Knowledgeable, accessible faculty provide student-centered learning experiences. Faculty engage in scholarly activities related to teaching, their field, and/or community issues. Regional businesses and community organizations rely on the college as a resource using these services: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis Center and the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center.
The Center for Newcomer Onboarding is devoted to facilitating newcomer onboarding experiences and outcomes through teaching, research and practice.
The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center serves as a catalyst for
regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship at West Chester University
in Chester County and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Designed to inspire students and engage in entrepreneurial ventures by exposing them first hand to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial environments and to foster economic development, the center provides access to the many resources of West Chester University's College of Business and Public Management. The center offers seminars and workshops, guest lectures, and online resources. The center also provides consulting teams to assist startup organizations. Each year the center also hosts a speaker series featuring our distinguished alumni as well as regional entrepreneurial leaders.
The GIS and Spatial Analysis Center supports students taking GIS, Computer Cartography, Remote Sensing, Business GIS, Land Use Planning and several other courses taught in the Department of Geography and Planning. The center also provides research support and services for Faculty, local agencies, businesses and the Chester County community to access and analyze geospatial information relevant to their disciplines and interests.
The types of analysis that can be completed utilizing the center and its resources include the following: analyzing and solving environmental problems, locating optimal sites for new organizations and businesses, analyzing the impacts of proposed land use changes, prioritizing open space and natural resource preservation efforts, modeling natural processes like storm water runoff and flooding, and meeting many other critically important challenges.