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President John Bardo's Top Five Priorities

The catch-phrase “Bardo’s Five” has quickly become the shorthand people are using to identify President John Bardo’s top five priorities for Wichita State.

While Bardo and other participants from the university and community are working to develop a long-term strategic plan for Wichita State, the president believes these five goals are so fundamentally important, they must be pursued now.

Improve overall quality

Every corner of the university has to focus on being the best it can be so that students know they are buying excellence with their education dollars. Wichita State should assure that students have a global-class education taught by world-class faculty.

Increase enrollment

Wichita State is the third-largest university in Kansas but it has room to grow, in part by emphasizing its urban-serving mission but also by attracting other key constituencies — adult learners, transfer students from community colleges, former military personnel, distance learners and international students.

Enhance basic research

Across the campus, faculty are engaged in research projects that have the potential to improve our social and economic well-being. Their efforts need to be supported, accelerated and broadened to enhance Wichita State’s reputation, attract funding, advance knowledge and — in many cases — lead to new products, systems and services that will benefit society.

Pursue technology transfer

Tied to the importance of basic research is the quest to see that research results in new inventions, innovations and technologies that can be marketed, usually in collaboration with industry and private-sector enterprises. The intellectual property that results from university research can produce much-needed income for schools coping with ever-dwindling state dollars.

Improve the quality of student life

Making campus life more attractive, collegial and convenient for students also would help recruit and retain them. Key to achieving this goal is building a new residence hall in the heart of campus, and plan for additional residential facilities. Also important to this holistic approach is providing a one-stop center for registration and advising, and promoting student involvement and engagement.