9R2 Comparing Results with Other Higher Education Institutions
A large percentage of Western’s key collaborative relationships are unique to Western and its strategic focus on applied learning and community service. While many higher education institutions have collaborative relationships with their respective area Chambers of Commerce, Western’s relationship with the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce is unique and reflective of the local economy, demographics, and identified social service needs. Western has taken a leadership role in collaborative initiatives, including The Community Plan, Economic Development Forum, shared lobbying, workforce development, “St. Joseph: A City Building Character,” the Educator Institute, lifelong learning initiatives, and “Another Smart Move,” “Opportunities Abound,” EDA grant, and KC Chiefs Summer Training Camp. These initiatives not only contribute to Western’s ability to accomplish its mission but also provide a valuable resource and service to the community.
The Missouri Department of Higher Education (DHE) requires all Missouri public universities to complete strategic plans. These are available for comparison.
The Department of Higher Education provides a link to articulation agreements for Missouri institutions which identify comparable courses and programs.