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Washington State University Office of the Provost


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 statewide initiative to achieve top 25 status is known as the “Drive to 25”.

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.

Student Success Seed Grants

The Office of the Provost partnered with the Division of Student Affairs to issue a call for proposals for student success seed grants. The accepted proposals were funded at a maximum of $25,000 for 18 months. For further information, please email to

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