Webster University, founded in 1915 with its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is the only Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe and Asia.
Through Webster’s Global Network, Everyone WINS
Every year, Webster University’s international campuses welcome students from Webster’s U.S. locations, as well as 29 affiliate universities currently partnering with Webster in Webster’s International Network of Schools (WINS) program. Through this unique program, Webster also accepts students from more than 40 unaffiliated U.S. institutions to study abroad in its nationally recognized program. All qualified students receive travel funds. The WINS program adds a richness and depth to students’ academic and cultural experiences while traveling, learning, studying and staying at Webster
University locations around the world. Other colleges and universities are able to capitalize on Webster’s already-established network and infrastructure to offer quality study abroad programs to their own students.
• U.S. News & World Report ranked Webster’s Study Abroad programs in the top two percent in America’s Best Colleges 2013.
• The Open Doors 2011 report ranked Webster first in Missouri and the Midwest and ninth nationally based on the number of students in long-term study abroad programs.
With Webster’s centennial approaching in 2015, we stand at a defining moment in Webster University’s history. It is also a turning point in higher education itself as colleges and universities around the world call on innovation and creativity to meet future challenges.
At Webster, we follow in the footsteps of entrepreneurs and innovators and it is with great pride that we find ourselves here today – helping to reinvent and renew for the century to come.
Now is a time for looking back and for moving forward. We know that tomorrow’s leaders will need to look at and respond to the world differently than we do today. Through our faculty, curriculum and global perspective, we endow our students with the tools they need to thrive as global citizens and to find success in their lives and chosen vocations, wherever they are.
In Webster University’s university report, we introduce you to just a few of the ideas and people who are bringing our exciting and evolving vision to life. We invite you to visit us online or in person at our home campus in St. Louis, or at any one of our many locations around the world. We think you will feel welcome and you will like what you see.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble
Dr. Julian Z. Schuster
Provost and Senior Vice President
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, who became Webster University’s 11th president in 2009, is leading the University’s transformation as we prepare to enter our second century of thinking beyond traditional university walls.
Dr. Julian Z. Schuster joins Dr. Stroble in a partnership leadership model as Provost and Senior Vice President. He is responsible for all operating units of the University and reports directly to the president as the number two executive at the University.
Strategy in Action
Faculty and staff come together in dynamic sessions of thinking, planning and doing.
Webster University’s Strategic Plan, Vision 2020, established a new vision and mission, six large goals and many individual objectives. As part of the systematic planning within Vision 2020, Dr. Stroble and her administrative team created the “Next Level Prism” to integrate and sustain the many admirable efforts undertaken each year by individuals.
The Prism is but one way to communicate from a systems perspective the challenges and opportunities for Webster University—each box working simultaneously and synergistically to bring Webster University to the next level.
The Prism provides the framework to ask the questions and to engage the community in identifying what is needed, to charge its development, to celebrate and to provide support and resources, and for holding the members of the community accountable for completing the work needed to accomplish our mission and vision.
Webster faculty balance global scholarship with professional experience to bring first-class, real-world insight into the classroom. At Webster locations around the world, they maintain strong local connections to provide unparalleled personal service and opportunities to students.
Global Leadership Academy
The signature Global Leadership Academy brings faculty and staff together in a yearlong cohort to study and practice relevant leadership topics in workshop settings, as well as engage in activities designed to complement Webster’s curriculum. This unique program helps Webster faculty and staff “lead from where they are” through an intensive program of meaningful experiences. In this diverse environment, Academy fellows learn and use the tools required to break down barriers and effectively respond to opportunities and challenges facing Webster University.
The Global Citizenship Program
Beginning in fall 2012, all Webster freshmen enrolled in the Global Citizenship Program, Webster’s new undergraduate core curriculum. Designed with input from Webster faculty throughout the world, this mix of new core courses will provide all Webster students with the critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills needed to meet the demands of the 21st century and make a positive difference in the world around them.
Aligning Academic Programs with Marketplace Realities
With faculty as key leaders, Webster calls on their expertise to solve real problems and move the University forward. In 2012, Webster initiated a comprehensive academic and administrative program and site review to ensure consistent and high-caliber academic offerings and student services. This program, developed by the faculty and staff, now provides the ongoing framework for continual improvement of academic programs and Webster locations.
Exploring New Directions
This past fall, the president and provost called upon the entire faculty and staff to serve on Working Groups to innovate and discover new opportunities in areas of critical interest to Webster around the world:
Recruitment, Enrollment & Retention
STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Medicine)
Diversity of New Hires
External Outreach & Engagement
Policies & Procedures/Shared Governance
Over 300 engaged employees volunteered to participate in developing new ideas.
As a global institution, we continue to extend our reach with new programs and partnerships in every corner of the world.
“Our mission is to transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Transformation requires curiosity, courage and commitment — qualities that we seek and develop in our students. Armed with these qualities, our students will not only understand the world, they will also be capable of making it better.”
— Dr. Julian Z. Schuster
At Webster University, we know a global outlook is essential for success in today’s interconnected world. But “the last mile” in making a difference is most often through local connections. We partner with business and industry to strengthen the local communities we serve. Here are just a few examples:
Kansas City, Missouri
In Kansas City, Missouri, Webster is using a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide teachers in Kansas City Public Schools with the coursework necessary to earn certification in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages.
St. Louis, Missouri
Throughout the St. Louis region, Webster is turning RN’s into leaders through MBA and MSN cohorts with multiple health systems. Webster is helping BJC HealthCare and SSM Health Care develop their own leaders from within, with on-site graduate programs taught by Webster faculty, tailored to the unique needs of these organizations.
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In Castle Rock, Colorado, Webster works with the local Chamber of Commerce to provide cohort-style MBA and other master’s degrees for local professionals and government employees.
In Geneva, Webster’s Counseling program – which is offered at more than 30 campus locations worldwide and is professionally accredited locally by the Swiss Association of Counseling – trains Swiss counseling students and offers counseling services to the community through Webster’s on-campus Counseling Training Center.
Building on St. Louis’ reputation as a world-class chess center, Webster welcomed the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence to our St. Louis campus. The acclaimed Institute relocated to Webster from Texas Tech University, bringing with it the members of the reigning national collegiate champion Texas Tech “A” chess team, which includes an unprecedented eight Grandmasters.
A five-time Olympic champion, Polgar is one of the strongest female chess players in history, winning four world championships. She was also the first woman to qualify for the Men’s World Championship Cycle and earn the Men’s Grandmaster title.
Globally, educators recognize chess as an effective tool for cultivating interest and success in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) disciplines. Polgar and the Institute are now working to make Webster the nation’s premier center for chess education, research and technology and a leader in women’s chess.
“Webster’s SPICE program provides the opportunity for young women to excel in this ancient game of strategy, which has important links to other types of learning such as science, technology, engineering and math.” - Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri
Since 1995, nearly 25,000 Webster students, faculty, staff and alumni have delivered more than 106,000 hours of volunteer service in their local communities through Webster Works Worldwide, our annual day of community service.
We take this time each year to work together to complete service projects — from playing music at senior centers, to restoring parks and trails, to creating community art projects. Each one allows our volunteer teams to demonstrate Webster’s commitment to worldwide community engagement, while helping to plant a seed for lifelong service to others.
Webster University’s public art initiative, launched in 2012, aims at giving visual and physical form to the University’s core values related to education, diversity and global citizenship. The Webster University Art Council collaborated with entities in the local and regional communities and beyond to enhance its work, expand its impact and to achieve this mission. This art on campus appears outside of the traditional art settings of studios, classrooms and galleries. Webster’s Public Art initiative invites community members to engage with the campus community to promote, stimulate, respectfully provoke and encourage intellectual dialogue.
In fall 2012, a group of 30 students and faculty from Webster University and a local high school journeyed seven hours by bus to Perryville, Arkansas, for a simulated and integrated experience in third-world poverty at Heifer International Ranch. Webster faculty designed the program as a template for one of 20 proposed Global Keystone classes for Webster juniors beginning in 2014-15. It was the first time the University partnered with a high school as part of a project of this magnitude.
Keystone seminars will be part of the University’s overall Global Citizenship Program that recently replaced the general education requirements for all Webster students. Students entering Webster in 2012 take two seminars — the first-year seminar as new students, and the Global Keystone Seminar as juniors. In addition, students will complete eight courses of at least three credit hours each in the general education portion of the program.
Based on the Real World Survivor course template, the experiential seminar is integrative and interdisciplinary, and exposes students to other cultures, social systems and human behaviors. A unique component to these integrated
seminars is to have multiple instructors for each course – the Heifer seminar included education, philosophy and international relations professors.
At the ranch, the students were divided into families and assigned to a Zambian mud hut, a Tibetan yurt or one of two dilapidated Appalachian dwellings. Over the course of their stay, students and professors alike had to trade labor, barter for food, tend to the animals and figure out other ways to acquire whatever it was they needed to eat. Nightly confessionals were videotaped in the village marketplace.
Unlike the TV show, no one could escape the experience by getting “voted off the ranch.”
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The “Top 100 Degree Producers” survey for 2011 is the only national report of graduate degrees earned by African American, Hispanic, Asian American and American Indian students by U.S. colleges and universities. Webster has consistently achieved top rankings since Diverse: Issues in Higher Education began publishing the survey in 1991. In 2012, Webster’s incoming class was the most diverse ever in the University’s history.
Consolidated net assets at Webster grew almost 95 percent over the past five years, due primarily to superior operating results, generous philanthropic support from alumni and donors, and prudent management of the University’s resources. The increase in net assets is one of the prime indicators of how the University is performing financially.