2R3 Strengthening the Institution
Western was one of the twelve public institutions that were founding members of the Foundations of Excellence® in the First College Year project. Assessments conducted by the Foundations Task Force at Western reported results in nine dimensions as related to Student Engagement.
Communicating Quality supports and strengthens the institution’s distinctive objectives as well as Helping Students Learn. Increasing others’ understanding of Western’s commitment to quality helps attract those who believe in and support the mission and vision of the institution. Communicating Quality directly enhances relationships between the institution and community. Communicating quality is the primary vehicle for increasing awareness of Western’s programs, students, and accomplishments in the community and region.
The Banner Gold system has provided a singular, consistent database without duplication of data fields. The system is integrated and allows information updates to occur in real-time across all modular/departmental boundaries within the Banner system. Students have web-based access to current information. Some of the financial aid awards packaging is beginning to be performed automatically and electronically. Pre-requisite and co-requisite assessment for enrolling in courses now occurs automatically and electronically.