Diversity and internationalization were among the key issues covered in Forward Thinking, and the university moved quickly to act on each.

  • President Barbara R. Snyder appointed the university’s first vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity in December 2008.

  • Provost and Executive Vice President W.A. “Bud” Baeslack appointed the campus’s first associate provost for international affairs in May 2009.

  • Baeslack also launched an alliance investment plan to help catalyze interdisciplinary collaborations.

  • The plan called for the university to stabilize finances and launch a capital campaign.
    Since 2007 the university has eliminated its nearly $20 million deficit and in Fiscal Year 2012 posted a $6.4 million surplus.

  • Meanwhile, Snyder announced the public launch of Forward Thinking: The Campaign for Case Western Reserve University in October 2011. As of June 30 2012, the campaign has raised $717.5 million toward its $1 billion goal.

Forward Thinking

The Strategic Plan for CWRU, 2008-2013 was developed during AY2007-08 and approved by the Board in June, 2008.
The plan is now in it's fifth year of implementation.

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