2012 Fall Update

September 10, 2012

Dear Willamette faculty and staff,
With the various fall kickoff activities behind us and the semester underway, I wish you a belated welcome back to campus.  

Now well into my second year as president, I feel less like a newcomer but I know I still have a lot learn about this complex and ever-changing community, and I intend to continue my exploration through active engagement and participation.  I plan to attend as many faculty and student events throughout the year as my schedule permits, and continue the tradition of open office hours for students, hosting dinners with small groups of faculty and students on campus and at Bishop House, as well as the Administrative Forum and Classified Forum and other activities and perennial events.

In addition to this and overseeing the important business of teaching, learning, scholarship, and the myriad of institutional services and programs that support faculty and student achievement and success, there are a few other things I hope to accomplish this year: 
I will continue to seek greater visibility and support for the university among alumni, foundations, the higher education community and the community of prospective students and their families. 
I look forward to completion of the university's strategic plan and working together to implement it and prepare for the next capital campaign. After further work on the draft plan and consultation with the campus community over the course of the next four or five months, the final draft of the strategic plan will be brought to the Board of Trustees in February 2013 for consideration and final approval.
As was previously announced, Dennis Bergvall, Willamette's new Vice President for Advancement, arrived September 1, and I also hope to welcome, in the next twelve months or so, the next Vice President for Enrollment and the Dean of the College of Law. 
I continue to be pleased and impressed with the collegial atmosphere at Willamette, a campus united by a shared mission and vision.  I look forward to working together to achieve our goals.  Thank you for all you do for Willamette University. 
I also thought you might be interested in some of the characteristics of this year's incoming classes, shared by the offices of admissions university-wide:

Class size: 531 first-year students and 33 transfers
Resident states: 23
Top three states of origin:  California (38%), Oregon (22%), Washington (18%)
First-generation college attendees:  17%
Percentage that self-identify as multicultural:  33%
Percentage female:  53%  Percentage male:  47%
Median GPA: 3.79
Median combined SAT score: 1800
Class size: 139 
Resident states represented: 29 
Undergraduate schools represented: 
Median Age: 
Female: 37%  Male: 63%
(Full-time MBA)
Class size:  105, plus 8 exchange students
Resident states represented: 13
Resident countries represented: 20
Percentage international students:  40% 
Number of students fluent in two or more languages: 65
Average age: 25
(Full-time MAT)
Class size:  48 
Percentage female: 69%  Percentage male:  31%  
Average age:  30
Resident states represented:  4
Percentage from Oregon: 92%

And finally, as I did last fall, and in keeping with my predecessor's perennial practice, I ask you to take a moment to review the attached letter regarding Title IX.  It includes the university's policies and procedures as well as information about training opportunities.  Thank you.
Looking forward to a productive academic year,

President ThorsettPresident Thorsett