Executive Summary

The Strategic Plan for Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has two broad purposes. First, the plan is designed to advance the recent focus on the liberal arts to a more comprehensive liberal education approach. Liberal education is characterized by using curricular and co-curricular activities to build knowledge and strengthen intellectual and interpersonal skills. The plan argues that these skills are essential for success in the 21st century global marketplace. Second, the plan endeavors to build upon the success of our graduate and professional programs through key investments in signature areas. Among the focus will be the pervasive integration of technology throughout graduate and professional programs, advantaging the historical focus on health equity, and infusing community projects across the curriculum.

This Strategic Plan is rooted in the principle of equity because WSSU serves a disproportionately high number of minority and low income students. The plan recognizes that the cumulative disadvantages resulting from historical race and class inequities converge to limit not only access to higher education but also to the opportunities afforded and to the ability to persist once in college. Embracing equity means allocating the resources to students that are needed to bridge gaps between them and their ability to engage their education. This Strategic Plan promotes equity intentionally and comprehensively.

The first of the five goals in the Strategic Plan is designed around the imperative to provide all WSSU students with opportunities to build a strong knowledge base and to cultivate and develop intellectual and interpersonal skills. Investments in faculty, curriculum and research are the focus of this goal.

The focus of Goal 2 is to enhance the quality of WSSU's graduate and professional programs by creating new models for interdisciplinary collaboration in graduate programs in health sciences and in business and computer sciences to prepare graduates for careers that span disciplines, such as health informatics and other dual degree programs. In addition, strategies will be implemented to increase ethnic diversity in our signature health sciences graduate programs and to address the issue of health equity throughout the curricula and in practice by way of greater community engagement.

Winston-Salem State University was founded on principles of social justice. Goal 3 calls for faculty, staff and students to demonstrate principles of social justice by working collaboratively with community partners to enhance and empower communities with both knowledge resources and through their actions of challenging injustice where it is evident.

Delivering a quality education requires significant resources and careful stewardship of those resources. Goal 4 involves identifying additional revenue streams and opportunities to reallocate resources where there is the greatest need.

Finally, realizing the Vision and Mission requires not only significant resources, but also an infrastructure of state-of-art facilities, technology, and a committed and highly trained staff. Initiatives in Goal 5 are designed to ensure successful implementation of the Strategic Plan by investing in infrastructure, staff training and development; and by improving work processes and enhancing accountability.