At today's State of the University address, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder highlighted just a few of the ways the campus community is thinking beyond the possible.
Instead of separate addresses to faculty and staff audiences, today's meeting was for both–a change recently approved by the Faculty Senate and supported by the Staff Advisory Council.
"To me, this is so much better. I like the symbolism of the change. We are one institution," Snyder said.
Snyder also said despite the national economic crisis, supporters of the university's mission and goals have rallied around the institution in a variety of ways, including helping to raise the second highest amount of funding in university history. The gifts include several major commitments from trustees.
"Our fundraising didn't just stay even, it grew. Our trustees consider the work of the university—your work—too important to delay," Snyder said.
The president also mentioned the record number of applications received from prospective undergraduate students, including an increased amount of out-of-state applicants. In addition, the average SAT score for candidates rose by 19 points in just one year.
The address also included a video presentation of the university's new brand positioning and tagline, Think Beyond the Possible. Created by the University Office of Marketing and Communications, the three-minute video focused on just a few of the university's people, programs and research ventures.
"They think beyond the possible in everything they do," Snyder said. The video is being shown at several alumni events around the country.
During a question-and-answer session, an audience member inquired about the status of an on-site daycare center and salaries for faculty and staff.
Snyder said a pilot program is in place to test out a referral service for child care emergencies, and funding has been set aside for faculty, staff and graduate students who need child care services while traveling out of town. The university is continuing to explore long-term solutions with partners such as the Cleveland Music School Settlement and University Circle Inc.
As far as faculty and staff salaries, Snyder said individual deans were asked to identify opportunities for faculty in their schools, while managers doled out funding from a raise pool for staff members. In addition, senior administrators decided to forgo raises.
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