Wichita State looks to implement strategic plan

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WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita State University is looking to its future by implementing a long-term strategic plan to foster more research and attract more students to the school.

Earlier this summer, university administrators agreed on the strategic plan, but on Wednesday, they sought advice from faculty and community members to carry out the goals they set forth in their plan.

“We’re going to keep pushing really hard to increase the quality of this institution,” Wichita State president John Bardo said. “We’re going to continue to work to connect with the community, and we’re going to look broadly for students who want to be in Wichita, so we can continue to build on who will want to stay here and be the next generation of leadership.”

Improving conditions for top-level research and providing a better on-campus setting for students are goals in the plan, including some specific requests by students.

“I think it would benefit us to have some healthier food options because I’m not big on Chik-Fil-A and Pizza Hut, just something healthier would be great,” Jessica Krok, a junior, said.

They also discussed increasing convenience for adult students who work full-time jobs while obtaining their degree.

“I’m in Physics 1 and trying to find those labs open when I’m here on campus is just very difficult,” Benjamin Carter, an adult student, said.

The meeting is the first step in putting the university’s strategic plan into action.

“Instead of just saying, ‘Well, we think it’s really cool if we do something,’ whatever that something is, instead we know that when we make a judgment, it was something the community thought was important, and so we can move toward satisfying the needs that are out there,” Bardo said.

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