Believe in Peace

Aug 26, 2021

In 2017, William Peace University (WPU) launched the Believe in Peace Strategic Plan to successfully promote the University’s growth and impact, and solidify its place as a distinctive leader in higher education throughout the region.

This plan was developed by the University Community to ensure that WPU students receive the best possible educational experience. One that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to become courageous and confident, transforming their passion into purpose.

We want to celebrate the progress made on this plan in the last five years.

Initiative Result
Immersive Learning
  • In Spring 2020, WPU established the Center for Immersive Learning (CIL) in part by the generosity of Clancy & Theys Construction Company. The CIL engages students through hands-on experience in an active, real-world environment. WPU students have had immersive experiences such as studying contaminated catfish, interacting with wildlife in Mexico, creating governments in a statecraft simulation, and more.
Innovative Partnerships
  • WPU and Wake Technical College have partnered for the program Transfer2Success. The Transfer2Success program allows students to complete their first two years at Wake Tech before finishing their degree at WPU.
  • WPU entered a partnership with Meredith College to create an accelerated program for students seeking both an undergraduate degree and a Master of Business Administration degree.
  • The WPU Offices of Advancement and Student Life partnered to create The Pacer Family Program to promote student success by engaging parents and families in the student experience while providing an open communication forum for parents and families. As part of this effort, the WPU Family Portal (wpu.campusesp.com) was launched to keep families up-to-date on current University news, events and announcements via the online portal and regular email communications.
Strategic Growth
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created to further WPU’s commitment to provide support, advocacy, training & education and community building events and programs for  WPU students, faculty and staff. In Spring 2021, Leah Young was hired as Director of the Office of DEI  (see page BLAH)
  • The William Peace University Campus Master plan was developed in partnership with ODELL and Stewart and is a bold vision for the future of the University campus. The plan will be fulfilled over roughly a 20-25 year time period pending enrollment growth and philanthropic support.
  • WPU has launched several new bachelor’s degree programs including Interactive Design, ESports and Gaming Administration, and Human Resource Management, complementing WPU’s 30+ other majors. Additionally, Athletics expanded with the additions of Lacrosse, Track and Field and Swimming.
  • Even in a pandemic, WPU’s commitment to students was evident. Retention strategies lead to the highest First-Year to Second-Year retention rate in at least the last 30 years.
Distinctive Identity
  • WPU established a new marketing plan to further develop and distinguish our identity as a nationally ranked, award-winning educational institution.

 

Give Courageously to Peace

Thanks to the generosity of William Peace University supporters, current and future WPU students have access to the resources needed to learn through immersive experiences, build upon their courage and develop the confidence needed to turn passion into purpose.
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