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Strategic Direction #5 – Employee Excellence

We will continue to attract, retain, and promote outstanding faculty and staff while providing valuable scholarship, leadership, and professional development opportunities.

Ensure salary and compensation benefits package remains an institutional priority to attract, reward, and retain the highest quality employees.

Initiative 5.1.1: Advocate for the financial resources and structural framework necessary to offer competitive, attractive, and cost-effective total compensation (salary and benefits) packages. As part of this initiative and through partnership with the UNC system, WCU will strategically develop and implement best practices designed to attract, reward, and retain high performing faculty and staff.

Ensure professional development opportunities for all employees.

Initiative 5.2.1: Continue support for professional development for all employees as a fiscal priority.

Initiative 5.2.2: Develop a process to report and document the impact of professional development for faculty and staff.

Support scholarship and creative activities to foster our mission as a regional comprehensive university.

Initiative 5.3.1: Strengthen the organizational structure to better integrate research and the Graduate School at the University.

Initiative 5.3.2: Strengthen institutional infrastructure to support scholarship and creative activities, including funding for reassigned time for scholarship, library support, graduate research assistantships, undergraduate research, summer research grants, seed funding, equipment replacement, and travel for conference presentations.

Create an environment in which the primary role of faculty as teacher-scholars is recognized and valued.

Initiative 5.4.1: Develop and implement integrated faculty workload expectations and policies that facilitate exemplary teaching, scholarly productivity, and public service.

Initiative 5.4.2: Assess and support the needs of non-tenure track faculty.

Initiative 5.4.3: Provide department heads and deans flexibility within the parameters of fiscal realities in assigning faculty workload to accommodate significant contributions for responsibilities such as advising, undergraduate and graduate research supervision and mentoring, and student career development.

Initiative 5.4.4: Eliminate redundant and ineffective service obligations and committees across campus.

Create a campus environment that facilitates a healthy lifestyle for campus constituents and visitors.

Initiative 5.5.1: Design and offer programming that supports and models a healthy campus, as well as recruits and retains our workforce.

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