Office of the Provost Discover. Teach. Engage.
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

  • Text message policy now in place

    The Office of the Provost has established a text messaging policy regarding communication with WSU students. WSU entities can text message students, with Provost approval, about matters relating to health and safety, academic success, and items that are critical to WSU’s mission.

    The policy is designed to respect and maintain students’ right to privacy, while maximizing efficiency and effectiveness in communicating with students about important matters. Students may opt out of all text messaging at registration, starting with Spring 2017 registration, and all text messages from WSU entities will include simple opt-out instructions.

    Student phone numbers are not shared with any WSU entity without approval … » More …

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  • Former top military advisor: Strategic atrophy plagues U.S.


    By Linda Weiford, WSU News

    Retired four-star general James Mattis, who once led the United States’ most high-profile military command, addressed a large audience at Washington State University on Tuesday with a word of warning: Turmoil in the Middle East is getting worse and it won’t improve soon.

    As a Marine Corps combat veteran in charge of U.S. Central Command 2010-13, Mattis oversaw military operations in areas that included the hot spots of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    At the Provost’s Invited … » More …

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  • Welcome back Cougs!

    Students make Washington State University a unique, vibrant, life-changing place. It’s been that way since the first students stepped on campus in 1890.

    As the provost, I lead the academic enterprise of WSU. I work with our faculty, staff and leadership to uphold our land grant mission – to serve you as students and provide a transformative educational experience.

    Making the dream of a college degree a reality takes dedication, hard work and resiliency. Take advantage of resources at every campus designed to help you at each stage along your journey. To start:

    Download the myWSU mobile app. It will give you quick … » More …

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  • Revered ‘warrior monk’ general to speak at WSU

    Contact: Kristina Peterson-Wilson, WSU Office of the Provost, 509-335-8915,  

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis – who recently declined bids to enter the U.S. presidential election as a third-party candidate – will present a free, public talk at Washington State University at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in the CUB junior ballroom.

    Widely recognized as a straight-talking yet humble man of brilliance and strategic insight, he will discuss efforts that the United States should and should not undertake to support peace and prosperity in the Middle East. 

    Born in Pullman and raised in Richland, Wash., Mattis served … » More …

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