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Goal 3: Outreach, Extension, Service, and Engagement

Washington State University will be a national leader in advancing quality of life, economic development, sustainability, and equity through meaningful engagement in discovery, education, and service with partners throughout the state, nation, and world.

Objectives

  • Improve and implement cohesive, system-wide mechanisms for assessing and communicating the impact and value of outreach, Extension, service, and engagement.
  • Increase the alignment of WSU priorities with the needs, challenges, and opportunities in the state of Washington identified via outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities.
  • Increase outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities across all colleges, all campuses, and throughout the state, as an essential element to achieving WSU’s land-grant mission.
  • Increase and enhance partnerships with under-represented communities.
  • Increase University-wide resource investment in outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities.
  • Increase the impact of outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities to improve human health.

Possible strategies

  • Provide training for all WSU personnel to learn about the University’s land-grant history and mission, to improve and coordinate communication, and embed in the WSU brand the importance/advantages of outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities at a land-grant university.
  • Implement University-wide systems to better incentivize and reward programs and individuals to engage in outreach, Extension, and service activities (e.g., tenure/promotion portfolios).
  • Leverage Extension by creating programs and processes that forge linkages (e.g., faculty affiliations, joint grant and project work, and student engagement); increase participation in outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities by academic units; and inform/benefit the University’s teaching and research missions.
  • Develop and implement a university requirement that WSU students learn about and participate in outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities as an essential part of the student experience.
  • Prioritize outreach, Extension, service, and engagement activities as a strategy for diversifying extramural resource acquisition.
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