Why Recruit Out of State?

By Madonne Miner
Provost

Oct. 6, 2017

Think about a time you have traveled out of state, or, even better, out of country. Did the travel experience change you?

Based on my own experience, I’m going to assume that many of you would respond that travel pushed you to question some of the things you took for granted, or provided new perspectives on cultural practices, maybe even motivated you to try some new food or drink.  

You probably didn’t change radically, but may have enacted changes around the edges. After a trip to Brazil, for example, I continue to be mostly a non-drinker, but if you offer me a Brazilian Caipirinha, I’m going to say yes.

WSU’s new out-of-state and international recruiting efforts will change elements of WSU’s culture, but an influx of new students is not going to change the heart of our culture. That is, we remain committed to Access, Learning and Community; those commitments will be enhanced by the addition of new voices, ideas and perspectives:  

  • Expanding Access beyond our tri-county area allows us to share WSU’s opportunities with a wider audience.
  • Exchanges and discussions made possible by having a student population from a range of locations contributes mightily to our goals in Learning.
  • And the development of a more diverse student population helps prepare us all to participate effectively in 21st-century global Communities.  

In other words, out-of-state and international recruiting efforts are in alignment with WSU’s core values and allow us to enact those values with a larger number of student participants.

P.S. If you’re ever in Brazil, try a Caipirinha; you won’t regret it.  

Do you have questions or comments about this article? Please contact Madonne Miner at madonneminer@weber.edu.