Department Report

Fast Facts

More than 100 areas of study are featured, including four graduate degree programs.

Satellite campuses include School of Nursing in Portland, Ore.; a marine laboratory near Anacortes, Wash.; and graduate social work programs in Missoula and Billings, Mont.

Approximately 80 percent of students qualify for financial aid.

Summary

Walla Walla University was founded in 1892, an act of faith and perseverance by the 1,500 Seventh-day Adventist pioneers in the Pacific Northwest. WWU currently enrolls 1,791 students who are developing the foundation of their lifework as well as shaping personal and spiritual values.

Mission

Walla Walla University, a Seventh-day Adventist university, is a community of faith and discovery. WWU is committed to excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression and faith in God.

What's Been Accomplished

Strategic Initiatives — Adopted a 2010–13 master plan outlining campus-wide goals, including the reach of the mission, alternate revenue streams and enhancing academic community.

Mentoring Program — Adopted Freshman Success Program to foster retention. Each freshman student is matched with a trained mentor.

Student Missions — Marked the 50th anniversary of Student Missions Program, commemorating the service of 3,000 WWU students. Currently, about 90 students serve each year.

Programs of Study — Added or adapted programs to meet demands from the field, including studies in international communication, web design, industrial design and long-term health care concentration in business.

School of Nursing Expansion — Completed a $1.5 million expansion at the School of Nursing's Portland campus to accommodate up to 140 students.

Freshman Student Aid — Launched Freshman Achievement Scholarship program, offering significant financial aid incentives for first-time freshmen.

The Challenges Ahead

Enrollment — We will address declining academy enrollments with increased student aid, recruitment of Adventist students in public high schools and other resources.

Higher Costs — We must meet rising operating costs, such as health care and other budget constraints.

September 01, 2011 / Feature