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Washington State University Office of the Provost

Initiatives Student Success

The Office of the Provost is dedicated to supporting Washington State University students through its Student Success Initiatives.


The Office of the Provost and the College of Education partnered to create the Aspiring Teacher Leadership and Success (ATLAS) program. Funded by a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education, it provides 140 participants each year with opportunities for academic development, assistance with college requirements, and motivation toward the successful completion of their degrees. The partnership provides an excellent model for student support programs throughout the system. Read about the details of the program on the Provost’s blog.

For more information on ATLAS, contact project director Ali Bretthauer at or (509) 335-0232.

Cougs Rise

Cougs Rise is an initiative funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education offering low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Up to 120 first-year who are enrolled at WSU will take part in a summer bridge program designed to help them build a network of resources, develop a sense of belonging, engage in academic coursework, and participate in other high-impact practices that support long-term student success.

Program Application

For more information on Cougs Rise, contact project director Ray Acuña-Luna at

Invest in Success

The Invest in Success program provides low-income students support, skills and financial assistance to achieve their goals at WSU. Each year, up to 80 undergraduate students will be enrolled  and have the opportunity to receive up to $4,000 in matching funds based on their savings over 10 months in the program. Participants will receive financial literacy training through the SALT program, and academic support through WSU’s student support services. Invest in Success is funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with matching funds provided by Washington State University. Read about the details of Invest in Success on the Provost’s blog.

For more information on Invest in Success, contact project director Kelly Demand at or (509) 335-0583.



For more information on Student Success Initiatives, contact Michael Highfill, director, student success initiatives.

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