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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Office of the Provost

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Kelly Demand having a conversation two WSU students while pointing at a lap top screen.
WSU fund distributes $500,000 to help students weather COVID-19 crises. The Crimson Community Grants (CCG) fund provided a half million dollars to nearly 800 low‑income students statewide to help meet educational and related expenses during a spring semester impacted by the COVID‑19 pandemic. “It feels good to know we are helping students with $200 to $1,000 awards each to ease their financial crises,” said Kelly Demand (shown above), CCG project director.

Promoting student achievement and supporting great teaching at Washington State University. We invite our students to make change, innovate, and lead for the public good through comprehensive learning and experiences. We champion the great teaching that is involved in that process. Read more about DAESA.


  • Clif Stratton, Director of the UCORE program. WSU UCORE Course Renewals Pended One Year until Fall 2021

    Renewals of University Common Requirements (UCORE) courses at Washington State University have been postponed during the 2020-21 academic year. The decision was made by the 23-member UCORE Committee, which approves such general education courses and assesses the effectiveness of the UCORE curriculum. All existing UCORE courses must be renewed through a formal process to maintain alignment and adherence to UCORE learning outcomes.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Clif Stratton, director of WSU UCORE (University Common Requirements/general education courses), 509-335-2230,

    PULLMAN, Wash.—Renewals of University Common Requirements (UCORE) courses at Washington State University have been postponed during the 2020-21 academic year, Clif Stratton, UCORE director, said … » More …

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  • Michael Highfill, Executive Director of the Office of Academic Engagement; and Ali Bretthauer, Project Director of the ATLAS program. WSU Lands 3 DOE Grants Worth $4M for Services for Veterans, STEM Students, and Future Teachers

    Washington State University’s Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) has received word from the U.S. Dept. of Education (DOE) that it is awarding three student support services grants to benefit veterans, STEM students, and future teachers at the university. OAE Executive Director Michael Highfill said the grants—totaling over $4 million—will each serve between 120 and 140 low-income and first-generation students annually.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Mary F. Wack, WSU vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement, 509-335-8044,

    Michael Highfill, executive director of the WSU Office of Academic Engagement, 509-335-9851,  .

    Beverly Makhani, director of communications and marketing, WSU Division of Academic Engagement and … » More …

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Advancing a Transformational Educational Experience

DAESA leads institutional efforts to engage students academically and to provide a high-impact education for all students that culminates in an undergraduate degree and that prepares them for lives of purpose, leadership, and global citizenship. We accomplish this task through the combined academic-support efforts of the more than 30 units, programs, and sub-programs that make up our division in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

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