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Monday March 9th, 2015

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A new University of Windsor experience on the horizon that President Alan Wildeman calls “UWindsor 2.0” will usher in job creation, the continued attraction of international students and a focus on improving student life on campus.

The president announced his plan, Monday afternoon, for the upcoming three years of growth which is to be funded by what he characterized as a “revenue model that is very unique in Ontario.”

Wildeman talked about how international students make up over half of the population of graduate/masters students, that international students account for 34% of tuition revenue, and the continued attraction and growth of international students has given the University an injection of funding to perform targeted growth under a plan called the Strategic Priority Fund.

The president identified five key areas for the transition to UWindsor 2.0: to focus on enrollment, to focus on the student experience, to invest in faculty, to continue facilities renewal and to move to activity based budgeting.

Highlights of the plan include the creation of around 50 new faculty positions to improve the teaching experience. Updates to the CAW Student Centre to, as Wildeman put it, “make the student centre more student friendly, Lancer-like and be a place where students want to hang out,” are also in the plans.

Wildeman spoke about the importance of renewing campus facilities such as the Law building and Essex Hall, for instance, which he said is “far behind what is needed for science today.” He also announced that Electa Hall, an aging student residence, would be demolished this year.

Wildeman emphasized that the future is bright for the University. “If we make this move now, we can tell the world that the University of Windsor is a place where students can meet their professors in year one, a place where new innovative ways of teaching and learning are being accelerated, a place where research and creativity are helping our region and the country.”

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