The following e-communications have been sent to members of the Southwestern community to inform them about strategic initiatives.
As we complete the first month of 2012, I want to provide the campus community with another update on our bold initiatives. I will continue to share updates as we move through the academic year.
At last month's first-ever White House Science Fair to encourage and recognize undergraduate innovations and inventions in science, technology and engineering, President Obama said, "What happens when a young person is engaged in conducting an experiment, writing a piece of software, solving a hard math problem, or designing a new gadget--it is in these pursuits that talents are discovered, passions lit and future scientists, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs are born. That's what is going to help ensure that we succeed in the next century--that we are leading the world in developing technologies, businesses and industries of the future."
Our world is in desperate need of people who are bright, moral and courageous. Graduating students who make contributions toward the well-being of humanity has been central to Southwestern's mission for 170 years. Our new strategic plan ensures that our students, faculty and alumni will continue to make a positive impact on our community and the world.
One of the goals in Shaping Our Future: The Strategic Plan for Southwestern University 2010-2020 focuses on "Building Far-Reaching Visibility and Recognition." In the increasingly competitive recruitment environment of higher education, strong and widespread recognition is essential.
U.S. Lags in College Degrees: The United States now ranks 12th among the 36 developed countries in comparing college completion rates, according to a recent New York Times article, "Once a Leader, U.S. Lags in College Degrees," which reports on the College Board's current findings.