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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING WINTHROP UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ANTHONY DIGIORGIO TO LEAD A CAMPUS-WIDE PROCESS TO REVIEW AND REFINE WINTHROP’S MISSION AND RELATED MATTERS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF EMERGING GLOBAL SOCIAL, TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION AND THE CONCOMITANT SHIFTING NEEDS OF PRESENT AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

WHEREAS, the State of South Carolina by law has conferred on the Winthrop University Board of Trustees “all the power necessary for the accomplishment of the trust committed to it, viz.:  the establishment, conduct and maintenance of a first‑class institution of higher education,” and has authorized the Board to act “as the progress of the times may require;” and

WHEREAS, the Winthrop University Board of Trustees spent its February 2010 three-day retreat by reviewing a wide array of emerging social, technical and economic trends that signify an on-going transformation in the needs and expectations of 21st century students and other public higher education stakeholders; and

WHEREAS, Winthrop University is in the midst of preparing for a Spring 2011 visit by a team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for purposes of re-affirmation of institutional accreditation; and

WHEREAS, SACS standards for re-affirmation of institutional accreditation now include the required development of a Quality Enhancement Plan around which significant attention will be directed by the University for a period of five years (2011-2016) to achieve meaningful, mission-driven enhancement of student learning across the institution by deepening global awareness and broadening opportunities for global exploration within the Winthrop experience; and

WHEREAS, each and all of the above elements will affect significantly the overall context within which the Winthrop University campus community must carry out it its responsibilities in an age of shifting expectations, declining public-sector provision of resources and related challenges to organizational capacities; and 

WHEREAS, it is in the interest of each institution of higher learning from time to time to add to its  “constant conversation” an introspective and reflective stock-taking of its nature and character, mission, structure and manner of meeting its obligations to the future while keeping faith with long-standing core values,

THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the Winthrop University Board of Trustees recommends and authorizes that President Anthony DiGiorgio over the following 12-15 months conduct a campus-wide process to review the implications of these shifting conditions on Winthrop University and produce recommendations for balancing mission and resources with expectations, while fulfilling the statutory requirement that Winthrop be a “first-class institution of higher education,” offering programs, features and instruction “as the progress of the times may require.”

Adopted:  April 16, 2010

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