“When I took office, I put a call out to all the people of Rhode Island. I said: ‘We are going to spark an economic comeback of this great state. And in order to do that, everyone has a role to play…’ Roger Williams University responded. Roger’s Revolution is exactly responsive to making sure that higher education delivers what we need in order to have an economic comeback.”
With those words spoken on September 17, 2015, at a boisterous rally at the Roger Williams National Memorial in downtown Providence, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo offered her take on Roger’s Revolution – an ambitious initiative by which Roger Williams University has committed the collective force of the entire University community toward the Ocean State’s health and prosperity.
Among a series of bold goals announced that day, we promised over the next three years to:
1. provide 100 percent of our graduates – 2,500 over three years – with vitally important marketplace experience;
2. generate 2,100 skilled, job-ready workers through our School of Continuing Studies;
3. develop hundreds of new partnerships with businesses and community groups;
4. and open a vital new Providence campus as part of our commitment to the state’s urban core.
What does this mean for Rhode Islanders? Educated, skilled employees to drive economic development. A greater percentage of college graduates who stay in Rhode Island. Meaningful pathways to workforce development opportunities that lead to careers and career advancement. Specialized expertise from faculty and staff in helping communities to solve real-world problems. And so much more.
“Our public leaders have issued a call to action,” says RWU President Donald J. Farish. “With Roger’s Revolution, we are answering with tangible goals and a force of more than 6,000 students, faculty and staff. We are committed. We are ready. We know we can be part of the solution.”
Or better yet, tell us how you would like to Join the Revolution.