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Washington State University faculty members are among the most productive and effective researchers on the planet. As an institution, we value and support exceptional research, innovation, and creativity, and work to align those efforts with the needs and challenges of our state, nation, and world.

  • Goal 1: Increase productivity in research, innovation, and creativity to address the grand challenges and opportunities of the future.
  • Goal 2: Further develop WSU’s unique strengths and opportunities for research, innovation, and creativity based on its locations and land-grant mandate to be responsive to the needs of Washington state.
  • Goal 3: Advance WSU’s reach both nationally and internationally in existing and emerging areas of achievement.
Students are the top priority at Washington State University. Faculty and staff work together to provide a transformative student experience at every level and ensure that all students have the opportunity to successfully complete their degree program.

  • Goal 1: Provide an excellent teaching and learning opportunity to a larger and more diverse student population.
  • Goal 2: Provide a university experience centered on student engagement, development, and success, which prepares graduates to lead and excel in a diverse United States and global society.
  • Goal 3: Improve curricular and student support infrastructure to enhance access, educational quality, and student success in a growing institution.
True to its land-grant mission, Washington State University is committed to fully engaging with institutions, communities, governments and the private sector. Partnership increases access to new knowledge and technology, and in the process, positively impacts economic vitality, education outcomes, and quality of life at the local, state, and international levels. We truly are Washington State’s university.

  • Goal 1: Increase access to and breadth of WSU’s research, scholarship, creative, academic, and extension programs throughout Washington and the world.
  • Goal 2: Expand and enhance WSU’s engagement with institutions, communities, governments, and the private sector.
  • Goal 3: Increase WSU faculty, staff, and students’ contributions to economic vitality, educational outcomes, and quality of life at the local, state, and international levels.
Our success hinges on being responsible and effective in all that we do, and that means embracing and leveraging a diverse community, working with impeccable integrity, and operating with openness and transparency.

  • Goal 1: Create and sustain a university community that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable.
  • Goal 2: Cultivate a system-wide culture of organizational integrity, effectiveness, and openness that facilitates pursuit of the institution’s academic aspirations.
  • Goal 3: Steward and diversify resources invested by students, the public, and private stakeholders in a responsible way to ensure economic viability of the institution.



As the chief academic officer for Washington State University I have the distinct privilege to work with senior leadership, deans, faculty, and staff to shape every aspect of the academic enterprise at this great institution. With a new strategic plan in place, we have a clear and compelling blueprint for the future. With a 125-year history as Washington’s land-grant research university, we have a deep, rich foundation on which to build.

As a Coug myself, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve.

Best Regards,

Dan Bernardo


News and Announcements

  • Resources for our students

    The end of a semester and finals can be a stressful timeframe for our students. As such, I would like to take the opportunity to remind you of some of the key resources we have available.

    Stress can impact physical and mental health. Health and Wellness Services and Counseling and Psychological Services are available to students at all of our WSU campuses.

    After hours, students can call the Jed Foundation hotline at (800) 273-8255. The Jed Foundation is committed to protecting emotional health and preventing suicide.

    The following offices on our campuses are also available to provide support, information, and referrals:


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  • Fill out the FAFSA by Nov. 30

    In 2015, President Obama took action to change the timeline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students now use their prior year’s tax information to fill out the FAFSA, and the priority deadline is November 30.

    After more than a year of preparation, WSU’s Office of Student Financial Services is seeing a strong response to the change. More than half of our students have already filled out their 2017 FAFSA. They should expect an earlier, more accurate picture of their anticipated financial aid and college costs for next year.

    Nearly 80 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and the … » More …

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  • Summer 2016 Classroom Technology Upgrades Completed

    Three general university classrooms in Clark Hall were equipped with technology during summer and are available for scheduling.  » More …

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  • Faculty: Order textbooks before Oct. 28 to save students money

    The Office of the Provost is partnering with students, faculty, and staff to explore and implement ways to save students money on textbooks and classroom materials.

    One of the simplest ways faculty can help is by submitting textbook orders for future terms as early as possible. Submitting orders for the spring 2017 semester by Oct. 28 allows the Bookie to buy back students’ used books at a higher rate. Students are able to recoup more of their money spent on textbooks.

    There are many ways faculty members can submit textbook orders:

    Call the Bookie at 509-335-2537
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