University Has New Strategic Plan
The fall 2018 semester ushered in a new Strategic Plan for Missouri Western, “Pathways to Excellence,” under the guidance of Dr. Doug Davenport, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. The overarching goal of the plan is student success.
Additionally, the plan initiated new vision and mission statements:
Mission Statement: Missouri Western State University is a student-centered learning community preparing individuals for lives of excellence through applied learning.
Vision: Missouri Western will be the premier open access regional university, known for transforming the lives of our students and the communities we serve.
“Pathways to Excellence” was developed over two years where we sought input from campus and community members.
If you would like to see a copy of the plan, go to missouriwestern.edu/strategicplan.
Great Survey Results for Missouri Western
In July, the Community Alliance of St. Joseph released its 2018 Community Survey. Missouri Western is one of the partners that make up the Community Alliance, which has done such surveys every two years since 2010.
This survey is administered by the nationally respected ETC Institute in Olathe, Kansas. Of the 2,000 surveys sent to a random sample of households in St. Joseph and Buchanan County, 640 completed surveys were returned. This is considered a good response rate having a 95 percent level of confidence statistically speaking. Some of the findings of the survey reflected very positively on Missouri Western.
In presenting the survey to Community Alliance members, ETC highlighted several positive short-term trends from the previous survey in 2016. One of the notable positive increases was in response to the following question: “Missouri Western is moving in the right direction.” In the 2016 survey, 62 percent of the responses were “strongly agree” or “agree” (excluding those who responded “don’t know”). In the 2018 survey, 72 percent of the responses were “strongly agree” or “agree,” a 10 percent increase.
Residents were also asked about 19 different quality of life issues in St. Joseph and Buchanan County, and whether their needs were being met in those areas. Of those issues, “access to higher education” had the highest favorable rating, with about 87 percent (excluding those who answered “don’t know”) saying that their needs for access to higher education are being met. In addition, 87 percent said access to higher education was very important or somewhat important as a reason to live in St. Joseph and Buchanan County.
Some other highlights:
- 73 percent agree or strongly agree that Missouri Western’s academic programs are of high quality
- 71 percent agree or strongly agree that Missouri Western provides good value
- 70 percent agree or strongly agree that Missouri Western faculty are knowledgeable