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Strategic Planning

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) is one of seven academic colleges at Western Michigan University.  Its seven departments span the breadth of engineering, engineering technology, and applied science and provide the educational basis of our career-ready graduates.  Our 17 undergraduate, ten masters, and six doctoral programs incorporate experiential learning that maintains the depth of rigor required by our professions.

Consistent with the Strategic Plan of WMU and the Strategic Plan of Academic Affairs, CEAS puts forward the following strategic plan focused on the areas of undergraduate, graduate, research, and community.

Undergraduate

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences fosters a nurturing environment for all of our students to be successful.  To better prepare our students for the 21st Century, we need to be engaged in their success throughout their academic careers.  From our first recruitment encounter, during their days on campus culminating in a distinctive capstone experience, to a life-long rewarding career we are committed to excellence in our endeavors with our students.

Objective U1:  Increase the academic profile and diversity of our incoming students

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Objective U2:  Increase the retention rate of students within CEAS

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Objective U3:  Foster an undergraduate culture that better prepares our students for success in their careers.

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Graduate

Our graduate programs complement our mission to support the needs of society and our profession.  We build on the undergraduate foundation to enable the individual to extend to their fullest capacity.  We are committed to excellence as we select our students and prepare for them a rewarding learning experience so that in the end they have become colleagues.

Objective G1:  Promote graduate education to undergraduate students and provide incentives for top-quality undergraduates to obtain advanced degrees.

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Objective G2:  Provide agile and responsive graduate programs that support current and future global needs.

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Objective G3:  Promote a multi-disciplinary, global culture in our graduate programs.

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Research

Our college is forever dedicated to our discovery-driven agenda.  We as faculty and our colleagues as students work together to solve the difficult problems and to make the world better through rigorous exploration of the unknown and the creation of new knowledge. 

Objective R1:  Increase faculty productivity in research and scholarship.

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Objective R2: Increase student participation in externally-funded research.

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Community

As we prepare our students for their life-long careers, we too are part of and servants to our greater community.   We share in the collective desire of improving our world and safeguarding the future.

Objective C1:  Advance our community through engagement and contribution.

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Objective C2:  Elevate the external reputation of CEAS by actively participating in national and international professional communities.

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