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Budget Summary FY2013

Westfield State University
Data Current as of:  7/7/2012





Web Site:

www.wsc.ma.edu/

Organization Chart

Mission:

Emphasizing teaching, student advising, and student involvement in the life of the University and the community, Westfield State University's primary mission is to assist its students to develop intellectually and to use their knowledge and skills to improve the social and economic conditions in their communities. The University seeks to instill among members of its community a sense of social responsibility and citizenship.

The University emphasizes the importance of collaborative education, distinguished and strengthened by a general education program which links the arts and sciences with professional studies and by opportunities for experiential and community-based learning. General education courses are developed to respond to stated knowledge and skill objectives. Students examine significant academic and social issues through upper-level integrative courses and courses stressing national and global diversity. Community-based learning and other capstone experiences provide significant opportunities to enrich students' understanding of academic principles and concepts, illuminate differences between theory and practice, inculcate habits of mind and work conducive to success, and instill respect for others. Westfield State's residential program, the largest of the state university system, complements the academic program.

The University, from its beginnings, prepared students to serve their communities as teachers, and teacher education remains a central part of the programs and a model for engagement with the community. Faculty are professionally involved in their disciplines in the community to support learning and scholarship. Building upon a strong base of graduate programs, Westfield State University intends to strengthen and expand its graduate offerings. The University occupies a leadership position in offering post-baccalaureate and professional development programs for educators and will utilize new technologies to improve upon and expand our delivery of these programs. Collaborative relationships with other universities will also make possible the efficient development of new programs in other areas marked by strong undergraduate programs. The nationally recognized Criminal Justice Program stands as an example of the university's service, collaboration and outreach to communities, other universities and state agencies. Technology will continue to be an important priority in the Westfield State's future, enhancing the educational experience and creating new opportunities for collaboration with other colleges, universities, local school systems, and businesses.

Each of the state system's higher education institutions place a special emphasis on teaching, lifelong learning, and a campus life that fosters intellectual, social and ethical development. The state universities are committed to excellence in instruction, affordable costs, and to providing responsive, innovative and educational programs of high quality. This is accomplished by developing each student's critical thinking skills, oral and written communication, and a practical appreciation of the arts, sciences, and humanities as they affect good citizenship and an improved quality of life.

Westfield State offers a campus climate that respects the ideas, values, perspectives and contributions of a culturally diverse community. They provide both academic and personal support services to assure that all students have a realistic opportunity to achieve academic and career success. They serve as a leader and resource for the community, identifying opportunities and solutions to community problems, and contributing to the region's cultural, environmental, and economic development.

Westfield State, as part of public higher education, supports the system through their commitment to joint admissions programs by managing their resources in an efficient and responsible manner; by maintaining high admission standards and career replacement rates; by preventing unnecessary duplication of academic programs; by expanding collaborative efforts with K-12 and other baccalaureate institutions; by providing high quality teacher education programs; and, by developing for each university, beyond its core programs, a distinctive academic focus based upon established strengths, as well as regional and state needs.


Governing Laws:

Statutes

MGL C. 15A S. 1-40
Public Education
MGL C. 73 S. 1-20
State Colleges and Community Colleges

Regulations

610 CMR
Board of Higher Education