Promoting Academic Ways to Success
The Provost’s Initiative to Support a Culture of Innovation and Success in Academics at Washington State University
Supporting Faculty Innovation and Excellence in Instruction
- Authorization of early appointments for new faculty
- Course redesign grants
- Increased support for Teaching Academy
- University Teaching Innovations Series
- Facilitating opportunities for academic/student affairs collaboration
- Hiring of emerging technology specialists (through Global Campus)
- Innovation seed grants for Teaching and Learning
- Maximizing the Affordances of Contemporary Technologies in Education (MATE) Conference
Strengthening Academic Preparation and Student Success
- Launch into Learning initiative to facilitate and support academic engagement from day one of the semester
- Increased Week of Welcome academic and preparedness workshops and resources
- Calculated Success summer program to help students sharpen math readiness
- Integration of academic skills development into Week of Welcome and lower-division courses
- Automatic enrollment in selected freshman English and first math course
- Direct to Degree program
Providing Tools and Policies That Facilitate Academic Support and Student Success
- Student Success Collaborative advising and academic success tracking tool
- eXplorance Blue online teaching and workshop evaluation tool
- Online advising and enrollment tools (e.g., online advising notes, MyPlanner, online advising scheduling)
- Originality checking tools to prevent plagiarism (iThenticate)
- Upgraded learning management system tool (Blackboard)
- Upgraded wireless technology in classrooms; recording of lectures in some high-enrollment STEM courses
- Improved enrollment management forecasting tools
- View availability and timeline
Focused on achieving strategic goals
- Theme 1: Exceptional Research, Innovation, and Creativity
- 1.e: Increase engagement and productivity of graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and undergraduates in mentored research, innovative projects, and creative endeavors.
- Theme 2: Transformative Student Experience
- 2.a: Enhance student engagement and achievement in academics and cocurricular activities.
- 2.b: Increase the size, diversity, and academic preparedness of the undergraduate and graduate student populations in Pullman and at the urban campuses.
- 2.c: Produce graduates who are highly sought by post-baccalaureate and post-graduate employers and graduate/professional programs.
- 2.d: Align student recruitment, admissions, and retention system-wide to enhance access, inclusiveness, and student success.
- Theme 3: Outreach and Engagement
- 3.a: Increase the impact of WSU research, scholarship, creative, and outreach activities on quality of life and economic development within the state and region.
- 3.b: Increase access to the WSU system for place-bound, non-traditional, first-generation, and other underserved and underrepresented students.
- Theme 4: Institutional Effectiveness
- 4.a: Recruit, retain, and advance a diverse intellectual mix of faculty, staff, and students, including women and those from underrepresented groups.