As we work to enhance the educational experience at HSU and help more of our students graduate, it will be more important than ever that we focus our energies and use our resources effectively.
To assist with this, I recently asked Provost Snyder to help identify key strategic priorities for the coming years. He and others have examined recent planning and review efforts, as well as external factors including budget and enrollment trends. They suggested a set of priorities to guide our efforts through 2016, and I have accepted their recommendations.
The three priorities are: inclusive student success, initiatives that generate additional revenue, and advancing HSU's Vision. The document outlining and explaining these priorities is available on my website here.
Inclusive student success has many components, with an ambitious goal of improving graduation rates by 15 percent for underrepresented students and 12 percent for the rest of the student population.
Generating additional revenue includes grants and contracts, internationalizing the campus, philanthropy, self-support and distance education, and enterprise opportunities. Many initiatives are already underway, and we expect increasingly strong results going forward.
Advancing HSU's Vision will include ongoing work that is underway in areas such as diversity and sustainability. In addition, the University Senate will develop recommendations for streamlining and focusing the Vision, with the goal of clear operational plans.
These priorities spring from a number of efforts in recent years. These include the WASC reaccreditation review, Program Prioritization, recommendations from the Cabinet for Institutional Change, and the development of a comprehensive Enrollment Management Plan. They also reflect the reality of ongoing state funding challenges and other external factors that are largely beyond our control.
I ask that you find ways to focus on these priorities in your daily work and as you serve on campus committees. By focusing on these shared goals, I believe we can make real progress in the next few years that will benefit our students for many years to come.
Thank you for your attention to this, and for your dedicated efforts to help our students succeed.
Rollin C. Richmond