to boost scholarship dollars, enhancing the total student experience, and supporting faculty and staff.
Western Carolina University Chancellor John W. Bardo thanked faculty and staff for continuing to increase institutional quality despite the state’s budget crisis, and urged them not to allow lingering economic doldrums to derail their efforts to continue creating “a 21st-century university.”
As Western Carolina University gets ready to welcome the best prepared freshman class in its history, the university must focus attention in the coming year on aligning four separate yet related strategic activities so that it can continue to improve academic quality and serve the needs of the people of North Carolina.
The strategic direction set for the University of North Carolina system by its new president, Erskine Bowles, is in “perfect alignment” with ongoing improvements in academic quality, steady increases in student enrollment and a revived focus on economic development at Western Carolina University.
Western Carolina University must remain true to its traditional mission of providing high-quality educational programs while adapting to rapid changes not only regionally and nationally, but globally as well, if Western North Carolina is to prosper in the 21st century.
While much of Western Carolina University's Opening Assembly on Thursday (Aug. 18) focused on such international issues as the global economy, Chancellor John W. Bardo also took time to recognize local matters ranging from nearby residents' worries about an expanding campus to employee salary concerns.