Office of the President
Barge Hall 314
Mail stop 7501
(509) 963-2111




2020 State of the University Address

A transcript of this video is available.

The 2020 State of the University Address was presented by CWU President James L. Gaudino on October 21 at 10 a.m. This annual event provided the President with an opportunity to speak about the university’s recent successes and the need to build on those successes to maintain momentum into the future.

The President outlined the progress that had been made on the three university-wide goals (below) that he unveiled last year and present his vision for the coming year.

Goal #1 - To increase the first-year to second-year student retention rate from 71 percent to 80 percent over the next five years. To do this, he said the university must find new ways to create and sustain an environment where our students feel welcome and are supported by the institution, and want to return to complete their degree programs and graduate.

Goal #2 - To increase the diversity of our faculty and staff by 5 percent in five years. The president said he wants faculty, students, prospective students, and staff to feel welcome and that they belong at the university. Achieving this will, he added, will require making the university as accepting and inviting as possible in order to expand the pool of qualified candidates for open positions.

Goal #3 - To reduce the campus carbon footprint by 5 percent within the next five years. He called on the university community to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle for the health of the planet and the health and future of students.

State of the University Address Archives

2019 State of the University Address