WSU is an engaged university, continuously addressing campus and community needs through education and through service. Annually our students contribute in excess of 200,000 volunteer hours, with almost 60 percent of WSU students volunteering their time and talents.
Recently the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recognized WSU with the 2015 Community Engagement Classification. We are one of only 361 institutions selected to receive this honor. The alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices reflects the emphasis we place on becoming involved citizens.
Community engagement enriches our lives and the lives of our students, and enhances our community as a whole. This is an area in which we need to keep improving. A discussion is currently underway about strengthening our internal and external relationships by promoting an environment that enriches WSU and Winona and Rochester community constituents. I encourage you to review Theme 5 in our draft strategic planning direction, where we identify specific outcomes for community engagement.