- Wayne State University
In 1956, under the control of the Detroit Board of Education, Wayne State University, by formal action of the Governor and Legislature of Michigan, became a formal university. The early history of the university, dating back to 1868, is an account of originally unrelated colleges and schools which were united in 1933 into a single institution.
Wayne State University is Michigan's only urban research university, located in the heart of Detroit's University Cultural Center, spanning 203 acres and is only a short distance from first-class museums, theaters, concert halls and sports arenas. Wayne State University is a comprehensive and diverse university with over 27,000 students enrolled in 13 schools and colleges. There are more than 380 academic programs including bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate, graduate and specialist certificates; and professional programs. Wayne State University is comprised of over 100 buildings and has 5 extension centers in the metropolitan area.
As a university committed to excellence, Wayne State supports a thriving program for top scholars in its Irvin D. Reid Honors College; as a university of opportunity, Wayne State also enrolls a certain percentage of students who may require academic and financial assistance, and provides tailored programs to help these students take best advantage of its vibrant community of learners.
Wayne State's research funding and expenditures are higher than ever in its history — $257 million annually. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Wayne State as a university with very high research activity (RU/VH), a distinction held by only 2.3 percent of U.S. institutions of higher education. The University also has the Carnegie Foundation's most comprehensive classification for community engagement. High Impact Universities, a pilot project to benchmark the research performance of the world's universities, recently ranked Wayne State among the top 25 percent of all universities worldwide for research impact.
- Students at WSU come from 49 states, 65 countries and 5 continents; the diverse student population includes: 16.4% African American, 55.2% White, 3.9% Hispanic (of any race), 7.7% Asian American, 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 2.9% multiracial, and 4.8% of unknown race.
- Students at WSU receive more than $338 million in financial aid and scholarships and have more than 400 student organizations to choose from.
- Wayne State University is ranked among the top 50 public universities in the nation by the National Science Foundation.
- WSU's Hilberry Theater features the nation's first and only full-season graduate repertory company. Each year, the Hilberry Theater graduate program receives more than 500 applications from across the nation for fewer than 20 openings.
- Wayne State's TechTown, a 12-block research and technology park served 1,273 companies between 2007 and 2014, creating 1,203 jobs and securing $107 million in funding. This urban community of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors and corporate partners is creating an internationally influential village in Detroit to stimulate the creation of new businesses and jobs.
- Wayne State is a partner in the University Research Corridor to communicate the vital role Michigan's three research universities play in revitalizing the state economy through transferring technology to the marketplace, educating the work force and attracting talent to the state. The URC produced $2.1 billion in research and development and contributed $17.5 billion to Michigan's economy in the 2014 alone.
- About 30 percent of all practicing physicians in Michigan have received all or part of their medical training at Wayne State; 43 percent of all practicing physicians in the tri-county area have been trained at Wayne State.
- Survey results in The Scientist magazine place WSU among the 15 best research institutions at which to work in academia.
- Wayne State is among the nation's prestigious 2.3 percent of universities with Carnegie classification of RU/VH (Research Universities, Very High research activity).
- Metro Times readers voted WSU the best local college/university in 2007.
- School of Social Work at Wayne State University
The Wayne State University School of Social Work has a long and distinguished history as a school whose master teachers prepare students to excel in beginning and advanced social work practice. The school's reputation for advancing knowledge for social work practice and social welfare policy is earned through research, theory-building, and service of its nationally recognized scholars.
As a school of social work in an urban research university, our mission is to transmit, develop, critically examine, and apply knowledge to advance social work practice and social welfare policy in order to promote social, cultural and economic justice for the betterment of poor, vulnerable, and oppressed individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and society. In addition to degree programs, the school offers the following graduate certificate programs: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies (CADAS), Developmental Disabilities Studies, and Gerontology. A dual-title degree option is also available in social work (MSW) and infant mental health.
Research about social work practice has been an important part of the School's emphasis for over forty years. The School was among the first in the nation to institute a research sequence of courses in its MSW program. Currently, faculty are focused on research, maintaining high rates of publication equal to peer institutions and securing external funding to support their scholarship. In 2015, WSU faculty members were successful in capturing 442 federal research awards totaling more than $123 million. The School sponsors two highly acclaimed internationally and nationally recognized journals, Psychoanalytic Social Work Practice (Jerrold Brandell, founding editor) and the Journal of Community Practice (Ann Alvarez, David Moxley, and colleagues) which are 2 of 41 journals that have been designated as core social work journals by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
The school's reputation for advancing knowledge for social work practice and social welfare policy is earned through the research, theory-building, and service of its nationally recognized scholars. Members of the faculty have been recipients of notable funding over the years, including funding from the NIH-Fogarty Institute, the Hartford Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the U.S Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Faculty at the Wayne State University School of Social Work enjoys a collaborative working environment. The school hosts a regular series of presentations by faculty and students engaged in research – these are informal gatherings to present ideas and gather input.
The School maintains a full range of research and IT supportive services to faculty at the School. The backbone of the information technology infrastructure at the School is a virtual server which is backed up daily that currently links more than 100 faculty and staff PC/Mac OSX workstations.
All computers are linked to the WSU network, and have e-mail capability and Internet access. The School of Social Work has wireless access throughout the building. Many software packages are available on faculty/staff computers, including Microsoft Office and statistical software packages such as SPSS, SAS, Strata, and NVivo. The School supports software and hardware for scannable and online surveys. In Fall 2016, all of the faculty and staff were linked via Microsoft Sharepoint for better document management and collaboration. All faculty and staff have access to on-site conference rooms, each equipped with computers, flat screen TVs, and conference call capability. One conference room is equipped with focus group audio and video recording capabilities.
Ranked among the top 60 of the 123 research library systems in North America, the Wayne State University library system includes: the Arthur Neef Law Library, the Purdy/Kresge Library, the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs, the Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library and its Learning Resource Center at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The School of Library and Information Science and the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) are also under the WSU Library System's charge. These libraries provide a broad range of resources and tools including circulation and collection/book services, computing and media services including software use, wireless and laptop use, printing services, remote services, computing support center and media services. Interlibrary services are also available including interlibrary loans, librarian and research assistance, course and electronic reserves and room reserves. The library system consists of an ALA-accredited Library and Information Science Program and an Office for Teaching and Learning.
The Wayne State Library System is committed to:
- being a national leader in the transition of library collections from print to electronic resources
- offering excellent client services
- training librarians (including school media specialists) in the information age
- developing and supporting student awareness of traditions, goals and structures of universities and their research libraries.
- Computer Resources
Since the mid-1990's, Wayne State University has committed significant resources toward the ambitious goal of becoming the preeminent urban university in the creative and effective use of information technology, one that is known for providing unrivalled connectivity to a rich and diverse collection of shared networking and computing resource and services on and off campus. As part of the University Computer Facilities, WSU has built a reliable networking infrastructure that extends to all classrooms, offices, and laboratories in WSU-owned buildings on both the main and medical school campuses.
WSU's Scientific Computing Department develops, deploys, and maintains a centrally managed, scalable, Grid-enabled computing system capable of storing and running research related high performance computing (HPC) projects. The Grid infrastructure at WSU is designed to allow groups access to many options corresponding to the nature of research being performed. The core Grid services are maintained by the University's central computing staff within the Computing and Information Technology (C&IT) Department.
The Researcher's Dashboard is an easy-to-use and intuitive tool that streamlines and enhances the pre-award and post-award grant processes for both researchers and administrators, providing a secure, easily accessible gateway to researchers' proposal and grant information. The Michigan LamdaRail High Performance Research Network is a high-speed special-purpose data network founded by Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. MiLR provides as many as 40 separate 10 GB per second Ethernet connections between Ann Arbor, Chicago, Detroit, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. The Internet2 Advanced Network is an advanced networking consortium that comprises more than 330 institutions leveraging a high-performance network. It enables services and worldwide partnerships to support and enhance their educational, research, and community service missions.
WSU's Computer & Information Technology (C&IT) division provides statistical research consulting services and technical assistance for WSU graduate students. These research services cover the use of computer technology at any phase of the research process (design, implementation, statistical analysis, or final presentation). C&IT Research Consulting staff also provides support for using the following software: statistical, qualitative analysis, geographic information system (GIS), spreadsheet, database, word processing, presentation, graphics, and desktop publishing. C&IT provides information technology services and resources that support and enhance Wayne State University's teaching, learning, research, and administrative activities. C&IT's primary goal is to provide technology services that enable our students, faculty, and staff to be successful at Wayne State. C&IT strives to provide excellent customer service, respond to the changing needs of the University community, and make it easy and convenient for everyone to use technology on campus. The division also ensures that management at C&IT not only has the technical qualifications for their roles, but also has excellent skills for motivating and dealing with people.
An additional information technology resource is WSU Academica. WSU Academica is a secure Internet gateway that provides single access to: self-services (Web registration, financial aid status, tuition payment, training registration, etc.), computing systems (WSU WebMail, Canvas, OneCard, etc.), and course tools.
When a person logs in to Academica, it recognizes the log-in ID and displays information pertinent to that person's role at WSU (student, alumni, faculty, employee). Think of Academica as a one-stop shop. WSU students can view news about events and opportunities, add or drop classes, check financial aid, holds, and final grades, pay tuition and fees, obtain enrollment verifications and transcripts, view class schedules, update personal contact information, manage OneCard accounts, and keep personal or class calendars. WSU faculty and employees can view news about trainings, speakers, new software programs, payroll information, benefits and records, submit time sheets, update personal contact information, access Canvas, submit final and early assessment grades, keep personal or work calendars, register for workshops and noncredit courses, access administrative systems and reporting tools, and manage OneCard accounts.
- Division of Research
The members of the Division of Research view their role in the context of Wayne State University's mission as a national research university within a diverse urban setting. They are dedicated to providing the students, faculty, and staff of WSU with the best available resources to achieve the highest standards of research and scholarship. These resources include leadership, information, guidance and support.
They accept the challenge of providing leadership in the development of new strategies of scholarship, including those which take full advantage of the strengths of inter-disciplinarity. They participate fully in the partnership between our diverse urban community and WSU, a nationally recognized center of excellence in research, and communicate with pride the academic achievements of the university community which enhance the personal, social and economic well-being of the members of our large community.
WSU is a nationally recognized urban center of excellence in research and one of only two urban public universities holding both the Carnegie "Very High Research" and "Community Engagement" designations. It is among the nation's top public universities for total research expenditures ($254.4 million total; $248.7 million in science and engineering in FY10), ranking in the top 50 among public universities and colleges, according to National Science Foundation reports.
The Division of Research's best indicators of success are recognized scholarship, research productivity, and the transfer of knowledge to our students and the community. They evaluate multiple indicators of accomplishment against national norms and an internal commitment to continuous improvements. Some of the reviews recently conducted include the Operational Review of Research Administration, the Efficiency Process Improvement Committee (EPIC), the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) Assessment of WSU's Research Infrastructure and the Assessment of Commercialization Development Network. The Division is actively following recommendations that have arisen from these reviews and is engaged with the University community in the process.
- Sponsored Program Administration
The Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) Office within the Division of Research is responsible for the institutional oversight for Wayne State University's externally sponsored research projects and programs. The SPA provides service to three distinct groups: 1) faculty, 2) the University, and 3) the sponsors. SPA plays a role throughout the lifecycle of the project that includes:
- Proposal preparation and submission
- Award acceptance
- Successful completion of the project objectives
The SPA helps university faculty and staff address shrinking state appropriations and their subsequent impact on institutional budgets by finding alternative funding sources to accomplish the activities that meet the objectives of our respective colleges, departments and units. SPA's mission is to assist WSU faculty and staff in attaining funding from these sources for both research-based and other programs. After funds are awarded, the SPA ensures that they are utilized in a manner that meets both the institution's and the sponsor's expectations. It provides faculty with assistance in areas related to resource development, grant writing and proposal development, and compliance with programmatic and financial standards.
- Center for Social Work Research
Supporting faculty in their research is the Center for Social Work Research, a state-of-the-art hub linking practice and research to address the most challenging urban problems, build knowledge and capacity with agency and community partners, and conduct research that sustains communities. The mission of the Research Center is to conduct and promote research that advances social work practice and policy in settings that range from urban neighborhoods to international contexts through a process of building internal capacity, establishing relationships, and expanding the body of social work knowledge by disseminating research findings. The Center aims to build connections between community organizations and School of Social Work faculty in order to improve access to social work knowledge and to drive further research with field experiences. Areas of faculty research and expertise include:
- Aging and End-of-Life
- Clinical Social Work and Mental Health
- Families, Children, and Youth
- Health and Health Promotion
- Macro Social Work Practice
- Social Welfare and Public Assistance
- Social Work Education and Ethics
- Interpersonal Violence
The Center helps social work faculty be more effective in their research by providing services such as budgeting assistance, IRB application consulting, assistance finding grants, technical assistance, data retrieval and literature searches, survey creation, data entry, quantitative coding, some descriptive analysis (SPSS), transcription services, qualitative coding, subject recruitment, and interviewing. In addition, the Research Center helps conduct internal assessments of the School of Social Work and provides contracted research support to community agencies.
- Statistical Consulting Services
Wayne State University's Department of Psychology provides statistical consulting services and assistance with the design of research projects and the statistical analysis of data. The service is available free of charge to Wayne State University faculty, staff, post-doctoral students, and graduate students. These research services cover the use of computer technology at any phase of the research process (design, implementation, statistical analysis, or final presentation). Consulting staff also provide support for using the following software: statistical, qualitative analysis, geographic information system (GIS), spreadsheet, database, word processing, presentation, graphics, and desktop publishing. This service is staffed by and housed in the Department of Psychology and funded by Computing and Information Technology, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of the Provost.