West Chester University is dedicated to building and sustaining excellent academic
programs, while supporting and developing an academic environment that ensures student
success. A broad set of four objectives were initially developed to enhance the University's
focus on student learning as measured via specific measures of learning outcomes:
to provide an academic environment that encourages learning and student success, to
provide greater access to academic programs via both traditional and non-traditional
methods of delivery, and to strengthen pedagogy, technology, and facilities in support
of teaching excellence at the University.
The Academic Theme is largely divided into five sub-areas of focus:
- Rigorous and systematic academic planning and assessment (the core mission) - including
- Enhancement of the student learning process and services that support that process
(from advising to offices including the Registrar, Financial Aid and Student Affairs).
- Comprehensive internationalization (study abroad, international student enrollment,
and global partnerships).
- Distance Learning, the development of off-site teaching locations and alternative
delivery of education
- Ensuring innovative teaching classrooms and adequate office/research space
Highlights for Year 2
- All 82 undergraduate and graduate programs evaluated using the Assurance of Student
Learning (ASL) rubric, which evaluates the assessment efforts of all programs of study.
This is a critical step as we maintain the high standards of national and program
- Highest graduate student enrollment in West Chester University's history, at 2,295,
an 8.7% increase over Spring 2014. Several new graduate professional doctorate programs
were approved, with the first cohorts starting this academic year, including the professional
Doctorate in Public Administration, Nursing, and Ed.D.
- Under the direction of Joe Santivasci, assistant provost and assistant vice president
for strategic enrollment, the University is implementing a documentation management
software and system called OnBase.
- Advising Task Force is collecting data with the goal of preparing recommendations
during summer 2016 to best support faculty in meeting the standard of advising.
- Increased numbers of WCU students studying abroad as well as increases in international
students on the campus of West Chester University.