President's Desk

President's Desk

Dear Friends,
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How do you measure success? I’m asked this question all the time. Is it JWU’s 80,000 alumni engaged in professionally enviable and personally satisfying careers across the globe? Individual student successes? JWU’s unique education model? Our commitment to affordability and engaging programs? Our dedicated faculty and staff? Our strong employer connections and commitment to community? Or our ability, during tough economic times, to stay on task and realize the goals of our ambitious strategic plan, FOCUS 2011? It’s a combination of many such factors.

We have four vibrant campuses serving more than 16,000 students. Like every university, we’re focused on improving our graduation and retention rates. We’ve become more selective without compromising enrollment or student body diversity. Affordability remains key — 84 percent of JWU students need financial aid and 82 percent work part time to supplement aid. In 2009–2010 we committed $112 million in institutional aid. Even that’s not enough. We’re budgeting $120 million for 2010–2011 and tenaciously seeking funding for scholarships and program support.

As we close the 2009–2010 academic year, JWU is financially strong. We’re allocating precious resources to what enables us to remain competitive while delivering the best student experience possible. We’re enhancing student life through major construction: the new Denver Wildcat Athletics Center which opened in fall 2009; Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence in Providence, the country’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified culinary facility, which opened this year; a new Charlotte student center; and a new residence hall and student center in North Miami are underway. Stormy economic times have many organizations trimming employee development. Not JWU. We provide a nurturing learning environment for students, and we’re doing the same for faculty and staff.

We’re launching online degree programs, and our Denver Campus kicks off its Adult & Continuing Education Program in the fall. We’re establishing our reputation as a leader in experiential education and career services, honing better experiences for students, better academic outcomes and better learning overall.

There’s more to be done; more success to be achieved. Along with our students, faculty and staff, our alumni and friends remain at the core of all we do. Join us as we continue strengthening JWU. How do you measure success? I value your feedback at

University President John J. Bowen ’77