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Letter to the community

Dear WSU Community,

As we begin the process of creating the 2020-2025 institutional strategic plan, we invite you to engage in the upcoming conversations about Washington State University’s future.

As you know, the Drive to 25—the goal to be recognized as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030—serves as our institutional roadmap. The 11 metrics established for the Drive to 25 guide both our institutional strategies and financial investments.

But while the Drive to 25 establishes big-picture goals in areas ranging from research expenditures and annual giving support to the number of doctorates awarded and the six-year graduation rate, the strategic plan will serve as the blueprint for propelling us to success on a daily basis.

There is no doubt that the University is poised to accelerate its trajectory toward national prominence. Over the next several months, we encourage you to share your ideas, hopes, and questions to help define the path forward.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of WSU.


Kirk H. Schulz, Ph.D.


Erica Weintraub Austin, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs