We started as a small college to serve rural and
low-income students from the Lower Valley, many of them the first of their
families to receive any higher education. Now, Heritage University, provides
students the opportunity to study in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate
degree programs where bright, hardworking students from throughout the entire
Yakima Valley and beyond work alongside passionate faculty and staff to fulfill
their potential for the betterment of their communities and the world.
Heritage's growth, while impressive, has not
kept pace with the eight-fold increase in newcomer Washingtonians. The state
and the nation have gotten more diverse, more populous and more full of
promising first-generation college students. There's a greater demand for
excellent and affordable higher education, as well as for more college-educated
workers to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow.
In order to maintain a leadership role, we are looking ahead.
Since 2010, when Dr. John Bassett became
president of Heritage, we've hired more than 30 new faculty and administrative
leaders, attracting to Heritage top talent from Washington and across the
nation. And now the university's board has approved a comprehensive campaign to
fund plans that will allow the University to grow and keep pace with the
demands of our state and create a learning environment that graduates leaders
who meet the needs of the 21st-century employers.
Our campaign for growth consists of four pillars: