History of Washington & LeeGeorge Washington Robert E. Lee
Learning Outcomes Following this presentation colleagues will be able to: Articulate key events of Washington & Lee history Express the major student organizations on campus Describe the characteristics of a Washington & Lee applicant Explain how development initiatives support the strategic plan
Presentation Overview Quick Glance Governance Academics Student Life & Activities Admissions & Access Development Common Themes
A Quick Glance of W&L Location: Lexington, VA Majors: 40 Founded: 1749 Minors: 20 Undergraduate Courses: 1,000+ Enrollment: 1,759 Clubs & Organizations: Law Enrollment: 394 120+ Full-time Faculty: 173 Women Admitted to Undergraduate Divisions: Women Admitted to 1985 School of Law: 1972 Division III Athletics Program
Mission StatementWashington and Lee University provides a liberal artseducation that develops students capacity to thinkfreely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselveswith honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will beprepared for life-long learning, personalachievement, responsible leadership, service to others, andengaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.
GovernanceBoard of President’s PresidentTrustees Cabinet
President’s Role in Governance Dr. Kenneth Ruscio W&L ’s Strategic Plan Who is he? Continue Strengths of the What does he do? Past Recruit & Support Exceptional Students Recruit, Retain, & Develop Faculty and Staff Establish & Enhance Academic Programs Create a Campus of 21st President’s Cabinet Century Who makes it up, why?
Board of Trustees & Governance Level of Involvement Where do they come from & cultivation Responsibilities Committees Aspects of shared governance
Faculty Roles in Governance 6 Types of Committees • Created by the Board of Trustees • Administer Faculty Responsibilities • Joining with Administrative Staff • Ad Hoc for a time and purpose • Academic-Program Advisory • Administrative American Association of University Professors 36 Indicators of Sound Governance
Academics W&L Academics Undergraduate Graduate Education EducationThe College- The Williams School of LawLiberal Arts School
Graduate Education School of Law What makes it unique? Sticker Shock New strategy: Application fee Faculty Employment prospects
Undergraduate Education The College - Liberal Arts Departmental initiatives and priorities 2 years of general requirements The Williams School of Commerce, Economics, & Politics Providing a strong balance with the liberal arts spirit All students can enroll in courses offered, 40% of the student body are majors Reputation and Intimacy Interdisciplinary Cross-College Offerings
Student Activities Greek Life Executive Committee Honor System “At Washington & Lee you have three types of students: the Greeks who like to drink, the black students who only hang out with black students, and how do I say this the smart kids who aren’t social” - Jason Rodocker, Director of Campus Activities & Leadership Development
Greek Life Greek Governing Bodies 16 Fraternities in IFC 6 Sororities in PHC 4 NPHC Fraternities and Sororities 79% of W&L students participate in Greek Life. Problems that arise: Alcohol and drug consumption Hazing policy Sexual violence Concepts of Greek Life
Executive Committee Student Governing Body Responsibilities include: Allocating funds to student organizations Amending the Student Body Constitution Honor violation meetings and investigations.
Honor System“On my honor, I have neither given nor receivedany unacknowledged aid on this(exam, test, paper, etc.).” Student administered “White Book”, guidelines about Honor System Extends the tradition of trust
Oops You’ve Been CAUGHT! : Honor System Violations 2009-2010 Academic ANY W&L Year student 8 investigations 4 closed hearings 3 students found NOT Executive guilty Committee 1 student chose to withdraw Hearing inWithdraw front of Student Body
Gillian, from HawaiiClass of 2013 Why students choose W&L?
Nathaniel, from Chicago Class of 2014 “I chose W&Lfor the support. The teachers aresupportive, the students are supportive…Overall it was a good choice.”
Ted DeLaney, Ph.D. Went from university janitor to head of the History Department Lexington, VA native B.A. Washington & Lee Ph.D. William & Mary Founded African American“But my greatest joy, as always, will be working with the students.” Studies Program at W&L - Ted DeLaney
Admissions Visibility Inquiry Pool of 36,000 Traditional, yet cutting 40 states visited edge W & L is a “four year Law School, Science experience” Facilities, & Mass Communication LIVE, LEARN, ENGAGE, EXPLORE Liberal Arts? Interdisciplinary Studies
Admissions Selectivity Competitive admissions Average Entering Class process Program, Performance, Potenti 19% Admit Rate al for college, Participation, Personal 50% Early Decision ity 10% of class are legacy Facts from 2010-2011 class: Gender Balance in Applicant 6,222 applied Pool 1,181 accepted 473 enrolled 81% in top 10th of Class First Generation Students: 44
Tuition Comparison 2010-2011 Tuition of Peer Institutions $56,634$60,000 $50,980 $50,630 $46,219$50,000$40,000$30,000$20,000$10,000 $0 UVA W &L Wake Forest Vanderbilt University *Out of State Tuition, Room, and Board
Accessibility $50,630 Tuition Room & Board Johnson Scholarship Program (2010-2011 school year) Largest portion of endowment Full scholarship offered to Quantifying Education Argument incoming students 3,500-4,000 applications annually received prior to Financial Aid (Class of 2014) Johnson Scholarship NOW Average grant to students averages over 6,000 receiving aid: $35,520 25 Students receiving Pell Grant 49 Students from families earning under $50,000 annually Over $29 million in financial assistance was offered to 65% of Student Body in 2009-2010
“Endowment makes all thedifference” – Dr. Dawn Watkins“The level of resources changes thegame” – Jason Rodocker Asking students why they choose Washington & Lee:Dean Futrell: “Don’t say the money”Students: “The money”
Development at W&L Office reports to Vice President for University Advancement 4 Main Fundraising Offices Annual Fund Major Gifts Planned Giving Law School Advancement
Endowment and Giving Top Institution in Alumni Support per student - $21,670 One of the Top 30 Largest Endowments per student - $416,887 The Annual Fund received $7,014,000 during 2009-2010
Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: Fundraising Campaign $500 Million Campaign Launched campaign on October 22nd, 2010 Goals of Campaign $160 million for recruiting and supporting students $122 million for recruiting, retaining and developing faculty and staff $120.5 million for creating a campus for the 21st century $37.5 million for new academic programs and enhancing existing ones $60 million for creating financial flexibility through the Annual Fund
1. Which Founding Father helped W&L survive withthe schools first major endowment of $20,000? 1. Benjamin Franklin 2. George Washington 3. John Adams 4. Thomas Jefferson 0% 0% 0% 0% 10 1 2 3 4
2. Which of these did George Washington bringto campus when he was president? 1. The Honor Code 2. The Speaking Tradition 3. The Law School 4. The School’s Motto 5. None of the above - (He wasn’t President, it was all Bobby Lee) 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 10 1 2 3 4 5
3. What is an initiative the strategic plan calls for? 1. To becoming a top tier research institution 2. To establish and enrich academic experiences and offerings 3. To revert campus to a religiously affiliated institution 4. To double enrollment to 3500 so more students can experience W&L 0% 0% 0% 0% 10 1 2 3 4
4. What is the current sticker price of tuition atWashington & Lee?1. $10K – 20K2. $20K – 30K3. $30K - 60K4. Too rich for my blood 0% 0% 0% 0% 10 1 2 3 4
5. Who controls the Honor System?1. Students2. SCHEV3. Faculty & Staff4. Dr. Ellen Plummer5. Parents 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 10 1 2 3 4 5
6. Who was the better looking historian?1. George Washington2. Bobby E. Lee 0% 0% 10 1 2
The Common Themes Sense of Community & Intimate Relationships Prestige Tradition and History Student Self-Governance & Autonomy
ReferencesInterviews with:Robert Koch, Teri Cugliari, Jason Rodocker, StephenSneed, Katherine Brinkley, Tammy Futrell, Jim Farrar, Dr.Dawn Watkins, Nathaniel Hayes, Gillian Johnson, Jacob EliumSpecial Thanks to Bobby Lee for our new sweatshirts!