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Faculty & Staff

February 16, 2018 

Dear Colleagues:

Thank you for your individual and collective efforts as the work of spring semester moves along. I want to update you on a few things this month…

Post & Courier Article
I was disappointed in a news story that appeared Sunday in Charleston’s Post & Courier which included misleading generalizations regarding public higher education in South Carolina, including Winthrop. I want to be very clear: Winthrop’s finances are strong. The university’s unrestricted net position has grown substantially in recent years. And, with the Winthrop Plan, we have a blueprint for future growth, which should further improve the financial outlook. As I have done in past years, I will do a more comprehensive presentation on the budget trends at future faculty and staff conference meetings.

Trustee Retreat
The Board of Trustees wrapped up a productive two-day retreat in early February that proved informative on many levels. Trustees received updates on legislative issues in higher education, national enrollment trends, and specific to Winthrop, information on undergraduate and graduate enrollment. I have always appreciated how interested our board members are in all aspects of the university, and their engagement at the retreat reinforced to me how much they care about Winthrop and our shared future.

Presentation to Senate Subcommittee
I traveled to Columbia this week to update the Senate Finance Higher Education Subcommittee on our budget requests, as I did with the House subcommittee last month. You may recall that I want our legislators to know about Winthrop’s accomplishments, our financial stability, and most importantly, our commitment to access and quality as reflected in our budget requests for fiscal year 2019.

New Winthrop Logo
Please join me on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 11:15 a.m. in the DiGiorgio Campus Center lobby as we unveil Winthrop’s new logo. There will be refreshments and giveaways featuring the new logo, and the Winthrop Bookstore will offer additional merchandise for sale. We also will begin the transformation of our on-campus graphics later that day. It is worth noting that it will take at least a year, possibly more depending on the availability of funds, to fully implement the new brand. More information about that process will be shared on a webpage soon after the logo unveiling.

National Survey of Student Engagement
As you know, Winthrop once again is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which gauges the quality of students’ educational experience and level of their engagement in campus life. Freshmen, sophomores and seniors have been invited to participate in the online survey. Please encourage students to complete the NSSE. Simply mentioning the NSSE and asking students to participate will convey the university’s commitment to enhancing their living and learning experience at Winthrop.

Employee Engagement/Satisfaction Survey
Finally, remember to be watching for the February 19 email from Korn Ferry Hay asking you to participate in the “Let Your Voice Be Heard” survey, which is tied to Goal 3 of the Winthrop Plan. The objectives are to gather the views of employees and provide a roadmap to help us achieve high levels of employee satisfaction and performance and drive institutional results. We need to hear from a great many of you to learn where we are and what we can do to improve. Please make it a point to complete the survey.

As always, thank you for all that you are doing for Winthrop.



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