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Strategic Direction 2: Student Experience

We will enrich the student experience through creating intentional cocurricular and curricular programs, which will prepare students to successfully engage in a vibrant, complex, and culturally diverse world.

Goal 2.1: Perspectives of Others

Create opportunities for students to explore points of view on different issues and to understand the perspectives of others through civil and informed discourse and debate.

  • 2.1.1: Create opportunities for students to explore points of view on different issues and to understand the perspectives of others through civil and informed discourse and debate utilizing campus partners.
  • 2.1.2: Create and track opportunities for student membership and leadership on institutional decision-making committees and organizations.
  • 2.1.3: Implement diversity and inclusion initiatives to enhance students' understanding of other ethnicities and cultures.
  • 2.1.4: Leverage intercollegiate athletics to instill pride among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University.

Goal 2.2 – Institutional Pride

Instill institutional pride through more visible recognition and celebration of university achievements and traditions.

  • 2.2.1: Create experiences that strengthen students' connection to their university and emphasize engagement with alumni and friends of the University as students prepare for a professional career.
  • 2.2.2: Build and sustain educational programs that recognize, respect, and celebrate Western North Carolina culture, including Cherokee history and traditions.

Goal 2.3: Career Exploration and Skills

Create opportunities for skill development and career exploration through involvement in experiential activities.

  • 2.3.1: Expand the utilization of the DegreePlus and other programs that promote transferable skill development for students.
  • 2.3.2: Promote student engagement in high-impact practices connected to professional development such as undergraduate research, service-learning, internships, and study abroad.
  • 2.3.3: Develop co-curricular experiences that enhance classroom learning and professional development.
  • 2.3.4: Identify and promote existing opportunities at WCU, the WNC region, and North Carolina, where DegreePlus students can engage in reflection and articulation.

Goal 2.4: Wellbeing and Full Potential

Create avenues to empower students to achieve their best possible wellbeing and cultivate a campus environment in which students can reach their full potential in all facets of their lives, both in and out of the classroom.

  • 2.4.1: Create and implement programs that embrace the elements of wellness to build and sustain a collaborative, comprehensive framework approach, with innovative strategies for engagement to help students be healthy and well.
  • 2.4.2: Utilizing the elements of wellness (environmental, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, physical, and emotional) as a comprehensive framework approach to increase cross-campus awareness of current programs, services, and resources that support and assist students in engaging in a holistic, total college experience.

Goal 2.5: Sense of Belonging

Create opportunities that increase a student's ability to find their sense of belonging

  • 2.5.1: Provide programs and initiatives, both formally and informally, for students living off-campus and on campus in residence halls designed to create a sense of belonging among incoming and continuing students.
  • 2.5.2: Create a plan to gather data on sense of belonging from graduating students.
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