The Department of Accounting programs strive to strengthen an outstanding academic life on the Ellensburg Campus and at the university centers. We offer the accounting degree at the Ellensburg campus and at the Des Moines and Lynnwood centers. We also offer required accounting courses via distance education to the Wenatchee, Moses Lake, and Yakima Centers. The department manages, delivers, and evaluates instructional programs with the faculty actively participating in the development and delivery of the accounting degree programs at the Ellensburg, Des Moines, and Lynnwood sites.
The University and College missions guide the planning of the department as we provide outstanding learning opportunities by providing extracurricular opportunities, such as guest speakers, film series, collaborations with our own and other student organizations, and excellent advising. We are effective at acquiring grants and contracts with multiple state, federal, corporate, and private institutions. These support faculty-mentored student projects and demonstrate the important of anthropology to the broader community. Department members actively engage the community at regional, national and international levels in ways that benefit students in employment, internship, research opportunities. We teach students about the important of tolerance and diversity, protection of the environment and effective conservation, the significance of effective resource management, and the role of anthropology in understanding global processes.
The Department of Art supports the university and college missions through programs and courses that advance knowledge, promotes intellectual inquiry, and cultivate creative endeavor. Our practice-based programs prepare students for lifelong learning, responsible citizenship, and enlightened and productive lives by developing their technical, critical and analytical skills so that they can assume their respective roles as practitioners, educators, and informed patrons of the visual arts.
[The Department of Art participates in all aspects of university achievements and fosters excellence through its reflective student-centered, practice-based educational policy. This emphasis on self-reflection is encouraged in part through the educational importance placed on unit portfolios particularly in Painting and Drawing, Art Education, and Graphic Design. We contribute to an outstanding academic and student life on campus by monitoring, instructing and mentoring over 150 undergraduate majors and numerous minor and non-art major students. Our mentoring and support of student excellence extends from admission to graduation via our individualized instruction and advising, the organization of extracurricular events on campus and travel opportunities regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The Department of Art embraces the incorporation of center students into our four year programs, particularly in Art Education at the Yakima, Wenatchee, Des Moines and Green River centers. All Art Education center-taught courses are designed and monitored by Ellensburg campus department faculty so that all offerings are commensurate in scope, quality, outcomes and assessment. We look forward to continuing and developing our relationship with our university centers.
The Department of Art in conjunction with the University Relations/Development Office is actively seeking to encourage the growth of donors, scholarships, and general grant activity. Equipment grants have provided a large format digital inkjet printer and a new etching press. The Allied Arts Council and local galleries also support student programs through the sponsorship or funding of regional juried shows and workshops. Recently, two new funds were established that will support opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study of the duration and depth necessary commensurate with professional work. These two fund sources are the Ned Benke Memorial Graduate Fellowship and the D and M Scholarship.
The Department of Art’s active participation in initiatives related to education are enhancing public awareness and appreciation of our Bachelor of Arts programs in Art Education and Graphic Design. These initiatives consist of a teaching practicum with various K-12 schools in the region and apprentice-like (service learning) experiences for Graphic Design majors. In addition, department faculty serve on key art organizations in the region related to the positive advocacy of the arts, including Gallery One (Ellensburg), The Larsen Gallery (Yakima) and the Allied Arts Association of Washington State. More recently, the department has attempted to partner public exhibition, workshop and internship efforts with the above-mentioned galleries.
The Department of Art strengthens the University’s position as a leader in the field of education. Our faculty participates in national educational and professional scholarly associations and is active in both scholarly and public dialogue on the arts. Our colleagues present and exhibit at national, regional and international conferences and are often requested to serve as consultants and jurists with state and regional art organizations related to the promotion and funding of the arts and visual arts education. Our faculty routinely take student groups to regional and national meetings of art educators and art professionals. Various faculty have also taken students to China as part of the university’s Asian and Pacific Studies program and to Europe under the auspices of CWU’s International Studies program.]
The Department of Art is dedicated to the creation and the sustenance of civil and pleasant campuses and workplaces. We maintain a current and regular presence as members and leaders of key university committees including the Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Committee sub-committees, as well as the President’s Diversity Council. Over the past year an effort has been made to renew art history study stations on the first floor of Randall Hall, in addition to seeking upgrades to computers and other associated hardware used by art students in Randall’s computer lab. Further, Art Education has been moved to a first floor location that more than doubles available instructional space and assures education students a brightly-lit, well-appointed room that is welcoming and pleasant for its users and visitors. Finally, although it is not listed specifically as a strategic goal, our department is committed to diversity and internationalism.
The Department of Aviation mission is guided by both the College and University missions. Department faculty regularly evaluate and assess departmental goals as they pertain to the overarching college and university strategic plans and goals. As the department develops and grows, the mission is periodically revisited and re-evaluated with respect to relavance and feasibility.
The goals and activities of the department have been arrived at through both a top-down and a bottom-up process. The university and college missions set the background and environment for the direction and scope of the department's goals and activities. Student, faculty and staff input contribute to the specifics of the program along with their corresponding activities.
Central Washington University’s mission is to prepare students for responsible citizenship, responsible stewardship of the earth, and enlightened and productive lives. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni serve as an intellectual resource to assist central Washington, the state, and the region in solving human and environmental problems.
Scientific literacy allows for responsible citizenship, responsible stewardship of the earth and enlightened and productive lives. The chemistry department provides educational programs that result in scientifically literate graduates. A fundamental knowledge of chemistry is important in developing a scientific philosophy, in understanding the impact that humans have on the earth, and in understanding life and the human body. The department offers courses to all CWU students in the applications of chemistry in their world. Faculty, students, and alumni actively participate in solving human and environmental problems through scientific chemical research.
Our goals and objectives are aligned with the university and college goals.
The goals and activities of the department have been arrived at through both a top-down and a bottom-up process. The university and college missions set the background and environment for the direction and scope of the department's goals and activities. Student and faculty input along with professional society and industry guidelines contribute to the specifics of the program along with their corresponding activities.
The DOE strives to strengthen the mission of CWU and the College of Business (COB) to provide an outstanding academic and student life on the Ellensburg campus and the University Centers. Also, the DOE strives to promote regional and national prominence for the university.
The mission statements of the university and the college guide the mission of the department through their common goals. All components of the university are focusing on assisting our students in becoming positive factors in a complex and diverse world. The Department of Education is based on the same general concepts. Our goals are on preparing students to become positive change agents in the schools systems. The are to be leaders in instruction, curriculum development, and community relations.
The English department participates in all aspects of university achievement and fosters excellence through its reflective, research based, student centered and inclusive practice. We provide for an outstanding academic and student life on the Ellensburg campus (Strategic Goal 1) by monitoring, instructing, and mentoring over 1800 students per academic quarter, accounting for over 25% of the FTE generated by the College of Arts and Humanities.
We provide for an outstanding academic and student life at the university centers (Strategic Goal 2) in that we work with center program faculty to assess and support student writing and reading competence. English faculty at the Lynnwood Center and the SeaTac Center provide discipline specific writing instruction as well as individualized tutoring.
The English Department actively works to build mutually beneficial partnerships with industry, professional groups, institutions, and the communities surrounding our campus locations (Strategic Goal 4) both in the context of our disciplinary expertise and beyond. Department faculty serve on key organizations and boards related to environmental issues, arts advocacy, civic and community enterprises, and education, including the Larson Gallery Guild Board of Directors, the Educational Service District #105 Board of Directors, the Hospital Board, and APOYO, which provides services to the Hispanic community ranging from operating a food bank to providing court-related translation and client advocacy.
We have helped to strengthen the university’s position as a leader in the field of education (Strategic Goal 5) in that our faculty participate in national education associations and scholarly and public dialogues related to the teaching of literacy, literature, linguistics, and pedagogy.
We work directly and specifically to create and sustain productive, civil, and pleasant workplaces (Strategic Goal 6) and will present evidence of our effort through multiple assessment measures including the productivity data included in this report and the student program evaluations conducted through ENG 489: Senior Colloquium (I.). We maintain a current and regular presence as members and leaders of key university committees including the Faculty Senate committees on Curriculum, Assessment, Technology, Faculty Development, Academic Affairs, General Education, and Budget, as well as campus initiatives like the President’s Diversity Council.
The FCS department uses the university’s and college’s missions to guide the development and implementation of department programs. Each department program has produced a chart identifying the relationships between their program goals and the college and university goals.
Here are the specific University and College of Business missions and goals that guide the Dept of Fin&OSC:
University Goals 1 and II: Maintain and strengthen an outstanding academic and student life on the Ellensburg campus and at the University Centers.
The College of Business goals are to prepare a diverse population of students for productive careers by delivering excellent teaching from highly qualified professors who are active in research and professional activities.
The Dept of FIN&OSC offers degree programs and specializations to students at three primary sites: Ellensburg, Des Moines, and Lynnwood and three DE sites: Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima. We have a geographically and culturally diverse population of urban and non-urban students.
The Dept recruited and hired 4 highly qualified faculty. Three were ethnic minority and one was female.
One of our Dept goals is to have 100% of our tenure track faculty academically qualified according to AACSB.
The university and college, through their encouragement of responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources, and responsible citizenship, create a milieux and an atmosphere of support for the basic mission and activities of this department e.g., acquiring knowledge of the respective histories and cultures of the languages we teach, requiring significant periods of immersion in various cultures through study abroad, developing and knowledge of and appreciation for the art and literature of the languages we teach, etc.
The Geography and Land Studies Department is clearly central and essential to the university’s mission as evidenced by the strong parallels between our departmental goals and mission statement and the university’s mission statement. Collectively as well as individually we have long advocated responsible citizenship and environmental stewardship. The content and learning objectives of our geography courses are especially aimed toward achieving the above stated mission of responsible citizenship and stewardship of the earth. Our faculty have a long history of serving the region through our teaching, research, and public service. As broadly trained geographers well versed in resource issues, we are ideally suited to serve as an intellectual resource for the central Washington region, the state, and the entire Pacific Northwest in understanding and solving human and environmental problems. We have made a conscious effort in each of our hires to hire teachers first, whose backgrounds indicate both depth and breadth, and who care deeply about students. Our courses serve the learning objectives of students across campus, as shown by our direct involvement in the General Education, Environmental Studies, Energy Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Pacific Studies, and Resource Management graduate programs, in addition to our own students majoring in geography. As a holistic discipline, geography is ideally suited to serve the liberal arts needs of the General Education program. At the same time, our faculty have the expertise to teach in a variety of more specialized venues, and many of our upper-division courses - especially those categorized as “resource geography” - are directly responsive to the university’s stated mission of preparing students for “responsible stewardship of the earth.”
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The Department of Geological Sciences emphasizes acquisition and dissemination of fundamental knowledge in the earth sciences. The department culture reflects an emphasis on skill development in order to promote life long learning. More specifically, in order to be both responsible citizens and responsible stewards of the Earth, students must have a basic understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological systems that make up the Earth. Thus, the Geological Sciences department offers courses to all Central Washington University students on the structure, function, and interactions of the Earth’s systems. In addition, the department faculty, staff, students, and alumni serve the region and state in dealing with a variety of problems related to environmental geosciences (e.g., water quality and supply), and natural hazards (earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions).
The History Department's course empahsis on America's past and world issues builds responsible citizenship and responsible stewardship of the earth for the university's students. Its support of study and travel abroad serves the mission for international study. The emphasis on historical research and writing in survey and upper level courses assures essential skills for undergraduate research and lifelong inquiries into new issues facing our alumni.
Department mission is based on the flow down of the university and College of Education and Professional Studies goals. These goals are combined with the departments technical bent to create a mission that is in harmony with the university and technical degree programs offered by the department. The department's academic programs provide students the ability to obtain technical jobs and become responsible citizens.
The broadest mission of the ITAM Department is consistent with the mission of the university: “. . . to prepare students for responsible citizenship, responsible stewardship of the earth, and enlightened and productive lives. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni serve as an intellectual resource to assist central Washington, the state, and the region in solving human and environmental problems.
Qualified faculty and staff create a community that encourages and supports the emotional, personal, and professional growth of students from a variety of backgrounds. The university works with community colleges to establish centers throughout the state and employs technology to extend the reach of its educational programs.
The mission, goals and values of the Law and Justice Department are consistent with both the mission of Central Washington University and the mission of the College of the Sciences. Together, these three mission statements guide the activities and plans of the Law and Justice Department. In the Law and Justice Department attention is paid to teaching, research and service and including students in each of these activities is a priority. Through teaching and mentoring our hope is to prepare students in the “helping professions” for the “betterment of society.” Consistent with the COTS mission statement the Law and Justice department strives to “create and apply knowledge to solving human, social and environmental problems.” The University Mission statement “encourages and supports the emotional, personal, and professional growth of students from a variety of backgrounds.” The Law and Justice Department is committed to diversity and we incorporate this focus into the material presented in the classroom and the research of our faculty members. The University Mission statement identifies working with “centers throughout the state to extend the reach of its educational programs” as a priority at CWU. The Law and Justice Department offers full programs at four unique centers and faculty within the department are active in the use of technology to better serve the needs of students at the CWU centers.
The Department of Mathematics contributes to the mission of the University by contributing to a community that encourages and supports the emotional, personal, and professional growth of students from a variety of backgrounds. The Department is involved with extending the University’s work through the community colleges and currently has one tenure-track faculty member at the centers and is searching for a second tenure-track position at the centers. The Department is also involved with community colleges through projects such as the Transition Math Project which focuses on aiding students make a transition between high school and college.
The Department of Mathematics also offers three undergraduate majors (B.A. in Mathematics Teaching Secondary Education, B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Mathematics with Actuarial Science Specialization) and three minors. It is an integral part of the General Education program (teaching over 1,000 students in General Education each quarter). Finally, the Department also offers one graduate degree (M.A. for Teachers in Math).
The Mission of the university is to “prepare students for responsible citizenship, responsible stewardship of the earth and enlightened and productive lives. Faculty, staff, students and alumni serve as an intellectual resource to assist central Washington, the state and region in solving human and environmental problems.”
Since the department focuses exclusively on the arts, it would be a far reach to assert that it fosters “responsible stewardship of the earth”, or assists in the solution of environmental problems in a substantive manner. Other aspects of the Mission are much more in line with the goals of the department. There is an even more direct connection with the departments activities and the “extent to which the unit is essential to the expected operations of a comprehensive university.”
Prepare students for responsible citizenship…and enlightened and productive lives. It can be argued that music degree programs are among the most effective paths toward these goals.
Both the university’s and the department’s mission acknowledge a duty to contribute to the betterment of society by preparing its students for life within a diverse holistic world order. The department’s mission focuses on quality of life issues inherent in physical and psycho-physiological well-being. The scope of the department’s mission includes enlightening students to issues of resources, community, diversity, and informed choice.
The Philosophy Department’s mission aligns with that of the University in the preparation of students for “responsible citizenship, responsible stewardship of the earth, and enlightened and productive lives” through participation in the University’s general education Program, as well as its own major Programs.
The overall missions of the University, COTS and the Physics Department are well aligned. Briefly, they include: 1. providing an outstanding academic program and environment for student learning; 2. professional growth through involvement in scholarly activities; and 3. service to the University, the community and the profession. Due to the overlap of the respective missions, the Physics Department has been able to reflect on its accomplishments, identify its strengths and pursue activities that contribute to each respective mission.
The University and College missions inform the planning and activities of the department philosophically. The main missions of creating a responsible citizenry (University) and leading students to enlightened and productive lives (University and College of the Sciences) serve as the backdrop for curriculum, instruction, research and service of the Political Science Department. The Department in essence believes it best supports the main mission of both units by doing what we do the best we can: being a political science department, and thus learning and teaching effectively about politics. It is through these activities that we contribute to these larger roles. The Department also has an unstated ethic of serving as a resource about politics, government, and public affairs for the University and greater (state and regional) communities, and faculty members readily participate in a variety of activities that promote that element of the mission as well. Indeed, one element of the departmental performance expectations asks that faculty members “get out of the department” broadly defined, and do some sort of “public service” related to the field (such as lectures to campus or local groups, media appearances, etc.).
The department is guided by college and university goals and results of our program evaluation as we set and pursue our instructional, scholarly, and service goals. For examples: College and university goals stress service to our students at our university centers and we have requested tenure track faculty positions to support a psychology major at the west side centers. College and university goals stress excellence in education programs and we have been a leader in instituting LiveText and other facets of conformity to OSPI and NCATE standards. College and university goals stress service learning and we promote service learning programs such as Meaningful Connections and Children’s Village as well as in our graduate internships and faculty scholarly activities, such as GEAR-UP. We have responded to increased college and university emphasis on assessment with a new capstone course for seniors and a new assessment committee, a standing committee of our department.
The Department of Sociology and its curriculum are guided by college's and university's missions. Department faculty regularly evaluate and assess departmental goals as they pertain to the overarching college and university strategic plans and goals. As the department is undergoing transition and change, the missions of the university and college guide us in our new faculty recruitment efforts and curriculum assessment and revision activities.
The mission of the Theatre Arts Department complements the mission of Central Washington University by presenting, in a public forum, what we have learned, thus educating those who participate as both doers and observers. “By Teaching, We Learn”
The Theatre Arts Department’s mission is consistent with the College’s mission. The department advances knowledge of the liberal arts by offering introductory theatre courses in the CWU’s general education program. It stimulates intellectual inquiry and artistic creativity through its graduate and undergraduate programs in theatre that produce a rigorous and stimulating learning environment, which includes both theory and practice. The faculty also advances knowledge, intellectual inquiry, and artistic creativity through their research and creative activities. Central Theatre Ensemble, the producing arm of the department, offers a diverse annual season of plays and other artistic works that provide a diverse and cross-disciplinary support for other programs and departments, thus “understanding of and appreciation for the complex physical, cultural, and imaginative worlds of human existence” and infusing “in our students a life long thirst for knowledge and capacity for aesthetic growth.”