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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Initiatives Student Success

Promoting Academic Ways to Success

(Cougar PAWS)

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
  • teach.wsu.edu

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
  • 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.