Opportunity for All: the Benefits of Being a SCU
Western Washington University is proud to be a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an organization made up of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems across the nation.
Western, like all SCUs, shares a student focused learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that makes it uniquely different from land grant or research universities and community and technical colleges. Western advances Washington’s economic progress and cultural development, as do SCU’s in their home states across the country.
Western and its fellow state colleges and universities foster a value system centered around the concept of “Opportunities for All;” that SCUs are the higher education choice that creates brighter futures for all of the region’s students, and thus becomes the economic, cultural and social drivers for their states.
Every SCU brings with it four core values: Quality, Accessibility, Affordability and Responsibility.
High Quality: Western embraces a student-centered focus that emphasizes learning and teaching as a core institutional belief. Western students are taught and mentored by a faculty of scholars and are exposed to a full range of educational opportunities in smaller class sizes. Western supports a broad range of different learning styles and opportunities – from its Honors Program to hands-on applied research with its faculty, both in the lab and out in the field.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor
of Chemistry David Rider and student Diane Perez
(Chemistry/Nooksack, WA) work to solve a problem
in Rider’s organic chemistry laboratory.
Accessibility: As a state university, Western provides a viable, high quality educational experience to a diverse cross-section of the region’s residents, including nontraditional students or groups that have historically been underrepresented in higher education. Western strives to foster campus diversity, build inclusiveness, and enable partnerships to succeed. For more information on these efforts, go to http://www.wwu.edu/diversity.
Affordability: Western, like its peer SCUs, is a smart investment, offering a high quality, accessible and affordable choice to earning a four-year baccalaureate degree, and shares the mission of its peers to make higher education available to anyone who is willing to work hard in order to be successful.
Responsibility: SCUs like Western create the skilled workforce to support the state’s business and needs while advancing economic progress and cultural development. As a place of public purpose, Western prepares its students for a life of leadership and service and enhances their abilities to attain financial independence after graduation.
Western, like its peer SCUs, is a smart investment, offering a high quality, accessible and affordable choice to earning a four-year baccalaureate degree, and shares the mission of its peers to make higher education available to anyone who is willing to work hard in order to be successful.