Drive to 25
WSU aims to become one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities, preeminent in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement, by 2030. The initiative to achieve top 25 status is known as the “Drive to 25.”
Launch into Learning
This initiative focuses on getting students off to a good, fast start in their academic journeys, lowering barriers to success, providing specific tools for academic assistance and providing resources for ongoing help. The Office of the Provost and Student Affairs, in collaboration with advisors, ASWSU, colleges, Enterprise Systems Group, Institutional Research, the Registrar’s Office, the University Student Success Council, and others are developing information and tools to promote and facilitate deeper academic engagement in the first week of class. These include improved real-time information for enrollment management, communication efforts to new and continuing students to help them navigate registration, financial aid, waitlists and more, assistance for faculty and encouragement to make syllabi available sooner, more academic programming during Week of Welcome (WOW), and more, ongoing preparedness support throughout each academic semester. Assessment data connects student participation in the programming with improved levels of class attendance, retention rates, and semester GPA. This information continues to guide further development of orientation events and new student outreach, Week of Welcome, and coordination of student support into the first weeks of the semester.
Strategic Plan and Progress
The 2014-2019 Strategic Plan provides a clear blueprint forward in Washington State University’s pursuit of becoming one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities. Finalized in the spring of 2014, the plan acknowledges the changing environment in which WSU – and every other higher education institution in the country – operates today in terms of funding models, the impact of technology, and the changing demographic of our student body. It also places more emphasis on accountability, transparency and institutional effectiveness.
Promoting Academic Ways to Success
The success of WSU students is fundamental to our success as an institution. The Provost’s Office, in collaboration with numerous faculty, staff, and administrative offices throughout the university have developed a new initiative to help foster student success. Cougar PAWS – Promoting Academic Ways to Success – focuses on strengthening the academic preparedness of incoming students; supporting faculty innovation and excellence in teaching; and providing the technology and other tools that support student success.
Student Success Initiatives
The Office of the Provost is committed to supporting students through programming designed to foster success and increase their chances of earning a WSU degree. Michael Highfill, director of student success initiatives, has initiated three grant-funded programs: ATLAS (Aspiring Teacher Leadership and Success), Cougs Rise, and Invest in Success.